Brian Patten was born in Liverpool. His collections of poetry include Love Poems, Storm Damage, Grinning Jack and Armada (Flamingo Books, HarperCollins). His books of verse for children include Gargling with Jelly, Thawing Frozen Frogs, and Juggling with Gerbils. He is the author of the award winning novel, Mr Moon’s Last Case, and the editor of many anthologies including The Puffin Book of 20th-Century Childrens Verse. He has also written for radio, stage and television, and his work has been translated and published in many languages. Brian Patten was awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2001.