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Jean 'Binta' Breeze

Jean 'Binta' Breeze

brings all of her artistic experience to bear on her work as a poet.

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Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze is a poet and performer of international standing. She grew up in rural Jamaica and then moved to Kingston, where she soon established herself as a key performer and recording artist. Coming through on the rhythms and reverberations of reggae, Breeze was first known as a “dub poet”. Like her brother poets and countrymen, the late Michael Smith and Oku Onuora, she studied at the Jamaican School of Drama, and was instrumental in the formation of the renowned women’s theatre company, Sistren. She soon linked up with Linton Kwesi Johnson, who encouraged her to come to Britain.

As an actress, dancer, choreographer and theatrical director, Jean brings all of her artistic experience to bear on her work as a poet. She has a striking stage presence, generating all the power and excitment of a full-blown theatrical performance. She has performed her work worldwide, including tours of North America, Europe, South East Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

Her poetry collections include the books Ryddim Ravings (1988), Spring Cleaning (1992) and, most recently, The Arrival of Brighteye and Other Poems (2000). Several recordings of her work are available, including Hearsay (1994) and Riding on de Riddym (1996). She also wrote the script for the film Hallelujah Anyhow, screened at the British Film Festival in 1990.


Jean runs creative writing workshops for the following age groups.

Relevant Age Groups:

18 + (adults)

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