John Agard was born in Guyana and moved to England in 1977. He writes for children and adults. John’s many awards include the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry (2012), the first CLPE Poetry Award for Under the Moon & Over the Sea (edited with Grace Nichols) in 2003 and the CLiPPA for The Young Inferno (also illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura) in 2009. His poetry features on the GCSE curriculum and he regularly takes part in a performance tour related to this.
His latest collection of poetry The Rainmaker Danced was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2018.
For more information on John: https://literature.britishcouncil.org/writer/john-agard and Twitter @JohnAgard1