Home town gig for the poet honoured by the Queen

John Agard
John Agard

Lewes man John Agard, winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, is featuring in an event of poetry and music today (Friday) at the town’s All Saints Centre.

Guyana-born John will be trying out a never-before-heard work about the composer Debussy in collaboration with musician Deirdre Pascall, a classically trained performer renowned for her work with the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra.

The event, which starts at 7.45pm, also features Lewes poet and short story writer Catherine Smith and acclaimed Irish poet Matthew Sweeney.

Tickets (£10/£8) are available from Lewes Live Literature at www.leweslivelit.co.uk

John, who received his honour from the Queen earlier this year, has been described by one critic as “a unique and energetic force in contemporary Britsh poetry”. John Agard’s poems combine acute social observation, puckish wit and a riotous imagination to thrilling effect.”

The Gold Medal is presented for excellence in poetry, with previous recipients including WH Auden, John Betjeman and Philip Larkin.John said he was “touched” to be the 2012 winner.