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James Fenton

James Fenton was born in Lincoln in 1949 and educated at Magdalen College Oxford where he won the Newdigate Prize for poetry. He has worked as political journalist, drama critic, book reviewer, war correspondent, foreign correspondent and columnist. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was Oxford Professor of Poetry 1994-99. In 2007, Fenton was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.