Experience an event featuring two giants of the literature world, John Agard and Fred D’Aguiar. Both are Caribbean and diaspora writers who had their formative experiences in Guyana. They delight audiences around the world with their imagination and gifts for improvisation and wordplay and are both studied on the GCSE Curriculum.
John Agard is a poet, playwright and short story writer whose love of language was sparked from listening to cricket commentaries on the radio. The author of over 50 books, he has won many prizes, including the The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2012, the Smarties Book Prize. In 2021, he received the prestigious BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award. Agard is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He has been broadcast on TV and radio regularly including Desert Island Discs, Contains Strong Language for The Verb and many more. With his wife Grace Nichols, he edited Walker Books children’s anthologies including A Caribbean Dozen and Under the Moon and Over the Sea.
Fred D’Aguiar was born in London to Guyanese parents, grew up in Guyana and then returned to England in his teens. He is the author of four novels, the first of which, The Longest Memory, won the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread First Novel Award. He was a Judith E. Wilson fellow at Cambridge University and a shortlisted author for the T.S. Eliot Prize. After moving to the US in 1992, he has taught English Literature and Creative Writing in various universities including Amherst, the University of Miami and currently, at UCLA.
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This event is produced by Renaissance One as part of a mini-tour of Agard and D’Aguiar in October 2022 www.renaissanceone.co.uk
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