John Agard

Poet, playwright, performer and anthologist

Afro-Guyanese poet, playwright, performer and anthologist. Awarded the Queens’ Gold Medal for Poetry (2012), books include We Brits and The Young Inferno.

I is palm tree king
I know palm tree history
like de palm o me hand
From ‘Palm Tree King’ in Palm Tree King (London: Pluto Press, 1993)


The sun may set on empire
but the kettle never stops.
From ‘Alternative Anthem’ in We Brits (Northumberland: Bloodaxe, 2006)



John Agard
by Maud Sulter
colour polaroid photograph, 2001
NPG P949(1)
© National Portrait Gallery, London