WORD! Black History Month Special With John Agard

Thursday 26th October

Join us for a special evening celebrating the poetry and words of international poet John Agard – “A unique and energetic force in contemporary British poetry” (Poetry Archive) and local poet sensations brought to you through a collaboration between Renaissance One and WORD! We’ll offer a space for conversation, performance and a Caribbean-style lime.


John Agard is a poet, playwright and short story writer who grew up in Guyana, where his love of language stemmed from listening to cricket commentaries on the radio.  He has

won many prizes, including the Smarties Book Prize and the Queen’s Gold Medal and in 2021 was awarded the prestigious BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding contribution to children’s literature.  John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and his work appears in an AQA anthology for GCSE English Literature.

With his wife, the poet Grace Nichols, John has edited the Walker anthologies A Caribbean Dozen and Under the Moon and Over the Sea, and he is the author of the Carnegie-longlisted My Name Is Book.

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