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John Agard
John Agard (born June 21, 1949) 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 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. Since 2002 his poetry has been featured as part of the AQA GCSE English syllabus. He currently resides in Lewes, near Brighton with his partner, the poet Grace Nichols. His poetry (Half Caste) is featured in the AQA English GCSE anthology - meaning that many GCSE students (years 10 - 11) in the United Kingdom must study his work for their GCSE English language paper 2. John is the current Poet-in-Residence at the National Maritime Museum. Click on the link to read about the residency in John's own words.

coffee in heaven
You'll be greeted
by a nice cup of coffee
when you get to heaven
and strains of angel... [read poem]
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