John Agard

John Agard was born in Guyana and came to Britain in 1977. He worked for the Commonwealth Institute from 1978-1985 as a touring reader, during which time he visited some two thousand schools across the UK talking about his Caribbean experiences and giving talks, readings and workshops. John was the first Writer in Residence at the South Bank Centre, London in 1993 and was honoured with a Paul Hamlyn Award in 1997. His books include Man to Pan (Casa de las Americas Prize, 1982), Mangoes and Bullets, We Animals Would Like a Word With You, From the Devil’s Pulpit, and he has edited several children’s poetry anthologies.