Biography | John Agard

John Agard


  • Born 21st June 1949, Guyana
  • Afro-Guyanese poet, playwright, author and children’s writer
  • Wrote first poetry when he was in sixth-form
  • Left school in 1967 to pursue career as a librarian, sub-editor and feature writer in the newspaper Guyana Sunday Chronicle.
  • He wrote two books which were published while still in Guyana.
  • Left Guyana in 1977 and travelled to England, still lives there today with his long-term partner Grace Nichols (also renowned poet).
  • Worked for the Commonwealth Institute and the BBC in London.
  • Became poet-in-residence at the National Maritime Museum in 2008
  • His poem Half-Caste featured in the AQA English GCSE Anthology since 2002 and has been studied by pupils aged 14-16 across the country for their GCSE qualification.



Biography | Alison Fell

Scottish poet Alison Fell, © Ivan Coleman


  • Born in Dumfries, 1944
  • Scottish poet and novelist
  • Graduated from Edinburgh Art University
  • Wrote for Scotland Magazine
  • Moved to London in 1970, founded Women’s Street Theatre Group
  • In 1998 she held the School of English and American Studies Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia.
  • In 2003 her play Mapping the Edge was adapted to BBC Radio 3.


  • 2005 Lightyear, photographs by Ivan Coleman, Smokestack Books
  • 2003 Tricks of the Light, Doubleday
  • 1999 The Mistress of Lilliput, Doubleday
  • 1997 Dreams, Like Heretics: New and Selected Poems, Serpent’s Tail
  • 1995 Shouting It Out: Stories from Contemporary Scotland, contributor, Hodder & Stoughton Educational
  • 1994 The Pillow Boy of the Lady Onogoro, Serpent’s Tail
  • 1992 Serious Hysterics, Serpent’s Tail
  • 1991 Mer de Glace, Methuen
  • 1990 The Seven Cardinal Virtues, editor, Serpent’s Tail
  • 1988 The Seven Deadly Sins, editor, Serpent’s Tail
  • 1988 The Crystal Owl, Methuen
  • 1987 The Bad Box, Virago
  • 1984 Kisses for Mayakovsky, Virago
  • 1984 Every Move You Make, Virago
  • 1981 The Grey Dancer, Collins
  • 1980 Smile, Smile, Smile, Smile, contributor, Sheba
  • 1979 Hard Feelings, editor and illustrator, Women’s Press


  • 1991 Boardman Tasker Memorial Prize, Mer de Glace, joint winner
  • 1984 Alice Hunt Bartlett Award, Kisses for Mayakovsky
  • 2002-3 Royal Literary Fund Fellowship