John Agard is one of the most exciting poets writing today. Bloodaxe publish his poetry for adults including such classics as Listen Mr Oxford Don and The Palm Tree King. His latest works are Come All You Little Persons (Faber), a brilliant and tender new picture book illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, and The Rainmaker Danced (Hodder), a new collection of exhilarating poetry which has been shortlisted for the CliPPA Poetry Award 2018.
Alongside poetry, John has written verse plays and librettos for venues including 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. He tours widely giving performances and talking to school children studying his poetry for GCSE.
John was born in Guyana and lives with his wife, poet Grace Nichols, and family in Lewes.