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|Birth:||20th October, 1932|
|Death:||20th December, 2008|
|Profession:||Novelist, Playwriter, Poet|
Adrian Mitchell FRSL was an English poet, novelist and playwright. Adrian Mitchell was born near Hampstead Heath, North London. He was educated at Monkton Combe School, "a school full of bullies, whose playground he characterised as 'the killing ground'". He then went to Greenways at Ashton Gifford House in Wiltshire, run at the time by a friend of his mother. His schooling was completed as a boarder at Dauntsey's School, after which he did his National Service in the RAF. He went on to study English at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was taught by J.R.R. Tolkien’s son. He became chairman of the university's poetry society and the literary editor of Isis magazine. On graduating Mitchell got a job as a reporter on the Oxford Mail and, later, at the Evening Standard in London. Soon afterwards I became a freelance journalist, writing about pop music for the Daily Mail and TV for the pre-tabloid Sun and the Sunday Times. I quit journalism in the mid-Sixties and since then have been a free-falling poet, playwright and writer of stories."
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