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John Agard - Author

John Agard is a playwright, poet and children's writer from Guyana, who moved to the United Kingdom in 1977. He worked for the Commonwealth Institute from 1978 to 1985, travelling throughout the United Kingdom as a touring reader promoting the Caribbean culture to over 2000 schools. He currently resides in Lewes, near Brighton with his partner, the poet Grace Nichols. He became the first Writer in Residence at the South Bank Centre in London and became Poet in Residence at the BBC in London as well. He has won a total of five awards for his works, including the Paul Hamlyn Award for Poetry in 1997 and the Cholmondeley Award in 2004. John was Poet-in-Residence at the National Maritime Museum from August to November 2008.

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Shona, Word Detective (4u2read)
John Agard - illustrated by Michael Broad
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7 Shona loves words and discovering new ones, so she's fascinated by the professor on TV talking about her campaign to protect dying languages. Shona's teacher is a language-lover too and encourages the class to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2018
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The Rainmaker Danced
John Agard - illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura
Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 John Agard's poems display an intense integrity, never talking down to children, encouraging them to question, while being playful in tone, witty or satirical. They focus on social observations, play...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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The Rainmaker Danced
John Agard - illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura
Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 John Agard's poems display an intense integrity, never talking down to children, encouraging them to question, while being playful in tone, witty or satirical. They focus on social observations, play...
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Format: Paperback | Released 21/09/2017
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My Name is Book
John Agard - illustrated by Neil Packer
My name is Book and I ll tell you the story of my life. Non fiction like you've never read it before!
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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Going Batty
John Agard - illustrated by Michael Broad
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Shona hates bats, horrid night-time beasties with their fluttery mouse-heads! To her they seem spooky and up to no good. But bats are part of her life whether she likes it or not. First...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedBook
John Agard - illustrated by Neil Packer
Tells us the story of the book! Told by none other than Book himself, this work begins with stories told from person to person, to writings on clay tablets to the development of parchment, right up to modern day and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2014
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All Sorts to Make a World
John Agard - illustrated by Michael Broad
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ A magical story about bringing people together. Shona has met a lot of apparently very different people on her day out with her Dad. At the Natural History Museum she meets Lucy who actually lived...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2014
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The Young Inferno
John Agard - illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura
Age 9+. Winner of The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education's Poetry Award for 2009 and nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2010. Brilliantly original, John Agard's poetic reworking of Dante's Inferno for a young, modern audience is a thrilling...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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The Young Inferno
John Agard
Winner of The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education's Poetry Award for 2009 and nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2010. Brilliantly original, John Agard's poetic reworking of Dante's Inferno for a young, modern audience is a thrilling journey of...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/09/2008
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Half-Caste and Other Poems
John Agard
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. One of the the UK's top performance poets explores...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2005
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