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Internationally acclaimed dub poet, author, and sociologist, Linton “Kwesi” Johnson, will be the guest lecturer at the third annual Distinguished Lecture Series, to be held in Toronto, Canada.
Organised by the Consulate General of Jamaica, under the distinguished patronage of Consul General, Anne-Marie Bonner, the Lecture will be held on Thursday, October 16, at St. Lawrence Hall in downtown Toronto, starting at 6:00 p.m. This year’s topic is: ‘Writing Reggae – Politics, Poetry, and Popular Culture’.
Born in Clarendon, Mr. Johnson migrated to London, England, at the age of 11. After completing high school, he attended Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, where he studied Sociology.
He has written numerous poems and recorded many albums, beginning with his first poetry collection, ‘Voices of the Living and the Dead’, which he published in 1974 at age 22. His 1985 album, ‘LKJ Live in Concert with the Dub Band’, was nominated for a Grammy Award, and he has written a 10-part radio series on Jamaican popular music called, “From Mento to Lovers Rock,” which aired on BBC Radio One.
His other publications include: ‘Dread Beat An’ Blood’, ‘Inglan is A Bitch’, ‘Tings An’ Times’, and ‘Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems’.
Consul General, Anne-Marie Bonner, has expressed pleasure in Mr. Johnson’s acceptance of her invitation to be this year’s guest lecturer.
“Linton is a fascinating artiste, who has inspired many poets and musicians. His presentation will give the audience much food for thought.”
The Consul General also expressed her appreciation to the Jamaica National Building Society’s (JNBS) Toronto Representative Office, which has sponsored the event for the last two years.
The Distinguished Lecture Series, was launched by the Consul General in 2006, to commemorate National Heritage Week and Heroes Day. The inaugural Lecture was delivered by former Government minister and parliamentarian, Justice Hugh Small, who spoke on the topic: ‘Heroism and Nation Building’. In 2007, the Distinguished Lecturer was Professor Verene Shepherd, Chair of the Jamaica National Bicentenary Committee, who delivered on the theme: ‘The Archaeology of Black Memory: Reckoning with 1807 in 2007’.