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Literary Salon: Jean 'Binta' Breeze and Maggie Harris: Readings on The Verandah

  • Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing University of Leicester, University Road LE1 7RH (map)

Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE is a renowned Jamaican poet who marked her 60th birthday this year with a new poetry collection, The Verandah Poems. Having made Leicester her home for many years, she is Patron of mental health charity Soft Touch Arts and an honorary Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Leicester.  Maggie Harris is a Guyana-born poet and short story writer living in Wales. Her awards include two Guyana Prizes for Literature, most recently this year for her poetry collection Sixty Years and Loving, and a Commonwealth Short Story Prize. 

A partnership between Literary Leicester and Renaissance One as part of The Verandah Poems Tour, which is funded by Arts Council England.

‘The poet is examining, subtly, a more or less contented return to where her life began.’ Mervyn Morris, Poet Laureate of Jamaica (on Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze)
Her poems dart like hummingbirds: vivid, precise, lyrical, playful and singing with a chorus of voices'  Maggie Butt (on Maggie Harris) 

Read more and book here.