Monday, 16 September 2013

John Agard (poet)

photo by Paul Taylor 
Guyanese poet, performer, playwright and children's writer John Agard came to Britain in 1977 and now lives in Lewes. As a touring speaker with the Commonwealth Institute, he has visited hundreds of schools to promote Caribbean culture and poetry and has now been invited to the Birley Centre, part of Eastbourne College, to speak as one of a series of talks on Englishness. The talk is expected to last about an hour.

Starting out as a language teacher and librarian in Guyana, John Agard also wrote features for the Guyana Sunday Chronicle and published his first two books there before emigrating to the UK. His output since has been prolific, winning many awards and also resulting in one of his poems, Half Caste, being featured on the AQA English GCSE syllabus. He won the Casa de las Americas Prize in 1982, and a Paul Hamlyn Award in 1997. He was writer-in-residence with the BBC in 1998 and at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich in 2007. His most recent award was the 2012 Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. His work combines sharp social observations with playfulness and humour as he explores themes including race, morality, class and religion.

Birley Centre, Wed 16th Oct, 19:00.
Tickets £10, available by calling 01323 452255 or by emailing 

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