Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent UK. After reading history at Oxford, she worked as a primary school teacher in London until the publication of her first book, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, in 1986. Since then she has been freelance. Her fifth collection of poems, Anecdotal Evidence, was published in 2018. She has also written for children and edited several anthologies. She was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 2010.
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