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Linton Kwesi Johnson: WRITING REGGAE

Date: Tuesday 16 April

Time: 7:45pm 

Venue: All Saints Centre 

Address: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE

Linton Kwesi Johnson charts the history of poetics in reggae alongside the evolution his own career as a poet and as a reggae musician / performer. Illustrated throughout with tracks selected by LKJ.

Even before he became a recording artist in the late 1970s, Linton Kwesi Johnson was a student of reggae. From researching and presenting the first-ever history of the genre on BBC radio in 1982, to playing alongside some of the greats in the decades since, he has always had an ear for what makes reggae the most well-loved of Jamaican exports. Come and hear his unique take on reggae culture, taking in its oral storytelling traditions and use of the Bible as well as the development of black / Africam consciousness and dub lyricism. It's a journey which has also been personal, transporting Johnson from the Jamaican countryside to the world stage.

Part of LLL's Outside Eye series of events.

About LKJ

Linton Kwesi Johnson was born in 1952 in Chapelton, Clarendon, Jamaica. He was a member of the Black Panthers, and developed his work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers. In 1974 Race Today published Johnson’s first collection of poetry, Voices of the Living and the Dead. He has had four more books published and in 2002 became only the second living poet and the first black poet to have his work included in Penguin’s Modern Classics series, under the title Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems. Johnson’s first album, Dread Beat An Blood was released in 1978, and since then he has released 14 more albums, including LKJ Live in Paris in 2004, a CD and DVD celebrating his 25th anniversary as a reggae recording artist. 

Hear a bit of LKJ in action: Bass Culture »

Tickets: £12 advance / £15 on the door


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Written & performed by Gus Watcham

Date: Friday 26 April

Time: 7.45pm

Venue: All Saints Centre 

Address: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE

Little Red Riding Hood is 66 and looking for love! 

In this fantastical one woman show, poet Gus Watcham turns the fairy tale upside down and shakes out all the bits to create a disturbed & darkly humorous psychodrama for our times. Directed by LLL's Mark C. Hewitt, using an old OHP, dictaphones, torches, a plastic pig and tiny props, this is a live literature production unlike any other.

About the writer

Gus Watcham was a RADA student in 1969, back in the days when acting was going to change the world. She spent nearly twenty years on the London Fringe and touring the UK and abroad, searching for the danger and excitement of those heady student days and very occasionally finding them. When a young family brought her to a welcome stand-still, she continued to make art. She has a degree in painting and ceramics from Camberwell and a fine art MA from Brighton. She has always written as part of her practice and as a way of explaining the world to herself. She has worked in many capacities: as artist, support worker, bartender, civil servant and the front end of a pantomime horse. 

WARNING! RED ALERT! Proceed at your own risk or turn back now.  This madness will not bring you any happiness.

Tickets: £7.00 advance / £9.00 door

Tickets bought from Wednesday 24th onwards will be kept on te door for you to collect. Just give your name when you arrive.

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