Linton Kwesi Johnson

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Dennis Bovell: ‘I’m still angry about the six months I was jailed, wrongfully’
The reggae musician and producer, 68, tells James McMahon about Bob Marley, Linton Kwesi Johnson, police intimidation, impressing his dad and writing songs in prison to vent his anger

James McMahon

06, Nov, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze obituary
Poet who expressed female experience through dub and was a powerful performer of her own work

Lyn Innes

11, Aug, 2021 @8:42 AM

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On my radar: John Cooper Clarke's cultural highlights
The poet on vintage TV, elegant writing about architecture and Dylan’s endearing take on the Great American Songbook

Kadish Morris

17, Oct, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Writers need PEN more than ever
A century after the international association of writers was founded, authors are under unprecedented threat

Philippe Sands

15, Oct, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Eritrean poet Amanuel Asrat named International Writer of Courage
The author, imprisoned without charge since 2001, was chosen to share the PEN Pinter prize by 2020’s winner Linton Kwesi Johnson

Alison Flood

13, Oct, 2020 @11:36 AM

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Black people will not be respected until our history is respected | Benjamin Zephaniah
My teachers, and the police who beat me up, all thought our past had no value. But now there’s hope things might change, says poet Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah

12, Oct, 2020 @11:11 AM

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I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke review – chapter and verse
This riveting memoir of the Salford dandy’s ascent to national treasuredom charms with tales of heroin and Sugar Puffs

Anthony Quinn

11, Oct, 2020 @6:00 AM

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'Living legend' Linton Kwesi Johnson wins PEN Pinter prize
The pioneer of dub poetry has been hailed for his ‘political ferocity’ and ‘tireless scrutiny of history’

Alison Flood

07, Jul, 2020 @9:59 AM

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Benjamin Zephaniah: 'Coppers were standing on my back and I thought: OK, I’m going to die here.’
The poet and novelist has had a turbulent lockdown, with two relatives lost to Covid-19 and George Floyd’s death bringing back memories of his cousin, Mikey Powell, who was killed by the police in 2003

Simon Hattenstone

07, Jul, 2020 @7:24 AM

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Poetic justice: black lives and the power of poetry
Leading black British poets including Linton Kwesi Johnson, Grace Nichol and Raymond Antrobus share their thoughts on protest, change and the trailblazers who inspired them

Introduction by Kadish Morris. Interviews by Killian Fox ,Jude Rogers, Anita Sethi

28, Jun, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Blood, terror and bass: the heavy return of dub poetry
It was the insurrectionist sound of the turbulent 70s – and now it’s back, thanks to Moor Mother and King Midas Sound

Harley Brown

07, Nov, 2019 @3:10 PM

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Linton Kwesi Johnson: ‘It was a myth that immigrants didn’t want to fit into British society. We weren’t allowed’
As the Jamaican-born dub poet reflects on decades of race relations in the UK, from the Brixton riots to Windrush, he says young black men carry knives out of fear, and questions how much progress we have made since his time as a teenage Black Panther

Decca Aitkenhead

27, Apr, 2018 @2:48 PM

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