- Dylan Thomas born, in Swansea, Wales (1914)
- Sylvia Plath, born in Boston, Massachusetts (1932)
- Maxine Hong Kingston, born Maxine Hong in Stockton, California (1940) and
- Zadie Smith, born in London (1975)
Facts from The Writer's Almanac, which sends you amazing nuggets of writerly information and a daily poem. You can hear the daily radio programme online, presented by author Garrison Keillor. Great fun.