Jean Binta Breeze 





Jean Breese stage name Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze was born in Jamaica and came to England in the 1980s.  She is an internationally renowned poet and playwright and has shaped a voice that demands attention and response.


She writes in many forms and is highly acclaimed for her artistry with the Jamaican ‘Dub’ artform.


Her words carry resonant political and personal messages and audiences around the world relate to and are inspired by her work. She is the author of six books; the latest Third World Girl was published in the UK in 2011, followed by a national tour.


Her first book of poetry, Ryddim Ravings, was published in 1988; she went on to write the screenplay for Hallelujah Anyhow, a co-production of the British Film Institute and BBC 2. She has recorded with Dennis Bovell’s Dub Band.
She has been the recipient of a National Endowment of Science and the Arts (NESTA) Award for her poetry and in 2011, she became an Honorary Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester.


She suffers from schizophrenia and has written poetry about what she herself calls “madness.” In 2006, on the BBC Radio program “The Interview,” Breeze gave her perspective on mental illness and advocated increased attention to the needs of schizophrenics.


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