Grace Nichols

Standard Name: Nichols, Grace
Birth Name: Grace Nichols
GN is a poet of stature, an anthologist, and a prolific and successful writer for children: an important element in the reading experience of many British children of Caribbean descent. She has also published a novel. Her work is noted for its political and social perspectives, reflecting her feminism and commitment to women's and children's issues.


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Anthologization Fleur Adcock
From early in her career FA was an insightful critic as well as a poet, and her judgements were already informed by a matured understanding of the shaping force of gender. Dannie Abse included her...
Anthologization Gillian Clarke
GC 's work has appeared in various other anthologies, including Six Women Poets, edited by Judith Kinsman (along with Fleur Adcock , Selima Hill , Liz Lochhead , Grace Nichols , and Carol Rumens
Anthologization U. A. Fanthorpe
She co-operated with others in many further works. She appeared with Tony Lopez in Mortal Heart, 1981. In 1994 she participated in two joint projects: Painter and Poet: Three Poems (limited edition), where her...
Intertextuality and Influence Maud Sulter
MS attended a writing week for Black people at the Arvon Foundation in Yorkshire (with poet Grace Nichols and playwright Caryl Phillips as resident writers), and was encouraged to publish her poem As a Blackwoman.
Sulter, Maud. “Notes of a Native Daughter”. Let It Be Told, edited by Lauretta Ngcobo, Pluto, pp. 53-67.
Textual Features Malorie Blackman
Here stories and poems by present-day writers (like Grace Nichols , John Agard , Alex Haley , Blackman herself, and Benjamin Zephaniah ) appear along with testimony from some of those who were actually enslaved...
Textual Features Carol Ann Duffy
She selected slightly more carols by women than by men, and recalled that Christina Rossetti 's In the Bleak Midwinter was the result of a commission from Scribner's Monthly in 1872. Her own contribution concerns...
Textual Features Una Marson
Through her editorship of the magazine, UM drew attention to issues such as single motherhood, women struggling on meagre incomes, and unemployment among domestic workers. This is the age of woman: what man has done...
Textual Production Jackie Kay
JK , along with Gabriela Pearse , Barbara Burford , and Grace Nichols , published some early poems in Sheba Feminist Publishers ' collection, A Dangerous Knowing: Four Black Women Poets, 1984, re-issued in 1985.
British Library Catalogue.
“The Knitting Circle”. London South Bank University: Lesbian and Gay Staff Association.


16 October 1987: In the early hours of the morning a violent...

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16 October 1987

In the early hours of the morning a violent storm battered the south of England, with winds reaching a hundred kilometres an hour in some places.

Before mid-September 2004: Melanie Abrahams of literary agency Renaissance...

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Before mid-September 2004

Melanie Abrahams of literary agency Renaissance One organised a group photo of people of Afro, Caribbean, or Asian origin who make a significant contribution to contemporary British literature.


Felstead, Cathie. A Caribbean Dozen: Poems from Caribbean Poets. Editors Nichols, Grace and John Agard, Walker Books, 1994.
Burford, Barbara et al. A Dangerous Knowing: Four Black Women Poets. Sheba Feminist Publishers, 1984.
Nichols, Grace, and Sarah L. Adams. Asana and the Animals. Walker Books, 1997.
Nichols, Grace, and Lesley Miranda. Baby Fish and Other Stories from Village to Rainforest. Islington Community Press, 1983.
Lewis, Michael. Black Poetry. Editor Nichols, Grace, Blackie, 1988.
Thomas, Liz. Can I Buy a Slice of Sky? Poems from Black, Asian and American Indian Cultures. Editor Nichols, Grace, Blackie, 1991.
Nichols, Grace, and Caroline Binch. Come On Into My Tropical Garden: Poems for Children. A. and C. Black, 1990.
Nichols, Grace, and Kim Harley. Give Yourself a Hug. A. and C. Black, 1994.
Nichols, Grace. I Have Crossed an Ocean. Selected Poems. Bloodaxe, 2010.
Nichols, Grace. i is a long memoried woman. Caribbean Cultural International Karnak House, 1983.
Nichols, Grace. Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Woman and Other Poems. Virago, 1989.
Nichols, Grace, and Annabel Large. Leslyn in London. Hodder and Stoughton, 1984.
Nichols, Grace et al., editors. No Hickory No Dickory No Dock: A Collection of Caribbean Nursery Rhymes. Viking, 1990.
Nichols, Grace. Picasso, I Want My Face Back. Bloodaxe, 2009.
Nichols, Grace. Sunris. Virago, 1996.
Nichols, Grace. The Discovery. Macmillan, 1986.
Nichols, Grace. The Fat Black Woman’s Poems. Virago, 1984.
Nichols, Grace. The Insomnia Poems. Bloodaxe, 2017.
Nichols, Grace, and Bee Willey. The Poet Cat. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2000.
Nichols, Grace. “The Saturday poem: One Night Comes Like a Blessing”.
Nichols, Grace, and Beryl Sanders. Trust You, Wriggly!. Hodder and Stoughton, 1981.
Berry, James et al. We Couldn’t Provide Fish Thumbs. Macmillan Children’s Books, 1997.
Nichols, Grace. Whole of a Morning Sky. Virago, 1986.