Sir Stephen Spender (1909-1995) was an English poet, knighted in 1983. He fought in the Spanish Civil War, and much of his poetry was born out of social protest.
Craig Raine is an English poet and critic born in 1944.
Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was an English poet and children's writer. He married American poet Sylvia Plath, and was British Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death.
Andrew Motion (b. 1952) was British Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009, and is the first Laureate to retire.
Seamus Heaney (b. 1939) is an Irish poet, writer and academic. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.
John Lee Hooker (1917-2001) was an American Blues musician.
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In this celebrated novella (1915) by Franz Kafka, a travelling salesman wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant insect, with dreadful consequences for his work, his family and, ultimately, his health.
An award given to the undergraduate at the University of Oxford who is deemed to have written the best composition in English verse that year. Winners have included Oscar Wilde, John Buchan and Matthew Arnold.
Paul Ekman (b. 1934) is an American psychologist who has focused his studies on human emotions and their expression through facial expressions.