Adrian Mitchell was born in London and studied at Oxford University where he passed most of his time learning to write poems. After leaving University, Adrian spent several years as a journalist and his great claim to fame is that he was the first reporter on a national paper to interview the Beatles. Adrian has been a full-time writer of plays, stories and poems since 1965 and has become one of today's finest poets and playwrights. He is a regular performer for adults and children and has given over a thousand poetry readings throughout Britain, Europe, USA, Africa and Asia. Adrian is a greatly admired playwright and has written THE WHITE DEER, THE WILD ANIMAL SONG CONTEST, MOWGLI’S JUNGLE, THE SNOW QUEEN and THE PIED PIPER for children, and for adults, TYGER (The National Theatre) and MAN FRIDAY. Adrian's version of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company for whom he also adapted ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THROUGH THE LOOKING CLASS for the stage. He has also written three Beatrix Potter plays which have been staged with great success by The Unicorn Theatre for Children – TOM KITTEN, JEMIMA PUDDLE-DUCK and PETER RABBIT AND HIS FRIENDS. He writes plays for television, lyrics for shows and adapts foreign plays for the theatre.