Grace Nichols was born and educated in Guyana. She has been living in Britain since 1977 and since then has written many books for both adults and children. Her first poetry collection, 'I Is A Long-Memoried Woman,' (Karnak House) won the 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize.
Among her children's books of poetry are;'The Poet Cat' (Bloomsbury); 'Everybody Got A Gift'; 'Sun-Time, Snow-Time'and 'Paint Me A Poem' (A&C Black) which was awarded the Children's Poetry Bookshelf Best Children's Author collection. Her children's collection, 'Cosmic Disco' was published by Frances Lincoln in 2013. She has also edited anthologies and won a CLPE award for the anthology; 'Under The Moon And Over The Sea' (Walker Books) edited with John Agard.
Her adult books include the popular, 'The Fat Black Woman's Poems', 'Sunris' (winner of the Guyana Poetry Prize and 'Startling The Flying Fish', all published by Virago who also published her first novel set in Guyana, 'Whole Of A Morning Sky.'
Her latest poetry collections are; 'Picasso, I Want My Face Back' and 'I Have Crossed An Ocean' both published by Bloodaxe Books who will also be publishing her latest, 'The Insomnia Poems' in February 2017.
She was poet-in-residence at the Tate Gallery, London (1999 – 2000). She received a Cholmondeley Award in 2001 and more recently an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Hull. She is among the poets on the current GCSE syllabus and is a fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.