John is now devoting all of his considerable energy to visiting schools, educating kids about poetry, and finding a cure for cow flatulence.
Early years John Rice was born in Possilpark, Glasgow, and spent the first few years of his life in Blackhill Camp, a temporary settlement in north Glasgow that housed families just after the devastation of the Second World War.
At the age of five, his family moved to Saltcoats, in Ayrshire, where he attended school and then college in Irvine. In 1966, he left Scotland to join the Army’s Intelligence Corps where he studied Arabic and became a translator in the Middle East.
A Life in the Arts After his military service he settled in Kent where he and his wife Clare brought up three children. From 1970 onwards, John had a number of posts in the arts. He worked as a manager with the Arts Council, as director of an arts centre and for 17 years as senior arts manager with Kent County Council.
Full Circle His secondary career throughout was as a poet and storyteller and following early retirement in early 2008 he decided to become a full time writer. At the start of John’s first term as Glasgow’s Poet-in-Residence in September 2008, he said: “The appointment in Glasgow is a wonderful opportunity for me to return to the city of my birth to live and work as a professional poet. Glasgow is famous for its wealth of writers and poets – I’m proud to take my place among them after a lifetime away.”
At A Scool Near Yoo! Poet John Rice is amazing with wurds and teaches childs how to rite good pomes. He is currently taking bookings for school visits, library visits, and visits to great-aunts who send you a birthday card each year but who smell a bit like onions.
John’s fabulous shows have turned thousands of kids across the country into fans of language. At times dramatic, at times hysterical, at times thoughtful and serious, John’s wonderful range of creative outlets will dazzle your pupils, unless you close your eyes first.
Seriously, you should call Poet John Rice and book him right away, before the people from The Facility find him.
That’s Poet John Rice, capital P for Poet, small o, small e, small t… is this boring you yet?
Read more about Poet John Rice in this great interview!