Spoken Word and Talks Sat 1 April 2023

Linton Kwesi Johnson


Huddersfield Literature Festival presents Linton Kwesi Johnson.

An opportunity to hear one of the greatest poets of modern times, Linton Kwesi Johnson, performing work including from his latest prose collection Time Come. Followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

Recognized as one of the great poets of modern times, and as a deeply respected and influential political and cultural activist and social critic, Linton Kwesi Johnson is also a prolific writer of non-fiction. In Time Come, he selects some of his most powerful prose – book and record reviews published in newspapers and magazines, lectures, obituaries and speeches – for the first time. Written over many decades, it is a body of work that draws creatively and critically on Johnson’s own Jamaican roots and on Caribbean history to explore the politics of race and ethnicity that continue to inform the Black British experience.

About Time Come

Ranging from reflections on the place of music in Caribbean and Black British culture as a creative, defiant response to oppression, to his penetrating appraisals of music and literature, and including warm tributes paid to the activists and artists who inspired him to find his own voice as a poet and compelled him to contribute to the struggle for racial equality and social justice, Time Come is a panorama of an exceptional life. A collection that ventures into memoir, it underscores Johnson’s enduring importance in Britain’s cultural history and reminds us of his brilliant, unparalleled legacy.

Linton Kwesi Johnson, writer and poet, poses wearing a beige hat, glasses and a grey suit with a red tie. Side-by-side picture with his book, Time Come.


Sat 1 April 2023


Main House


£10.00 - £18.00


60 minutes

Age guidance


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