John Agard is one of the most exciting poets writing today. Bloodaxe Books publish his adult poetry, including such classics as Listen Mr Oxford Don and Half Caste. His latest picture book poem, Windrush Child (Walker, Mar 2022) illustrated by Sophie Bass is a powerful picture book, full of hope and promise, which movingly evokes the journey made by children and their families as part of the Windrush Generation.

Alongside poetry, John has written verse plays and librettos for venues such as Little Angel Theatre and the Glyndebourne Festival. He has been a writer-in-residence at the BBC, the South Bank and the National Maritime Museum.

John was born in Guyana and lives with his wife, poet Grace Nichols, in Lewes.

  • Winner of many awards, including the Queen's Gold Medal Award for Poetry, the Smarties Award, the Paul Hamlyn Award, the Cholmondeley Award, the Casa de las Americas Poetry Award, the Guyana prize and the CLPE Award.
  • Book (Walker) longlisted for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal
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