Lifetime Award for Jean 'Binta' Breeze

Lifetime Award for Jean 'Binta' Breeze

Observer writer

Monday, August 06, 2018

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THE 2018 renewal of the Jamaica Poetry Festival is slated for the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre in St Andrew on Sunday, August 12.

The occasion will see Jean “Binta” Breeze being bestowed with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

“In continuing the tradition of honouring our cultural and literary icons, the Jamaica Poetry Festival Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Jean “Binta” Breeze, who recently received an honorary Doctor of letters from Leicester University in the UK. This year's award will be presented in partnership with the National Library of Jamaica and the Jamaica Poet Laureate Programme,” said Yasus Afari of Sen YAcum Edutainment — event organisers, which is staging the event in association with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

Jamaica's first woman Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison is scheduled to headline the 8th staging of The Feast of Poetree showcase, which is billed to start at 7:00 pm, with a cast of luminary spoken word artistes from Jamaica and overseas.

The line-up offering an eclectic blend of performers also include Dr Velma Pollard, Mutabaruka, Lenny Little-White, Yasus Afari, Ka'Bu Ma'at Kheru, Antonia Valaire, Ras Jaja, Wise Wurdz, Spolly, Jamaican/Canadian writer, author and poet Shauntay Grant and Anord Sichinsambwe from Tanzania. Singer Asante Amen and comedian Dufton Shepherd are the guest artistes.

Commencing at 10:00 am is a free Youth-Family-Friendly Creative Writing Workshop which will be led by Shauntay Grant.

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