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“Poetry has power” says John Agard, the first poet to be awarded BookTrust’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award 09/11/2021
Poet John Agard has been awarded BookTrust's Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021.
'We are all creatures of language': Lifetime Achievement Award winner John Agard on his incredible life and career 09/11/2021
John Agard reflects on his journey to becoming a poet and the power of words as he cele...
Why so many famous authors love John Agard
Authors and illustrators celebrate the news that John Agard has won the Lifetime Achievement Award, by explaining what he means to them.
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Hear from John Agard himself
John looks back on a life of poetry, being a "creature of language", and what winning the Lifetime Achievement Award means to him.
Former Lifetime Achievement Award winners
David McKee, author and illustrator, was the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2020.
Jan Pieńkowski, author and illustrator, was the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2019.
John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury, couple and one-time picture book collaborators, were the first-ever double BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award winners in 2018.
Raymond Briggs, author and illustrator of The Snowman and many other brilliant children's books, was awarded the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
Judith Kerr was the second winner of the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award, picking up the prize in 2016.
Shirley Hughes was the first ever winner of the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award, picking up the prize in 2015.
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