William Shakespeare (Author) William Shakespeare was born in 1564, the son of a glove-maker from Stratford-upon-Avon, and spent much of his adult life in London. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. Shakespeare’s poetry first appeared in 1593, dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothesley, the 3rd Earl of Southampton. It is unknown when he wrote each sonnet, but the collection was first published in 1609. He died in 1616, aged 52. James Anthony (Author) James Anthony was born in 1970, the son of an engineer from Peterborough, and has spent much of his adult life in London. He cut his teeth building cars for Ford Motor Company in Dagenham. This is James’s first published work of poetry. James Anthony is still seeking an aristocratic patron.