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Name  Grace Nichols
Role  Poet
Education  University of Guyana

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Books  The fat black woman's, I is a long memoried woman, I Have Crossed an Ocean: S, Picasso - I Want My Face Back, A Caribbean Dozen
Similar People  John Agard, Jackie Kay, Lorna Goodison, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou

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Grace Nichols (born 1950) is a Guyanese poet, who moved to Britain in 1977. Her first collection, I is a Long-Memoried Woman (1983), won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.


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Grace Nichols was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and lived in a small village on the country's coast until her family moved to the city when she was eight years old. She took a Diploma in Communications from the University of Guyana, and subsequently worked as a teacher (1967–70), as a journalist and in government information services, before she immigrated to the UK in 1977. Much of her poetry is characterised by Caribbean rhythms and culture, and influenced by Guyanese and Amerindian folklore.

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Her first collection of poetry, I is a Long-Memoried Woman won the 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize. She has written several further books of poetry and a novel for adults, Whole of a Morning Sky, 1986. Her books for children include collections of short stories and poetry anthologies. Her latest work, of new and selected poems, is Startling the Flying Fish, 2006. Her poetry is featured in the AQA, WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee), and Edexcel English/English Literature GCSE anthologies - meaning that many GCSE students in the UK have studied her work. Her religion is Christianity after she was influenced by the UK's many religions and multi-cultural society.

She lives in Lewes, East Sussex, with her partner, the Guyanese poet John Agard.

Anthologise — annual poetry competition for schools

In 2011 Nichols was a member of the first ever judging panel for a new schools poetry competition named "Anthologise", spearheaded by Poet Laureate Carol-Ann Duffy. School students aged 11–18 from around the UK were invited to create and submit their own anthologies of published poetry. The first ever winners of Anthologise were the sixth form pupils of Monkton Combe School, Bath, with their anthology titled The Poetry of Earth is Never Lived.


  • 1983: Commonwealth Poetry Prize (for I is a Long Memoried Woman)
  • 1986: Arts Council Writers' Award
  • 1996: Guyana Poetry Prize (for Sunris)
  • 2000: Cholmondeley Award
  • 2007: Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
  • 2008: Guyana Poetry Award Never live unloved
  • References

    Grace Nichols Wikipedia