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On the Edge of an Island

Published by Bloodaxe Books

ISBN: 9781852244057

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Jean 'Binta' Breeze is a popular Jamaican Dub poet and storyteller whose performances are so powerful she has been called a 'one-woman festival'. An actress, dancer, choreographer, film writer and theatre director, she has released two other poetry collections: Riddym Ravings (Race Today) and Spring Cleaning (Virago), as well as several records, including the album Tracks with the Dennis Bovell Dub Band and the recent cassette Riding On De Riddym: selected spoken works (from 57 Productions).

She has performed her work throughout the world, including tours of the Caribbean, North America, Europe, South East Asia and Africa, and now divides her time between Jamaica and London.

"A major, perhaps even a great voice. For stature, Jean 'Binta' Breeze invites a Caribbean comparison with Maya Angelou, except that her range is broader still. Her poetry shifts effort-lessly through standard English to a native Jamaican which has no equal in its emotional depth."
Alexander Linklater, The Herald

"Breeze sings of sisterhood and the private spirituality that keeps the head above water even when prejudice, and laundry, threaten to drag it down. Her work, and that of a great many other black women writers, affirms life in a way that the rest of the world might do well to emulate."
Tania Glyde, Independent
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