Brian Patten

Brian Patten

An English poet born in Liverpool, member of the British Royal Academy of Literature. His first publication dates back to the second half of the 1960s. At the age of fifteen, he left formal education and decided to devote himself solely to poetry. His first collection Little Johnny's Confession earned him the Eric Gregory Award. The hero of these poems is a child who is at constant odds with oppressive authority and who rebels against all he's been taught. Patten was instrumental in the revival of oral poetry, taking it out of the universities and onto the street. He participated in the creation of the anthology The Mersey Sound - one of the most famous poetry books in history, now a Penguin Modern Classic, which features Patten's work along with Adrian Henri and Roger McGough. The Biuro Literackie literary agency has published his books for children The Elephant and the Flower (Słoń i kwiat) and Jumping Mouse (Skaczący Myszka), as well as the poetry collection Now We Will Either Sleep, Lie Still Or Dress Again (Teraz będziemy spać, leżeć bez ruchu lub ubierzemy się na powrót).