Award winning poets John Agard and Grace Nichols are coming to the Wordsworth Trust to give a special Cumbria Black History Month reading
AWAZ Cumbria and The Wordsworth Trust and have teamed up to put together a programme of activities across the county to encourage people to learn more about Cumbria’s complex relationship with black history.
Born in Guyana, John Agard has been broadening the canvas of British poetry for 30 years with his mischievous fables. His satirical swipes at life in Great Britain both cherish and challenge our peculiar culture and its hallowed institutions. In recent work he has turned his twinkling eye to Darwin and his theories of evolution. John Agard’s poetry is direct, political, hilarious and life affirming.
Grace Nichols was also born in Guyana and moved to Britain in 1977. Her first collection I is a Long-Memoried Woman won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Her poetry combines an awareness of myth, a sensuous musicality and the gritty rhythms of the Caribbean. Caribbean history is a recurring theme in her work, which is sharp, witty and tender. Her latest book I Have Crossed an Ocean: Selected Poems, draws on 25 years of her work.
3rd October, 2013 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Jerwood Centre, Wordsworth Trust
Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria
Grasmere, LA22 9SH
Tel: 015394 35544
Booking in advance or on the day essential Ticket cost £4.00