John Agard

John Agard is a playwright, poet, short-story and children’s book writer. Born in Guyana, a small South American country, Agard has been living in England since 1977 but still maintains a distinctly Caribbean imagination. In 1993 he was appointed Writer in Residence at the South Bank Centre, London, and became Poet in Residence at the BBC in London. He has received many awards for both his children’s books and his poetry, including the Nestle Children’s Book Prize (shortlist) for “Lend Me Your Wings”, 1987, and the Nestle Children’s Book Prize (Bronze Award) (6-8 category) for “We Animals Would Like a Word With You”, 1995. He has also receive the Paul Hamlyn Award for Poetry in 1997, the Cholmondeley Award in 2003 and the Brisith Book Awards Decibel Writer of the Year (shortlist) for “We Brits!”