Ruth Padel (b. 1947) has won the National Poetry Competition and written six collections of poetry, several shortlisted for the T S Eliot or Whitbread Prize; taught Greek at Oxford, sung in an Istanbul nightclub.
Don Paterson (b. 1963) is an accomplished jazz musician as well as a poet which might partially account for the complex harmonies of his work. Born in Dundee, he left school to pursue a career in music, moving to London in 1984.
Tom Paulin (b. 1949) is a poet, essayist, editor and lecturer, and a regular panellist on the BBC's Newsnight Review. He won the Somerset Maugham award for his first Faber collection, A State of Justice.