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Black History Month - John Agard reads from his work

Published: 29 October 2012
John Agard reading 'Half Caste'

Poet, playwright and story-teller John Agard visited Avenue Campus on Thursday 11th October as part of the university's Black History Month celebrations.

John first moved to England from Guyana in 1977, where he became a touring lecturer for the Commonwealth Institute, travelling to schools throughout the UK to promote a better understanding of Caribbean culture. In 1993 he was appointed Writer in Residence at the South Bank Centre, London, and became Poet in Residence at the BBC in London, an appointment created as part of a scheme run by the Poetry Society in London. He won the Paul Hamlyn Award for Poetry in 1997 and has travelled extensively throughout the world performing his poetry.

John read widely from his verse, and answered questions from the 100-strong audience. The event was jointly hosted by the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing and the Diverse Arts & Artists Community Association (DAACA).

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