Poet Anthony Thwaite has been at the centre of English literary life for over 50 years, and was awarded the OBE in 1990. As well as being a renowned poet, he has been a director at the London publishers Andrew Deutsch, producer for BBC radio, literary editor of The Listener, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Libya, Henfield Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia, literary editor of the New Statesman, and co-editor of Encounter for 12 years. In 1986 he was Chairman of the Judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction.
Together with Andrew Motion, Anthony is literary executor of the estate of Philip Larkin and he has edited Larkin's Collected Poems
(1988), Selected Letters
(1992) and Further Requirements
His poetry collections go back as far as 1953, and culminate with his seventeenth collection, Collected Poems
, published in 2007. An interest in archaeology has influenced much of his work: he curated an exhibition at The Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, entitled A Poet's Pots, in 1998, and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 2000. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 1978.
Anthony Thwaite lives in Norfolk with his wife Ann, the biographer and children's book writer. They have four daughters and ten grandchildren.