Patience Agbabi (born 1965) is a British poet, author and performer. In 2017 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Patience Agbabi was born in London to Nigerian parents, and from a young age was privately fostered by a white English family, who when she was 12 years old moved from Sussex to North Wales, where Agbabi was raised in Colwyn Bay. She studied English language and literature at Pembroke College, Oxford.
She earned an MA in Creative Writing, the Arts and Education from the University of Sussex in 2002, and in September that year was appointed Associate Creative Writing Lecturer at the University of Wales, Cardiff.
Agbabi was Canterbury Festival’s Laureate in 2010. In 2018 she was Writer In Residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
Books in order of publication:
Raw – 1992
Transformatrix – 2000
Bloodshot Monochrome – 2008
I Have Found a Song: Poems and Images about Enslavement to Mark the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade ACT – 2010
Metamorphosis: Poems Inspired by Titian – 2012
Telling Tales – 2014
The Infinite – 2021