Brian Patten

Brian Patten (born 7 February 1946, Liverpool, Lancashire, England) is an English poet, born in a working-class neighbourhood near the docks. He left school at fifteen, and was hired by a private newspaper called "The Bootle Times" to write a column on popular music. One of his first articles was on Roger McGough and Adrian Henri, who later joined Brian in forming the performance group called the Liverpool Poets. The group performed poetry for audiences and also released an anthology called "The Mersey Sound", which sold thousands of copies.

Patten received early encouragement from Philip Larkin, and Charles Causley once commented: "[Patten] reveals a sensibility profoundly aware of the ever-present possibility of the magical and the miraculous, as well as of the granite-hard realities.