A major, perhaps even a great voice. For stature, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze invites a Caribbean comparison with Maya Angelou, except that her range is broader still. Her poetry shifts effortlessly through standard English to a native Jamaican which has no equal in its emotional depth
— The Herald

Jean 'Binta' Breeze is a internationally-renowned poet.  She was born in Hanover, Jamaica. She first visited London to take part in the International Book Fair of Radical and Third World Books and she has been writing, performing and teaching ever since. She is the author of eight books of poems and stories, including Riddim Ravings and other poems, On the Edge of An Island, The Fifth Figure and Third World Girl: Selected Poems, most published by Bloodaxe Books. Her latest book, The Verandah Poems was published on 11 March 2016, also her 60th birthday, followed by an England book tour of the same name with Renaissance One, which has been funded by Arts Council England.

A powerful performer, she has been called a ‘one-woman festival’. She is well known for her mastery of the ‘dub’ art form.  Jean is an honorary Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Leicester, and she was awarded an M.B.E. in 2012.

Represented by Renaissance One for bookings.

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Upcoming events

September to November 2016 - The Verandah Poems tour continues into the autumn covering festivals and universities including Literary Leicester, University of Kent, Leeds Beckett University, Ilkley Literature Festival and Birmingham Literature Festival, and workshops and masterclasses with Apples and Snakes, Spread the Word and Writing West Midlands.  Visit the EVENTS section for a full list of readings.