Poesi og reggaekulturFoto: Danny Da Costa

Poesi og reggaekultur


Diktopplesning og samtale med Linton Kwesi Johnson

fredag 12. april 2019, kl. 18:00 til kl. 20:00

Sal: Wergeland

Arrangør: ILOS, UiO

Inngang: Gratis

Dub-poeten Linton Kwesi Johnson (UK) er en av kun to nålevende poeter som er representert i Penguin Modern Classics-serien. Han er også en anerkjent og suksessrik reggaeartist. Johnson har utviklet begrepet «bass culture» for å beskrive koblingene mellom musikken og lyrikken.

Samtalen foregår på engelsk.


Mer om arrangementet:

Linton Kwesi Johnson is a leading figure in British, Caribbean and World literature–and a legendary reggae artist. How do these two combine in his writing? This event will give Norwegian audiences a special opportunity to hear Linton Kwesi Johnson read his poetry and discuss his unique perspective on the relationship between music and poetry.

This is the first event in the new Black Poesis series organized by Louisa Olufsen Layne in the Literature, Rights and Imagined Communities research group at ILOS-Dept. of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo. The live conversation will be hosted by Postdoctoral Research Fellow Louisa Olufsen Layne and Associate Professor Bruce Barnhart. Funded by: Fritt Ord and Anders Jahre Stiftelsen.

Johnson is one of only two contemporary poets included in the Penguin Modern Classics series. He writes poetry based on spoken Jamaican English, with strong influences from reggae music. He has invented the term “bass culture” to describe how reggae, and especially its distinct bass sound, represents an aesthetics that combines musical, historical, political and poetic elements.

Johnson has been awarded the Golden Pen Award, the Musgrave Medal for distinguished eminence in the field of poetry, the Order of Distinction from Jamaica, and numerous other awards. He has recorded over 15 albums and sold more than 2 million records.

Read more about Linton Kwesi Johnson and the event here.