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Mexborough Business Centre
Saturday 24 June
6.30pm – 9.30pm
An electric night of spoken word from Linton Kwesi Johnson, Tim Wells and Janine Booth, with music from folk three-piece Peg Powler. An unmissable line-up, bringing the second day of the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival weekend to a memorable conclusion.
Tickets: £8. To reserve your place, please book through our TicketTailor event page.
Linton Kwesi Johnson was born on 24 August 1952 in Chapelton, a small town in the rural parish of Clarendon, Jamaica. He came to London in 1963, went to Tulse Hill secondary school and later studied Sociology at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. Whilst still at school he joined the Black Panthers, helped to organise a poetry workshop within the movement and developed his work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers. In 1977 he was awarded a C Day Lewis Fellowship, becoming the writer-in-residence for the London Borough of Lambeth for that year. He went on to work as the Library Resources and Education Officer at the Keskidee Centre, the first home of Black theatre and art. Since the 1970s, he has published five collections and poetry and more than a dozen albums, including Dread Beat An’ Blood. He is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, and has toured the world from Japan to the new South Africa, from Europe to Brazil. His recordings are amongst the top-selling reggae albums in the world, and his work has been translated into Italian and German. Unsurprisingly, he is known and revered as the world’s first reggae poet.
Tim Wells is made of reggae, lager top, pie and mash, and Leyton Orient FC. As ‘Teething Wells’ he was an original teenage ranting poet.
His recent books include Keep the Faith (Blackheath Books, 2013), Rougher Yet (Donut Press, 2009), Boys’ Night Out in the Afternoon (Donut Press, 2006), which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and Everything Crash (Penned in the Margins, 2015).
He is the founding editor of the poetry magazine Rising, runs the Stand Up and Spit blog, and writes a column for The Morning Star.
Stand Up and Spit: http://standupandspit.wordpress.com
Peg Powler are a 3 piece folk/blues/acoustic band performing original material, traditional folk songs and blues & jazz standards. Their work embraces literary motifs, contemporary life and traditional influence. The band comprises Ian Bartholomew (guitar and vocals), Sara Dennis (vocals and ukulele), and Mags Forward (fiddle and vocals). They take their name from the mythical hag of the River Tees who is said to grab the ankles of naughty children and wayward young men and drag them to their deaths to her lair beneath the river. The wrath of Peg Powler was a warning to young children not to stray too close to the river’s edge. Website: www.pegpowlerband.co.uk
Janine Booth is a trade unionist, author, poet and former RMT Executive member. She has published three books, the latest of which is Autism Equality in the Workplace: removing barriers and challenging discrimination. She writes and performs poetry as The Big J and was part of the ranting poetry movement in the 1980s.
Three books of poetry have been published by Hastings Press, including Mostly Hating Tories and ’16: the age of discontent – a ranting, rhyming, revolting review of the year also available as a CD.