John Agard Interview in FT
Ft Weekend Magazine, 5/6 May 2018
A four-page feature on John Agard ran in the Financial Times’ FT Weekend Magazine of 5/6 May. It was illustrated with a full-page colour portrait and a small headshot of John Agard, both taken especially for the piece, along with a b/w photo of some of the first immigrants from Jamaica arriving on the Empire Windrush, June 1948.
The piece was accompanied by a new poem by John Agard, ‘Windrush Postcript’. The FT also created a short film of John reading his poem 'Amidst a Multitude of Vegetables', which will be published in his next collection The Coming of the Little Green Man, out from Bloodaxe in October. The poem is discussed within the feature:
‘Telling it slant is what he does in answer to my next question about globalisation. Instead of killing the moment with talk of Brexit, he declaims another poem from a new collection he has written, which looks askance at multiracial London through the eyes of a “Little Green Man” who arrives at Heathrow in a uniquely green minority of one.’
The film of the poem 'Amidst a Multitude of Vegetables' was posted on Twitter. View here.
The piece referred to his recent collection Playing the Ghost of Maimonides and his forthcoming The Coming of the Little Green Man.
Full interview available online here.
[05 July 2018]