Grace Nichols Readings

Grace Nichols Readings

'Over the past four decades, Grace has been an original, pioneering voice in the British poetry scene...Above all, Grace Nichols has been a beacon for black women poets in this country, staying true to her linguistic coordinates and poetic sensibilities, and offering a means of ex-pression that has offered inspiration and encouragement to many. She is a moving elegist, and a poet of conciliation and constructive dialogue between cultures, but also a voice of questioning dissent when the occasion demands.' - Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate, on behalf of The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry Committee


Born in Guyana, Grace Nichols has lived in Britain since 1977. She has published four books with Bloodaxe, Picasso, I Want My Face Back (2009), I Have Crossed an Ocean: Selected Poems (2010), The Insomnia Poems (2017) and Passport to Here and There (2020).  She lives with the poet John Agard and family in Sussex. 

In March 2022 Grace Nichols was awarded The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry for 2021 by Her Majesty the Queen.  You can hear her speak about her response to this honour, and read poems from Passport to Here and There, in a very special edition of BBC Radio 3's The Verb recorded in The Queen's Library at Windsor Castle in May 2022.  Listen here (Grace features from 21:06)




Poetry London Summer Readings, Southbank Centre, Sat 25 Jun, 7.45pm

St Paul’s Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall, London

Grace Nichols, winner of the 2021 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, heads a stellar line-up for Poetry London’s Summer 2022 readings.

Joining Nichols are Rory Waterman, Yousif M Qasmiyeh, Jennifer Wong and Will Burns, and the event is hosted by Poetry Editor André Naffis-Sahely and Reviews Editor Isabelle Baafi.


Booking via the Southbank Centre website here.


Thu, 14 Jul 2022, 18:30 BST, Waterstones, Lewes

220-221 High Street, Lewes BN7 2AF

Lulah Ellender, Grace Nichols and Sarah Walton in conversation - Lewes

Three local authors discuss their recent publications and the link between identity, home and belonging. 

Late launch event for Grace Nichols' 2020 collection Passport to Here and There.

Tickets: £2 – £4

Booking via eventbrite here.

[16 June 2022]

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