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John Agard

2 June 2014

John Agard

John Agard is an award-winning Guyanese poet, playwright, and a writer of children's books who in 2013 was a recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.  He has won numerous awards including the Paul Hamlyn Award for Poetry and the Casas and his poems have been featured in the English GCSE anthology since 2002. A former Writer-in-Residence at the South Bank Centre and a BBC Poet-in-Residence, he tours around the world to give readings and talks.  He has published over thirty works of poetry, prose and anthologies including We Brits, Alternative Anthem, Goldilocks on CCTV, Einstein the Girl That Hated Maths and, in 2013, the poetry collection, Travel Light Travel Dark.

'A specialist in word trickery - Agard is one of our most consistent, culture-crossing spokesmen' Poetry Review

One of the most eloquent contemporary poets - rich in literary and cultural allusion, yet as direct as a voice in the bus queue' Observer

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