On the Edge of an Island
The Arrival of Brighteye & Other Poems
The Fifth Figure
Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze
Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze was born in Jamaica in 1957. She studied at the Jamaican School of Drama with Michael Smith and Oku Onuora. A ‘dub’ poet, she began to write poetry in the 1970s, performing and recording first in Kingston then in London. She has worked as a director and scriptwriter for theatre, television and film and is joint-editor of Critical Quarterly in London where she works as a lecturer and performance poet.
Her latest book is The Fifth Figure (2006), a sequence mixing poetry and prose which chronicles the lives of five generations of Caribbean and Black British women of mixed ancestry.
The English and Media Centre made these recordings in 1995.