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Recordings of John Agard’s poems now online

As you may remember, John Agard was poet-in-residence at the Museum last year, and wrote a couple of memorable posts on this blog about being inspired by London’s drinking water and Ignatius Sancho enjoying an Honest Sausage in Greenwich Park. During his residency he also wrote a number of poems…

Honest Sausage

It was a pleasure meeting up with COFA (the Caribbean Over Fifties Association) whose members originally come from all around the Caribbean. We went down memory lane with a look at Caribbean proverbs and their connection with various traditions such as the African, the British, the Amerindian, the East Indian…

What Ails the King: a maritime inspired poem for National Poetry Day

Some years ago, I was invited by curator Nigel Rigby to come up with a poetic spin as a counterpoint to Empire footage from old movies, Pathe newsreels etc. I enjoyed that quirky collaboration on what became a video/installation for the Trade and Empire Gallery, which is now making way…

John Agard : Poet in Residence

John has recently commenced a three month residency as poet-in-residence at the National Maritime Museum. During this time John will explore the collection, predominantly manuscripts and archives in relation to the transatlantic slave trade within the context of his own body of work and practice. John is interested in investigating…