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Join us for an enthralling evening of readings and conversation with the acclaimed Jamaican poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze as she presents her new collection, The Verandah Poems.
Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze's varied life and colourful personality has shaped a voice that demands attention. Whether she is speaking of poverty and precarity, the Caribbean, music, family, or themes that chart the human experience, audiences are moved and inspired by her words.
Often cited as a 'one woman festival' she has presented her work throughout the world. Ms Breeze is the author of eight books including Riddim Ravings and Third World Girl: Selected Poems and she is known for her mastery of the dub poetry artform. An honorary Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Leicester, she received an MBE for Services to Literature in 2012.
The evening will include readings and a Q & A, and guests will be invited to a book signing and drinks reception following the readings.
What they say
‘The third world girl, at home for a while, sets these attractive poems in rural Jamaica. The easy-going voice talks of personal development, celebrates friends and family, comments on mortality, freedom, gender and class. The poet is examining, subtly, a more or less contented return to where her life began.’ - Mervyn Morris, Poet Laureate of Jamaica
How much does the event cost? How many tickets am I entitled to?
As a special event subsidised by Leeds Beckett University and Renaissance One, and enabled through financial support from Arts Council England, the tickets are free of charge. There is a maximum of 2 tickets per person/guest to enable the widest access possible.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
The recommended age is 14 years and upwards.
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If you're unable to make the event, please let us know so that we are able to transfer the ticket to someone else who is able to attend as we expect strong demand and a waiting list.