GUYANA GOLD (NUGGETS)
A NIGHT OF LITERATURE WITH JOHN AGARD AND GRACE NICHOLS
Come and hear the two most famous Guyanese writers in the UK read their work and talk about themselves-here and there!.
CHAIR: H.E. HIGH COMMISSIONER F HAMLEY CASE
Monday November 21st 2016 18.00 FOR 18.30
GUYANA HIGH COMMISSION 3 PALACE COURT BAYSWATER ROAD LONDON W.2
WHO ARE THEY? – Grace Nichols and ‘Johnnie’ Agard
Grace Nichols was born in Georgetown, Guyana, where she worked as a teacher, journalist and at the Government Information Services and took a diploma in Communications, before she emigrated to the UK in 1977.
Her first collection of poetry, I is a Long-Memoried Woman won the 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize. . A film version won the Gold Medal in the International Film and Television Festival, New York. She has written several further books of poetry and a novel for adults, Whole of a Morning Sky, 1986. Her books for children include collections of short stories and poetry anthologies.
Her poetry is featured in the AQA,WJEC and Edexcel English/English Literature GCSE anthologies – many GCSE students in the UK have studied her and John Agard’s)work. She won the Guyana Prize for Literature for her book of poems, Sunris ( 1986) as well as a Cholmondeley Award in 2001. She was poet-in-residence at the Tate Gallery London, 1999-2000 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Hull in 2013.
. ‘Johnnie’ Agard grew up in Georgetown. He loved to listen to cricket commentary on the radio and began making up his own, which led to his love of language He studied English, French and Latin at A-level, writing his first poetry when he was in sixth-form. He taught the languages he had studied and worked in a local library. He was also a sub-editor and feature writer for the Guyana Sunday Chronicle, publishing two books while he was still in Guyana he was part of the ‘All-Ah-We’ dramatic group that toured the Caribbean with Ken Crosbie, Marc Matthews and Henry Mootoo.
Agard moved to Britain with his partner Grace Nichols in 1977, He worked for the Commonwealth Institute and the BBC in London. Agard was Poet-in-Residence at the National Maritime Museum in 2008. His poem Half Caste has been featured in the AQA English GCSE anthology since 2002.