Playwright, poet, short-story and children’s writer John Agard was born in 1949 in British Guiana (now Guyana). He worked for the Guyana Sunday Chronicle as a sub-editor and feature writer before moving to England in 1977, where he became a touring lecturer for the Commonwealth Institute, travelling to schools throughout the UK to promote a better understanding of Caribbean culture.
His published poetry includes Man to Pan, winner of the Casa de las Américas Prize, Limbo Dancer in Dark Glasses, Mangoes and Bullets: Selected and New Poems 1972-84 and Weblines. He is also the author of many children’s books, including Lend Me Your Wings.
He has contributed to, and edited, several anthologies, including The Penguin Book of Caribbean Verse, and is also co-editor of A Caribbean Dozen with his partner, the poet Grace Nichols, with whom he also co-wrote No Hickory, No Dickory, No Dock in 1991. Their latest collaboration is Tiger Dead! Tiger Dead! Stories from the Caribbean.
His most recent books are Book (2014), Travel Light Travel Dark (2013) and the children’s book Goldilocks on CCTV (2011).
In 2012, Agard was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He lives in south-east England.