Grace Nichols was born in Guyana and has lived in Britain since 1977. Her first collection of poetry, I Is A Long-Memoried Woman, won the 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Among her other books for adults are the popular The Fat Black Woman’s Poems. Her children’s books include The Poet Cat, Paint Me a Poem (awarded the Children's Poetry Book-Shelf Best Single Author’s Collection) and Cosmic Disco.
She has edited anthologies including Poetry Jump Up; with her poet partner, John Agard, she edited collections such as Under The Moon and Over the Sea, which won a CLPE Award. She is among the poets on the current GCSE syllabus and received the Cholmondeley Award in 2000 as well as an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Hull. She also has an adult book called The Insomnia Poems.