Feel the Breeze: award-winning poet in performance and conversation

Posted by pt91 at Oct 25, 2011 12:00 PM |
University of Leicester hosts Jamaican dub poet Jean Binta Breeze on 26 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 25 October 2011

On Wednesday 26 October, the renowned dub poet Jean Binta Breeze will give her inaugural reading as honorary creative writing fellow at the University of Leicester's School of English.

Born and raised in Jamaica where she studied at the island’s drama school, Jean was invited to the UK in 1986 by the legendary Linton Kwesi Johnson. Since then she has published several books, recorded a number of albums and performed countless gigs up and down the UK and right around the world.

In January of this year Jean Binta Breeze was appointed the University of Leicester’s first ever Honorary Creative Writing Fellow by our School of English and Wednesday’s event is her inaugural reading in this capacity. As well as performing some of her own works, Jean will be ‘in conversation’ with Dr Corinne Fowler.

Director of the Arts Council Grassroutes Project, Corinne Fowler said: "We are honoured and privileged that Jean accepted our invitation. We wanted to publicly recognise her services to poetry and her support to local poets in Leicestershire."

The event takes place in the Attenborough Film Theatre at 6.30pm on Wednesday 26 October 2011. Entry is free and open to all.

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For more information contact:

Dr. Corinne Fowler

School of English

University of Leicester

0116 223 1435

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