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Linton Kwesi Johnson on Michael Smith

The life and work of the Jamaican dub poet

Linton Kwesi Johnson talks about the life and work of Jamaican dub poet Michael Smith also known as Mikey Smith (14 September 1954 – 17 August 1983), whose life was cut short by a stone thrown at his head at a political rally. As well as writing, recording and touring as a music artist, Smith worked as a social worker representing prisoners in Gun Court and was known for his commentary on the 'isms and schisms of ‘politricks’ in Jamaica. The talk is followed by an In Conversation between Johnson and Joy Francis (Words of Colour) and questions from the audience.

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The late Jamaican poet, Michael Smith, was to my mind one of the most interesting and original poetic voices to emerge from the English-speaking Caribbean during the last quarter of the 20th century.
— Linton Kwesi Johnson

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Festival curated by Melanie Abrahams. Produced by Renaissance One as part of The Independence Project.