Patience Agbabi

Patience Agbabi is a sought-after poet who celebrates the written and spoken word. She read English at Oxford, has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex and has lectured in Creative Writing at several UK universities. Her work has received a number of awards and was shortlisted for the 2014 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Her fourth collection, Telling Tales (Canongate, 2014), is an exhilarating, multicultural remix of The Canterbury Tales. Mining the Middle-English masterpiece for its performance as well as its poetry and pilgrims, her boisterous and lyrical collection gives one of Britain's most significant works of poetry thrilling new life.

Photo: Lyndon Douglas