Participants: Linton Kwesi Johnson(Photo: Danny DaCosta)
Linton Kwesi Johnson’s first collection of poetry, Voices of the Living and the Dead, was published in 1974. Dread Beat An’ Blood followed in 1975, with Inglan Is A Bitch in 1980. Tings An’ Times, a selected poems, was co-published by Bloodaxe Books and LKJ Music Publishers in 1991, and in 2002 Johnson became only the second living poet and the first black poet to have his work published in Penguin’s Modern Classics series, under the title Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems. Johnson has received numerous awards and accolades, including in 2006 a Silver Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica for ‘eminence in the field of poetry’, and he has toured the world from Japan to the new South Africa, from Europe to Brazil, and his recordings are amongst the top-selling reggae albums in the world. Unsurprisingly, he is known and revered as the world’s first reggae poet.
StAnza 2010 Events:
Sat 20 March | Poetry Centre Stage
Reading: Linton Kwesi Johnson, John Akpata
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Auditorium