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Walter Rodney Lecture 2008

Linton Kwesi Johnson

giving the Walter Rodney Memorial Lecture

Wednesday 12th November 7.15pm

Conference Room

Linton Kwesi Johnson was born in 1952 in Chapelton, Jamaica. He moved to London in 1963 and went on to read Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

His first book of poems, Voices of the Living and the Dead, was published by the Race Today imprint in 1974. His second book, Dread, Beat an' Blood (1975) includes poems written in Jamaican dialect, and was released as a record in 1978.

A selection of his poetry, entitled Mi Revalueshanary Fren, was published in 2002 with an introduction by Fred D'Aguiar. In 2005 he was awarded a Musgrave medal by the Institute of Jamaica, for eminence in the field of poetry.

"Brilliant Jamaican poet - the alternative poet laureate" Time Out

Tickets are available from the Arts Centre