Alan Brownjohn was born in London in 1931. A regular broadcaster, reviewer and contributor to journals including the Times Literary Supplement, Encounter and the Sunday Times, Alan Brownjohn was poetry critic for the New Statesman, and Chairman of the Poetry Society between 1982 and 1988. His first collection of poetry, The Railings, was published in 1961. Other poetry books include Collected Poems 1952-1983 (1983, re-issued in 1988) and The Observation Car (1990). He is also the author of four novels, The Way You Tell Them: A Yarn of the Nineties (1990), The Long Shadows (1997), A Funny Old Year (2001) and Windows On The Moon (2009), as well as two books for children and a critical study of the poet Philip Larkin. His most recent collection of poetry is The Men Around Her Bed (2004). A Collected Poems was published in 2006.