Grace Nichols

Grace Nichols

About Grace Nichols

Grace Nichols was born in Guyana, in the Caribbean, and moved to live in the UK in 1977. She has written many poetry books and has been inspired by her homeland and her experiences of England. Some of her best-known poems include ‘Hurricane Hits England’ and ‘Praise Song For My Mother’. Her first collection, I is a Long-Memoried Woman (1983), won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. In December 2021, she was announced as winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Her novel for adults, Whole of a Morning Sky, was published in 1986. In 1992, her work featured in the anthology Daughters of Africa (edited by Margaret Busby). Nichols has published several other volumes of poetry, including in 2006 volume of new and selected poems, Startling the Flying Fish, and her books for children encompass collections of short stories and poetry anthologies.
In 2021, Nichols was the recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, on the basis of her body of work, chosen by a committee chaired by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage.

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