Patience Agbabi is a sought-after poet, performer and mentor who has spent over 20 years celebrating the written and spoken word. She read English at Oxford and has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex.
A former Poet Laureate of Canterbury from 2009 to 2010, her writing has appeared on radio and TV and she has toured around the world to festivals and events, both independently, and with the British Council.
She is the author of four collections, Bloodshot Monochrome, Transformatrix, R.A.W., and her latest book, Telling Tales, which retells Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales for the 21st century. From The Miller's Tale to The Wife of Bath's, Agbabi evokes the performance and wordplay elements of the work. Published by Canongate Books in 2014, the collection was shortlisted for the 2014 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and Wales Book of The Year 2015. In 2015, Patience was a recipient of The Cholmondeley Award.
Following a launch of Telling Tales at Southwark Cathedral, Patience toured the book to festivals and venues around the UK with producer Renaissance One.
Her poem, ‘The Doll’s House’, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2014.
Represented by Renaissance One for bookings.
Upcoming events and highlights 2017 - 2018
Sep 2018 - Guest Lecturer, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
April to September 2018 - Writer-In-Residence at the Brontë Parsonage and Museum
15 June 2018 - Reading at Kings College
2018 - Judge for the Chaucer Heritage Trust Competition
US Visits and Tours: Boston University, Vassar College, Arizona State University