This wonderfully eclectic anthology brings together poems passed from mouth to mouth, generation to generation, from all over the world: Russia, India, Jamaica, Vietnam... There are schoolyard chants, sea shanties, work-songs, riddles, spells and curses, and much, much more. It's a feast of spoken magic served up on page after mouthwatering page.
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John Agard was born in Guyana and emigrated to Britain in 1977. He has worked as an actor and a performer with a jazz group and spent several years with the Commonwealth Institute, travelling all over Britain giving talks, performances and workshops. He has visited literally thousands of schools.
His poem 'Half-caste' is on the AQA English GCSE
Grace Nichols is a Guyanese poet. She was born in Georgetown, Guyana, in 1950 and emigrated to the UK in 1977.
Her first collection of poetry, I is a Long-Memoried Woman, won the 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize. She has written several further books of poetry and a novel for adults, Whole of a Morning Sky, 1986. Her books for children include collection