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, Books Make Good Pets (Orchard), is a perfect gift for anyone who delights in the magic of a good book. You only need to turn the pages of a story, and in a moment, you and your book could be crossing the waves in a pirate ship... or diving with mermaids... or even snoozing with a dragon.

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. He tours widely giving performances and speaking to students studying his poetry for GCSE.

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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