Barry Cole

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Barry Cole (born 1936, Balham, South London) is a British poet.

Apart from two years (1970-1972) as Northern Arts Fellow in Literature at the universities of Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne, and two years (1955-1957) in the RAF as a National Serviceman, he worked until 1995 as an editor at the Central Office of Information, and is now a freelance editor and writer. He has published seven collections of poems and four novels. His poems appear in more than a dozen anthologies, including Philip Larkin's The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse and British Poetry since 1945.

Married with three grown daughters and four grandchildren, he has lived with his wife Rita for the past forty-seven years near Sadler's Wells Theatre, Islington.