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Grace Nichols

(1950-), Children's poet and writer

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Born in Georgetown, Guyana, and raised in a remote village, Grace Nichols' experiences of moving to the city with her family when she was eight were central to her first novel Whole of a Morning Sky (1986). She worked as a teacher and journalist and gained a Diploma in Communications at the University of Guyana. She moved to the UK in 1977. Her first poetry collection I is a Long-Memoried Woman was published in 1983. The book won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and a subsequent film adaptation of the book was awarded a gold medal at the International Film and Television Festival of New York. The book was also dramatised for radio by the BBC. Subsequent poetry collections include The Fat Black Woman's Poems (1984) and Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Woman (1989). Her children's writings include Come on into My Tropical Garden (1988) and Give Yourself a Hug (1994).

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Grace Nichols, by Maud Sulter - NPG P949(5)

Grace Nichols

by Maud Sulter
large format Polaroid print, 2001
NPG P949(5)

'Work in Progress',  - NPG 7145

'Work in Progress'

acrylic on paper collaged on panels, 2021-2022
On display in Room 33 on Floor 0 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7145

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