Robert Cole

Robert Cole was born at Redhill General Hospital just in time to see England win the 1966 World Cup. He grew up with six brothers and sisters. Home was pretty suburban but backed on deciduous woods and open farmland. Robert attended Reigate Grammar School, read English Language and Literature at the University of Hull and took a diploma in Newspaper Journalism at The City University, London, in 1989.

Robert has worked as a financial journalist at The Independent, The London Evening Standard, The Times and Reuters. At The Times, Robert worked mostly in the business section but also as a leader writer, book reviewer, lifestyle features writer, home news and chief obituaries writer. In 2015, he won a Reuters’ Journalist of the Year Award. He led the financial journalism specialism at The City University in London for ten academic years between 1995 and 2007 and from 2011 to 2015. He was given an honorary visiting fellowship at The City University in 2008.

Before moving to Brockley, London SE4, in 1999, Robert lived in Stoke Newington, Highgate and Hertford. His wife is called Emma. He has four children: Beth, Jojo, Maurice and Tilly. Robert likes to walk, read, write, garden, take photographs, watch some sport, go to the theatre, cook and muck about with the family. He also has a thing about post boxes; he calls it Trollopsarianism.


About London Poems

London Poems is a slim volume written by a middle-aged English fat bloke. The poems were composed in London, about places in London and in reference to feelings that emerged as the writer found himself processing random thoughts in or near London.

The subjects of the poems are those, pretty much, that have preoccupied practitioners since the year dot. They are about love, loss,self-examination, and the woes of the world. A few more uplifting verses are chucked in to deflect accusations of rank melancholy.

Readers may spot the poets of the great tradition to whom debts are owed. One of the writer’s methods is to match the occasional overflow of powerful feelings to a poem from the canon. It doesn’t matter whether readers’get’these references. It is appropriate, however, to give credit where it is due.

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Robert is especially indebted to Elizabeth Browning, William Blake, Gaius Valerius Catullus, John Cooper Clarke, Wendy Cope, Emily Dickinson, TS Eliot, UA Fanthorpe, Stephen Fry, Thomas Gray, Thomas Hardy,Tony Harrison, AE Housman, Patrick Kavanagh, Clive James, John Keats, Philip Larkin, John Milton, Adrian Mitchell, Ruth Pitter, Dylan Thomas, Wilfred Owen, Brian Patten, Christina Rossetti, Vikram Seth, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, WB Yeats, and Benjamin Zephaniah.

London Poems book