MON­DAY 01.05.17

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS -

REG­GAE/DUB/PO­ETRY Lin­ton Kwesi John­son Fes­ti­val Mar­quee, Belfast 6.45pm £6 Born in Chap­le­ton, Ja­maica, in 1952, Lin­ton Kwesi John­son (be­low) is one of the most im­por­tant voices in con­tem­po­rary so­cio-po­lit­i­cal po­etry (“writ­ing was a po­lit­i­cal act and po­etry was a cul­tural weapon,” he told the Guardian in 2008). He first came to promi­nence in 1977 in Lon­don at the cross-cul­tural in­ter­sec­tion of punk and reg­gae, and through al­bums – each co-pro­duced by him and Bar­ba­dos-born mu­si­cian Den­nis Bovell – such as Dread Beat an’ Blood (1978), Forces of Vic­tory (1979) and Bass Cul­ture (1980), the new genre of dub po­etry was cre­ated. John­son’s ex­act­ing, com­pelling per­for­mances are rare, so this one is quite spe­cial – ladies and gen­tle­men, please pay your re­spects to the first black poet to be pub­lished in the Pen­guin Modern Clas­sics se­ries. TCL ART A Name Un­made: Fran­cis Led­widge (1887-1917) Sven An­der­son, Pa­tri­cia Burns, David Far­rell, Clare Lan­gan, Mick O’Dea, Niamh O’Mal­ley and Sasha Sykes. Sol­stice Arts Cen­tre, Rail­way St, Na­van, Co Meath Un­til June 16 sol­sticearts­cen­ Sol­stice’s cu­ra­tor-in-res­i­dence Sabina Mac Ma­hon has put to­gether an ex­hi­bi­tion of new and re­cent work by con­tem­po­rary vis­ual artists to be viewed in re­la­tion to the life and work of the Meath “poet, nat­u­ral­ist, ac­tivist, na­tion­al­ist and sol­dier” Fran­cis Led­widge, who was killed in the lead-up to the Third Bat­tle of Ypres on July 31, 1917. Though Led­widge was known as a war poet, Mac Ma­hon notes, “the ma­jor­ity of his works fo­cuses on an emo­tion­ally in­tense ex­plo­ration of the in­ti­mate and com­plex con­nec­tion he felt to the land­scape in which he grew up”. Sven An­der­son, Pa­tri­cia Burns, David Far­rell, Clare Lan­gan, Mick O’Dea, Niamh O’Mal­ley and Sasha Sykes are the artists. There will be work­shops through­out the run, a walk-through by the cu­ra­tor at 1.30pm on May 20th, and a show­ing of the award-win­ning 1973 RTÉ doc­u­men­tary Be­hind The Closed Eye, writ­ten and nar­rated by Brian Cleeve, at 8pm on June 6th. AD

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