Wendy Cope (b.1945)
Read by Catherine Quinn, Women's Captain, Lucy Cavendish Boat Club
Wendy Cope (born. 1945) is a poet whose witty lyrics and pitch-perfect parodies have gained her a readership far beyond most of her peers. Wendy was raised in Kent, England, where her parents often recited poetry out loud to her. She has published several volumes of poetry including Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis and Serious Concerns.
Cope possesses a remarkable talent for parody and for using humour to address grave topics. The joke has often been centred on men from the point of view of the single heterosexual woman, and this is most famously used in ‘Bloody Men’ .