Grace Nichols was born in Guyana but living in Britain since 1977. Her nine collections of poetry include, I is a long-memoried Woman which won the 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize; Sunris which won the Guyana Poetry Prize, and Picasso, I Want My Face Back, inspired by her residency at the Tate Gallery, London. She’s also written a number of books for children as well as a novel, Whole of a Morning Sky (Virago).She received the Cholmondeley Award in 2001 and is among the poets studied on the GCSE syllabus. Her latest collection, Passport to Here and There, was published by Bloodaxe in 2020. She was awarded, the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2021.