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Latest News An Evening with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE and Tracie Morris

Jean 'Binta' Breeze & Tracie Morris @ The Drum

An Evening with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze MBE and Tracie Morris

October 2nd, 2014 1:37 pm

It’s National Poetry Day, and across the country all kinds of poets are creating unique and inspirational works to celebrate this amazing art form. Here at The Drum we’re big fans of poetry and in a few weeks we’ll be welcoming renowned Jamaican poet and dub artist Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and the acclaimed US poet and voice artist Tracie Morris for an evening of conversation and lyrical wordplay on Wed 22 Oct.

Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze is known across the world for her incredible work, and has been enthralling audiences since the 1980s. Her words carry powerful political and personal messages, sharing her experiences of life in Jamaican and the UK, speaking of Third World poverty, freedom, reggae, the Caribbean and the human condition in colourful, emotive and utterly unique ways. Jean was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2012, and has been called “one of the most important, influential performance poets of recent years” by the British Institute of Literature.

Tracie Morris is an American poet and sound artist who fuses brilliant performance with academic prowess. Not only a prolific performer, first emerging on the New York poetry slam scene in the 1990s, Tracie holds a Ph.D in Performance Studies from New York University, and splits her time between performing her unique blend of sound poetry and serving as a full time Professor of Performance Studies at New York’s Pratt Institute.

This special night is supported by Arts Council England, produced by renaissance one and presented in association with Shakti Women.

We hope you’ll join us for this very special night. For more information and to book your tickets, call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444, or click here

Jean Breeze … poetry shifts effortlessly through standard English to a native Jamaican which has no equal in its emotional depthThe Herald

Tracie Morris brilliantly spearheads the ongoing experiment black artists conduct at the intersection of language and music. She sounds like how we want to sound.” University of California