Patience Agbabi is a poet, performer and workshop facilitator. She was born in London in 1965 to Nigerian parents and spent her teenage years living in North Wales. She was educated at Oxford University and in 2002 received an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex.
R.A.W., her groundbreaking debut collection of poetry, was published in 1995, and won the 1997 Excelle Literary Award. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, includingBittersweet: Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry (The Women’s Press),The Virago Book of Wicked Verse, and IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain.
Patience Agbabi has performed at the ICA, the Edinburgh Book Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Glastonbury Festival and Soho Jazz Festival, and has worked extensively for The British Council in countries including Namibia, 1999, the Czech Republic, 2000, Zimbabwe and Germany, 2001, and Switzerland, 2002. Her work has also appeared on television and radio. She has been poet-in-residence at Oxford Brookes University and at Eton College.
Patience Agbabi lives in Gravesend, Kent. In 2004 she was named as one of the Poetry Society’s ‘Next Generation’ poets. In 2008 she released a third collection, Bloodshot Monochrome (Payback Press).