BLACK HISTORY MONTH: AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH LINTON KWESI JOHNSON
Join us for an intimate evening with Linton Kwesi Johnson as we delve into his life and poetry.
Come and hear from one of the UK's most noted poets who uses his own unique style to express his experiences of growing up in Britain in the Windrush era.
Refreshments and nibbles inclusive
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Born in 1952 in Chapelton, Jamaica, Linton Kwesi Johnson came to London in 1963, going to school in Tulse Hill and studying at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. He was a member of the Black Panthers, and developed his work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers. In 1977 he was awarded a C Day Lewis Fellowship, becoming the writer-in-residence for Lambeth. He then worked at the Keskidee Centre, the first home of Black theatre and art.
In 1974 Race Today published Johnson’s first collection of poetry, Voices of the Living and the Dead. He has had four more books published and in 2002 became only the second living poet and the first black poet to have his work included in Penguin’s Modern Classics series, under the title Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems. Johnson’s first album, Dread Beat An Blood was released in 1978, and since then he has released 14 more albums, including LKJ Live in Paris in 2004, a CD and DVD celebrating his 25th anniversary as a reggae recording artist.
Linton Kwesi Johnson has been running his own record label, LKJ Records, since 1981, putting out the work of likes of Mikey Smith, Jean Binta Breeze, John Kpiaye and Dennis Bovell. He has worked in journalism and still regularly tours around the world with the Dennis Bovell Dub Band. He is also a Trustee of the George Padmore Institute. In 2003 Johnson was bestowed with an honorary fellowship from his alma mater, Goldsmiths College, and in 2014 he was made a Commander of the Order of Distinction for outstanding and important services to Jamaica.
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