Grace Nichols, of Guyana, is a major Afro-Caribbean author and a highly respected poet in England, where she has lived since 1977. Her poetry is included on the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) English literature syllabus for the United Kingdom. She is also a popular and prolific children’s author. Her first book of poetry for adults,

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, received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize in 1983. Her fourth,


, was awarded the Guyana Poetry Prize in 1996. She has served as poet-in-residence at the University of the West Indies and also at the Tate Gallery in London from 1999-2000. In 2007, she was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In recognition of her achievements as a poet and to coincide with her sixtieth birthday

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Citation: Johnson, Melissa. "Grace Nichols". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 June 2011 [, accessed 13 April 2024.]

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