Simon Rae

Children's author, Young adults' author, Author of books for adults, Poet, Scriptwriter

Available for:
After dinner speaking


Cricket Society Literary Award, 1998
Winner, National Poetry Competition, 1999

Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 6th Form and college


I am currently the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at St.Hilda's College, Oxford, but don't let that put you off.  I am just as happy with a classroom of young writers, or giving Shakespeare lectures on a cruise ship. I have a wide experience both of helping writers (of all ages) and of public speaking on a variety of topics.  For five years in the early 90s I was the presenter of Radio 4's popular programme, Poetry Please! and for about ten years was paid by the Guardian to write rude poems about politicians.  I have also written the definitive biography of the world's greatest cricketer, W.G.Grace and can still claim to be an expert on Victorian cricket.  I run my own (tiny) theatre company, Top Edge Productions, and in recent years have branched out into fiction, both for young readers and adults.  I am based in Oxfordshire, which is well placed for travel to most parts of the UK, and would love to hear from anyone who thinks they might be interested in what I have to offer.

This is a representative sample of my books, both poetry, non-fiction and fiction (plus one big poetry anthology)
Soft Targets: Poems from the Weekend Guardian, with cartoons by Willie Rushton (isbn:1852241659)

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Rapid Response: Poems from the Guardian, 1991-1996 (isbn:0903074966)

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The Face of War with cartoons by Ronald Searle
Gift Horses (poems) (isbn:190463429X)

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The 20th Century in Poetry, ed with Michael Hulse (isbn:3579108642)

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W.G.Grace: A Life (isbn:0571178553)

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Unplayable (with a Forward by Mike Gatting) (isbn:9780954549541)

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Keras (isbn:13579108642)

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Medusa's Butterfly (isbn:13579108642)

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The Society of Authors

Other search criteria:

Crime/Thrillers, History and Biography, Horror, Poetry, Sci-fi and Fantasy, Sport

Book Type:
Non fiction for adults, Fiction for adults, Fiction for children (any age), Fiction 8-13, Young Adult, Educational books

cricket/Victorian sport, poetry, children's fantasy, crime, skype