The Young Inferno by John Agard

The Young Inferno

Written by John Agard

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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 discovery. Told in thirteen Cantos which follow the hero in a hoodie, it takes readers into the Circles of Hell where, among others, they confront Frankenstein, the Furies and Crone. Each is a life changing experience. Satoshi Kitamura’s illustrations confirm the dark experiences of the young hero.


The Young Inferno by John Agard

John Agard blasts Dante's poem into the 21st century in a red-hot retelling, with a little help from Satoshi Kitamura and his wicked artwork.


'One hopes that in this, the National Year of Reading, Frances Lincoln's wonderful Inferno will be read throughout the land.'

! Even a Dante scholar in the audience seemed charmed by Agard's 'take

's poetry. If it makes one reader go to the original, all to the good; there's plenty to admire in its own right in 13 dramatic cantos for teenage readers. -- Morag Styles Books for Keeps'

About the Author

John Agard

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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80 pages
Interest Age: From 11


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Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

4th September 2008




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