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John Agard - Author

About the 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.

Featured books by John Agard

The Rainmaker Danced

The Rainmaker Danced

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: John Agard Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

A brand-new anthology of poems by winner of the Queens Medal and the Eleanor Farjeon Award, John Agard Do triangles ever get into a tangle when their sides meet their angles? In this brand new collection of poems, John Agard draws on themes from nature and science to identity and inclusion, to inspire every reader. Here, we become transported by words and form on a journey through past and present. We are invited to answer life's questions, while having a great deal of fun at the same time ...Answers are folly when questions are bliss? Without questions, do I exist?

The Rainmaker Danced

The Rainmaker Danced

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: John Agard Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2017

This collection from John Agard, winner of the Queens Medal and the Eleanor Farjeon Award, explores the wonders of the world - inviting your child to ponder life's questions with lots of fun along the way!

Half-Caste and Other Poems

Half-Caste and Other Poems

13+ readers

Author: John Agard Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2005

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 issues of race and identity in this classic collection.

Other books by John Agard

Follow that Word

Follow that Word

Author: John Agard Illustrator: Momoko Abe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2022

The father of performance poetry, John Agard, brings you a collection of riotously funny poems. Follow that Word is a celebration of imagination and demonstrates the true diversity of language. A dazzling collection of over sixty poems, Follow That Word delivers John Agard's musings on people and places from the modern and historical world, this wonderful collection that can be rediscovered over and over again. With gorgeous black-and-white illustrations from Momoko Abe, Follow That Word takes you on a thought-provoking journey into the wonderful world of words, and this collection belongs on every bookshelf. 'It's been around from Creation dawn, And it only takes two to catch on, Try it people, and you'll soon see, This is a dance that can set you free, It's called the dance of diversity.' Reviews for Half-caste, and Other Poems: 'Rollicking Caribbean-flavored rhythms combined with serious matters such as racism define poet extraordinaire, Agard.' - Voya A performance poet, Agard uses his rhyme, repetition and refrains that make his work sing...Skilful use of humour to get his serious points across. - The Book Horn Inc

John Agard's Windrush Child

John Agard's Windrush Child

Author: John Agard Illustrator: Sophie Bass Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/03/2022

A beautiful poetic and visual delight Joseph Coelho A BEAUTIFULLY EVOCATIVE STORY OF A CHILD'S JOURNEY TO ENGLAND ON BOARD EMPIRE WINDRUSH, FROM AN INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED, MULTI-AWARD-WINNING POET AND AN EXTRAORDINARY DEBUT ILLUSTRATOR. you're stepping into history bringing your Caribbean eye to another horizon With one last hug, Windrush chid waves goodbye to his Caribbean home and sets sail across the ocean to Britain. In this powerful picture book, full of hope and promise, celebrated poet John Agard and illustrator Sophie Bass movingly evoke the journey made by children and their families as part of the Windrush Generation. PRAISE FOR JOHN AGARD'S WINDRUSH CHILD: A poetic story brought to life by Sophie Bass's colour-popping illustrations. Daily Mail A beautiful picture book with gorgeous illustrations ... I couldn't think of a better way for young children to learn about history and understand the world. David Walliams John Agard's hopeful poem commemorates a child's Windrush journey from the Caribbean, and bold and vivid illustrations sing of palm trees and mangos left behind, and new experiences, including pigeons and terraced houses and snow. 'One to Watch', The Sunday Times (Culture) Debut illustrator Bass's intricate, colourful, arresting pictures bring out all the resonances of Agard's spare text in this story of a child, a ship, a journey, and a new life enriched by the loves and memories of the old. Guardian A stunning picture book ... with the distinctive, vibrant art of Sophie Bass. The Bookseller A gorgeous bedtime read that will reward repeat readings, deceptively simple, emotionally deep. Joseph Coelho

When Creature Met Creature

When Creature Met Creature

Author: John Agard Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2022

A powerful picture book about communicating emotions and relating to fellow creatures, from an award-winning duo. Creature-of-No-Words lives a happy life on his own, but one day he gets a feeling like 'the chill touch of ice' and nothing can lift his sadness. Just then Creature-of-Words arrives and senses his despair. How can she help him communicate and become happy again? Age range 3 to 6 Of 'The Young Inferno' by the same author and artist: 'The words are from the extraordinary John Agard whose inventive verse is a constant wonder. Add the delights of artwork by Satoshi Kitamura and the whole book is inspired and tremendous; a total triumph.' School Librarian

Coyote's Soundbite A Poem for Our Planet

Coyote's Soundbite A Poem for Our Planet

Author: John Agard Illustrator: Piet Grobler Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/04/2021

The Rainmaker Danced

The Rainmaker Danced

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: John Agard Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2017

This collection from John Agard, winner of the Queens Medal and the Eleanor Farjeon Award, explores the wonders of the world - inviting your child to ponder life's questions with lots of fun along the way!

Come All You Little Persons

Come All You Little Persons

Author: John Agard Illustrator: Jessica Courtney Tickle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

A tender, moving and joyous story from one of our nation's premier poets, John Agard From above earth, from above sky, from below earth, from under water, come all you little persons come exactly as you are. Come little bird person, come little bee person, come little tree person - little persons from all over the world join together to celebrate the dance of life and love in this stunning poem from John Agard. Stunningly illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, this is a book that both little persons and big persons will treasure and pore over for a lifetime, and is a true poem of our time. 'A lyrical collaboration . . . a joyful, tender dance, celebrating people, places and the glory of existence.' Guardian 'This book is a celebration of childhood and the natural world in all its rich diversity.' BookTrust

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