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Linton Kwesi Johnson in conversation with Dr Emily Zobel Marshall

This event is part of a series of 50th Anniversary events remembering David Oluwale.

The internationally famous poet and activist Linton Kwesi Johnson will be in conversation with Dr Emily Zobel Marshall from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities. Emily teaches Linton's poems on the schools BA (Hons) English Literature course. 


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 University organised by Prof Andrew Warnes, 26.2.19. © Max Farrar

At this event he will read his poetry, including those written 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) and 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. 

Further information on Linton Kwesi Johnson.  

Please register in advance for this event in advance. There will also be 50 'pay as you feel' tickets available on the door.


Event Details

20 April 2019 -
20 April 2019
14:30 - 16:30
West Indian Community Centre, 10 Laycock Place, Leeds LS7 3AJ
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