John Agard

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John Agard

John Agard

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BIOGRAPHY

PLAYWRIGHT, POET, SHORT-STORY AND CHILDREN'S WRITER JOHN AGARD WAS BORN ON 21 JUNE 1949 IN BRITISH GUIANA (NOW GUYANA). HE WORKED FOR THE GUYANA SUNDAY CHRONICLE NEWSPAPER AS SUB-EDITOR AND FEATURE WRITER BEFORE MOVING TO ENGLAND IN 1977, WHERE HE BECAME A TOURING LECTURER FOR THE COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE, TRAVELLING TO SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE UK TO PROMOTE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF CARIBBEAN CULTURE. IN 1993 HE WAS APPOINTED WRITER IN RESIDENCE AT THE SOUTH BANK CENTRE, LONDON, AND BECAME POET IN RESIDENCE AT THE BBC IN LONDON, AN APPOINTMENT CREATED AS PART OF A SCHEME RUN BY THE POETRY SOCIETY IN LONDON. HE ALSO PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN THE 'WINDRUSH' SEASON OF PROGRAMMES IN 1998. HE WON THE PAUL HAMLYN AWARD FOR POETRY IN 1997 AND HAS TRAVELLED EXTENSIVELY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD PERFORMING HIS POETRY.

HIS PUBLISHED POETRY INCLUDES MAN TO PAN (1982), WINNER OF THE CASA DE LAS AMÉRICAS PRIZE, LIMBO DANCER IN DARK GLASSES (1983), MANGOES AND BULLETS: SELECTED AND NEW POEMS 1972-84 (1985) AND WEBLINES (2000). HE IS ALSO THE AUTHOR OF MANY CHILDREN'S BOOKS, INCLUDING LEND ME YOUR WINGS (1987), WHICH WAS SHORTLISTED FOR THE NESTLÉ SMARTIES BOOK PRIZE. HE HAS CONTRIBUTED TO, AND EDITED, SEVERAL ANTHOLOGIES, INCLUDING THE PENGUIN BOOK OF CARIBBEAN VERSE (1986), AND IS ALSO CO-EDITOR OF A CARIBBEAN DOZEN (1994) WITH HIS PARTNER, THE POET GRACE NICHOLS, WITH WHOM HE ALSO CO-WROTE NO HICKORY, NO DICKORY, NO DOCK IN 1991. THEIR LATEST COLLABORATION IS TIGER DEAD! TIGER DEAD! STORIES FROM THE CARIBBEAN (2008).

John Agard lives in south-east England. His poetry collection We Brits (2006), was shortlisted for the 2007 British Book Awards Decibel Writer of the Year award. His latest poetry collection is Clever Backbone (2009). A further Selected Poems, Alternative Anthem, was also published in 2009.  

 
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Genres (in alphabetical order)

CHILDREN, DRAMA, POETRY, SHORT STORIES
 
 

Bibliography

SHOOT ME WITH FLOWERS   PUBLISHED IN GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, 1974 Letters for Lettie, and Other Stories   Bodley Head, 1979
Dig Away Two-Hole Tim   Bodley Head, 1981
Man to Pan   Casa de las Américas (Cuba), 1982
I Din Do Nuttin, and Other Poems   Bodley Head, 1983
Limbo Dancer in Dark Glasses   Greenheart, 1983
Livingroom   Black Ink, 1983
Caribbean Poetry Now   (contributor)   Hodder & Stoughton, 1984 Mangoes and Bullets: Selected and New Poems 1972-84   Pluto Press, 1985 Say It Again, Granny!   Bodley Head, 1986
The Penguin Book of Caribbean Verse   (contributor)   Penguin, 1986 Lend Me Your Wings   Hodder & Stoughton, 1987
Life Doesn't Frighten Me At All   (editor)   Heinemann, 1989 Go Noah Go!   Hodder & Stoughton, 1990
Laughter is an Egg   Viking, 1990
The Calypso Alphabet   Collins, 1990
Border Country: Poems in Progress   (contributor)   Wood Wind Publications, 1991 No Hickory, No Dickory, No Dock   (with Grace Nichols)   Viking, 1991 Grandchildren of Albion   (contributor)   New Departures, 1992 Heinemann Book of Caribbean Poetry   (contributor)   Heinemann, 1992 The Emperor's Dan-dan   Hodder & Stoughton, 1992

A Stone's Throw from Embankment: The South Bank Collection   Royal Festival Hall, 1993 The Great Snakeskin   Ginn, 1993
A Caribbean Dozen   (co-edited with Grace Nichols)   Walker Books, 1994 Granfather's Old Bruk-a-Down Car   Bodley Head, 1994
Oriki and the Monster Who Hated Balloons   Longman, 1994
The Monster Who Loved Cameras   Longman, 1994
The Monster Who Loved Telephones   Longman, 1994
The Monster Who Loved Toothbrushes   Longman, 1994
Eat a Poem, Wear a Poem   Heinemann Young Books, 1995
Poems in My Earphone   (editor)   Longman, 1995
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