The celebrated poet Roger McGough was born in Liverpool, and studied at St. Mary’s College and the University of Hull. He has been a full-time writer for many years having come to prominence in the 1960’s as one of the Liverpool poets. His numerous collections have established him as a popular, distinctive and powerful voice in contemporary poetry. He has read his own work all over Britain and overseas in public performances for adults and children, and has also appeared frequently on radio and television, making regular contributions to BBC Radio’s Poetry please and the World Service. He has recently been published in New Penguin modern poets, no. 4. McGough has received several awards for his work, including the best poetry book for children in 1983 and BAFTA and Royal Television Society awards for television programmes, and was nominated for an EMMY for his lyrics for the US production of The Wind in the willows. He received the O.B.E. in 1997. McGough’s BAMS medal, In Good Hands, reflects the symbiotic relationship that can exist between poetry and the medal, The medal’s reverse carries a poem, inscribed on a starry surface: ‘Where night falls The earth is always There to catch it’.