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Guyana’s John Agard becomes first poet to win BookTrust lifetime achievement award

Reading charity pays tribute to ‘incredible words’ of Afro-Guyanese author, who came to Britain in 1977 where he has become a staple of English lessons

‘It’s not just me receiving this award’ … John Agard. Photograph: Rex

Tuesday 09 November 2021  

The Afro-Guyanese writer John Agard has become the first poet to receive the BookTrust lifetime achievement award.

Agard, who was born in Georgetown, Guyana and moved to England in 1977, has been a fixture on the curriculum since 2002 for poems including Half-Caste (“Explain yuself / wha yu mean / when yu say half-caste / yu mean when picasso / mix red an green / is a half-caste canvas?”) and Checking Out Me History. Winning the Queen’s award for poetry in 2012, he is the author of more than 50 books for children and adults.

U.S.A: Dog-whistle racism in elections dates back decades before the Virginia election – By Mohamed Hamaludin


Republican Gregg Youngkin’s victory in Virginia’s November 2 gubernatorial election is credited to many factor but none more significant than racism.

As The Guardian’s David Smith wrote, Youngkin “promised to ban critical race theory from Virginia’s schools on his first day in office. It mattered little that CRT, an academic discipline that examines the ways in which racism operates in U.S. laws and society, is not taught in Virginia’s schools but has become a catch-all for any teaching about race and American history.”

Smith, and others, noted that this was not the first time the “right dog-whistle” was blown during an election. Richard Nixon’s “law and order” campaign in 1968 appealed “to racial fear and resentment without using overtly racist language” in the South. Ten years later, Ronald Reagan attacked “welfare queens” to demonize African American women, basing it on just one person, Linda Taylor, without naming her.        Continue reading

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