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Linton Kwesi Johnson: conversation and reading for #DavidOluwale50th.

  • West Indian Community Centre 10 Laycock Place Leeds, England, LS7 3AJ United Kingdom (map)

The internationally famous poet and activist Linton Kwesi Johnson (above, left) will be in conversation with Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, and he will read his poetry, including those he wrote in the 1970s referencing David Oluwale. Linton was one of the first British artists to create work that reflected on the killing of David Oluwale, in two memorable poems: Night of the Head (1975), Time Come (1979). Time Come appeared on his Forces of Victory album and can be heard here, with the Dennis Bovell band. Linton was an active member of the London Black Panthers and then the Race Today Collective. His poetry often responds to black people's experience worldwide, offering a fierce critique of oppression by race, class or gender. He has 18 albums to his credit. He is only the second living poet to have a volume in the Penguin Modern Classics series. More on LKJ here 

Linton will be in conversation with Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, of Leeds Beckett University's School of Cultural Studies, where she teaches Linton's poems on the BA English course. More on Emily here

Please book your ticket now: £6.98. This is a paid event, but there will be 50 "pay as you feel" tickets on the door.

Photo: L-R: Linton Kwesi Johnson, Arthur France MBE (member of the original RememberOluwale committee) and Caryl Phillips (Patron of RememberOluwale), at the Oluwale Now! event at Leeds ouniversity organised by Prof Andrew Warnes, 26.2.19. © Max Farrar.