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Interview: John Agard—“those who weren’t given a voice, their story can be told”

The award-winning poet's one-man show reimagines Christopher Columbus

By Felicity Capon  

The Royal Festival Hall’s Blue Room has gone dark. “Ladies and gentlemen!” a voice with an American accent announces. “It gives me great pleasure to introduce the admiral of the ocean sea, live and direct from the old world to the new, and the new world to the old; viceroy and governor in perpetuo; property developer by the grace of God for his exalted sponsors; Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile……

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