Literary Birthday - 21 June - John Agard

Happy Birthday, John Agard, born 21 June 1949

Three Quotes

  1. Humour breaks down boundaries, it topples our self-importance, it connects people, and because it engages and entertains, it ultimately enlightens.
  2. Poetry lives in the breath. It’s almost like going back to that collective thing, around the fire.
  3. I feel an empathy with the bad characters… I think that’s part of the excitement of writing, how you can give a voice to certain characters, or people that are usually voiceless.

Agard is an Afro-Guyanese playwright, poet and children’s writer. He was selected for the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2012.

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