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A Gallery to Play toThe Story of the Mersey Poets$
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Phil Bowen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311253

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312496

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Brian Patten 1946–1961

Brian Patten 1946–1961

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Brian Patten was born on February 7, 1946 at 100 Wavertree Vale, which ran into the antiquated city end of Picton Road on the fringes of Liverpool 8. In contrast to Adrian Henri and Roger McGough, both of whom can name favourite early childhood authors, Patten grew up in a house with only one book, which he found when he was six years old. Nevertheless, he began reading avidly, developing an early interest in Jack London, and attended Lawrence Road Junior School and Sefton Park Secondary Modern School. Patten describes his childhood in such works as Little Johnny's Confession, Mr Moon's Last Case, and Armada. His life would change after reading a Streate's advert in the Liverpool Echo.

Keywords:   Brian Patten, Liverpool 8, Lawrence Road School, Sefton Park School, Streate's, Liverpool Echo, Armada, Little Johnny's Confession, Mr Moon

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