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Jamaican Dub Poet Conferred Order Of The British Empire
Jean Binta Breeze, the first female to write and perform dub poetry, was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), in the Queen’s Birthday Honour list, June 16, for service in Literature.
Jean Binta Breeze, was born in 1956 in Hanover, Jamaica, and migrated to London, by invitation from Linton Kwesi Johnson, in 1985, where she has worked as a poet, scriptwriter, choreographer, dancer, actor and teacher. She studied at the Jamaica School of Drama and began writing dubpoetry in the 1970s.
She has written eight books including: Answers (1983); Riddym Ravings (1988); Spring Cleaning (1992); On the Edge of an Island (1997); The Arrival of Brighteye (2000); The Fifth Figure (2006); and Third World Girl (2011); as well as produced five albums and wrote the script for the British Film Festival in 1990, Hallelujah Anyhow.
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