John Agard

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John Agard
Born(1949-06-21) 21 June 1949 (age 63)
British Guiana
Occupationplaywright, poet and children's writer
LanguageEnglish
EthnicityAfro-Guyanese[1]
 
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John Agard
Born(1949-06-21) 21 June 1949 (age 63)
British Guiana
Occupationplaywright, poet and children's writer
LanguageEnglish
EthnicityAfro-Guyanese[1]

John Agard (born 21 June 1949 in British Guiana) is an Afro-Guyanese playwright, poet and children's writer, now living in the United Kingdom.

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Background

Agard grew up in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana). He loved to listen to cricket commentary on the radio and began making up his own, which led to a love of language.[2] He went on to study English, French and Latin at 'A' level, writing his first poetry when he was in the sixth-form. Leaving school in 1967, he taught the languages he had studied and worked in a local library. He was also a sub-editor and feature writer for the Guyana Sunday Chronicle, publishing two books whilst still in Guyana.[2] His father settled in London and Agard moved to the UK with his partner Grace Nichols in 1977, settling in Ironbridge, Shropshire.[3][4] He worked for the Commonwealth Institute and the BBC in London. His awards include the Paul Hamlyn Award for Poetry in 1997 and the Cholmondeley Award in 2004. Agard was Poet-in-Residence at the National Maritime Museum in 2008. His poem Half Caste has been featured in the AQA English GCSE anthology since 2002, meaning that many students (aged 14 – 16) have studied his work for their GCSE English qualification. Agard now lives in Rye, East Sussex.

Awards

Books by Agard

  • 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
  • Mangoes and Bullets: Selected and New Poems 1972-84 Pluto Press, 1985
  • Say It Again, Granny! Bodley Head, 1986
  • Lend Me Your Wings Hodder & Stoughton, 1987
  • Go Noah Go! Hodder & Stoughton, 1990
  • Laughter is an Egg Viking, 1990
  • The Calypso Alphabet Collins, 1990
  • No Hickory, No Dickory, No Dock (with Grace Nichols) Viking, 1991
  • 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
  • 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
  • Get Back, Pimple! Viking, 1996
  • We Animals Would Like a Word With You Bodley Head, 1996
  • From the Devil's Pulpit Bloodaxe, 1997 ISBN 1-85224-406-2
  • Brer Rabbit: The Great Tug-o-war Bodley Head, 1998
  • Points of View with Professor Peekabo Bodley Head, 2000
  • Weblines Bloodaxe, 2000 ISBN 1-85224-480-1
  • Come Back to Me My Boomerang (with Lydia Monks) Orchard, 2001
  • Einstein, The Girl Who Hated Maths Hodder Children's Books, 2002
  • Number Parade: Number Poems from 0-100 (with Jackie Kay, Grace Nichols, Nick Toczek and Mike Rosen) LDA, 2002
  • Hello H20 Hodder Children's Books, 2003
  • From Mouth to Mouth (with Grace Nichols; illustrated by Annabel Wright) Walker, 2004
  • Baby Poems Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2005
  • Half-Caste Hodder & Stoughton, 2005
  • Butter-Finger (with Bob Cattell, illustrated by Pam Smy) Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2006
  • We Brits Bloodaxe, 2006 ISBN 978-1-85224-733-1
  • Wriggle Piggy Toes (with Jenny Bent) Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2006
  • Shine On, Butter-Finger (with Bob Cattell, illustrated by Pam Smy) Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2007
  • The Young Inferno (illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura) Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2008
  • Tiger Dead! Tiger Dead!: Stories from the Caribbean (with Grace Nicholls, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura) Collins Educational, 2008
  • Alternative Anthem: Selected Poems (with DVD) Bloodaxe, 2009 ISBN 978-1-85224-823-9
  • Clever Backbone Bloodaxe, 2009 ISBN 978-1-85224-822-2
  • The Young Inferno (illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura) Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2009
  • Goldilocks on CCTV (illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura) Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2011

As editor

  • Life Doesn't Frighten Me At All Heinemann, 1989
  • A Caribbean Dozen (co-edited with Grace Nichols) Walker Books, 1994
  • Poems in My Earphone Longman, 1995
  • Why is the Sky? Faber and Faber, 1996
  • A Child's Year of Stories and Poems (with Michael Rosen and Robert Frost) Viking Children's Books, 2000
  • Hello New!: New Poems for a New Century Orchard, 2000
  • Under the Moon and Over the Sea (co-editor with Grace Nichols) Walker Books, 2002

References

  1. ^ Oxford Journals
  2. ^ a b John Agard profile at Jubilee Books.
  3. ^ Dawes, Kwame Senu Neville (2001). Talk yuh talk: interviews with Anglophone Caribbean poets. University of Virginia Press. p. 135. ISBN 0-8139-1946-0, 9780813919461. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=YBkWXcsoN5sC&pg=PA135&dq=%22John+Agard%22+%22grace+nichols%22&lr=&ei=n_MLTJ3oJKiwyQT-7uzdCA&hl=ko&cd=16#v=onepage&q=%22John%20Agard%22%20%22grace%20nichols%22&f=false. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  4. ^ Worlds of English. p. 69. ISBN 87-616-2242-7, 9788761622426. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=MtTXHFjDW10C&pg=PA69&dq=%22John+Agard%22+guyana&hl=en&ei=ovELTNnlEoyQOKavoN4P&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22John%20Agard%22%20guyana&f=false. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Carol Ann Duffy to judge Old Possum's prize" Guardian 14 July 2009

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