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Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze is a poet, actress, dancer, choreographer, film writer and theatre director. She has released seven poetry books, Riddym Ravings (Race Today, 1988), Spring Cleaning(Virago, 1992), and On the Edge of an Island (1997), The Arrival of Brighteye(2000),The Fifth Figure (2006), Third World Girl: Selected Poems (2011, with DVD) and The Verandah Poems(2016) with Bloodaxe, as well as several records and CDs, including Tracks and Eena Me Corner with the Dennis Bovell Dub Band and Riding On De Riddym: selected spoken works (57 Productions). Her latest collection, The Verandah Poems, is launched with a UK reading tour in spring 2016. She has performed her work throughout the world, including tours of the Caribbean, Britain, North America, Europe, South East Asia and Africa, and now divides her time between Jamaica and England. She received a NESTA Award in 2003, and an MBE in 2012 for services to literature.