Calypsos and demerara sugar: Grace Nichols and John Agard bring messages from the Caribbean to Chichester

You might as well describe them as poetry royalty. Wife and husband Grace Nichols and John Agard – both recipients of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry – were the two headliners at the Poetry & Jazz Café in Chichester on Thursday night, as part of the city’s festival. They are quite different poets in style, but share many of the same themes, as poets who emigrated together from Guyana to the UK in 1977. Grace Nichols’s poem ‘...

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