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Jean Binta Breeze, Katy Layton Jones, Karen McCarthy Woolf

Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's the word, with guests including Jean Binta Breeze, Katy Layton Jones and Karen McCarthy Woolf.

Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Friday night cabaret of the word. Ian's guests include Jean Binta Breeze, Katy Layton Jones, Karen McCarthy Woolf.

Born and raised in Jamaica, Jean Binta Breeze is an internationally renowned dub poet and storyteller, and the first woman to come to prominence in the male dominated dub poetry scene. As she writes in her poem 'The Garden Path', "I want to make words/music/move beyond language/into sound". Her latest book is 'The Verandah Poems' (Bloodaxe)

Karen McCarthy Woolf is one of the poets invited by Radio 3 to write a new poem to celebrate its 70th anniversary as part of the 'Three Score and Ten' Series. She published her debut collection 'An Aviary of Small Birds' (Carcanet) in 2014.

Katy Layton-Jones is a Cultural historian and historical consultant. She examines our changing relationship with the city in her book 'Beyond the Metropolis' (Manchester University Press).

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Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze

Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze

Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze’s new collection is ‘The Verandah Poems’ (Bloodaxe). For Jean, the Verandah is an important metaphor for the space of the poem; it’s a liminal space which allows the poet to write about internal and external landscapes. She reads poems from the collection musing on subjects such as her daughter leaving home, and the stories spun by passing strangers.

Jean 'Binta' Breeze on Twitter

Karen McCarthy Woolf

Karen McCarthy Woolf

Karen was nominated for the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection for ‘An Aviary of Small Birds’ (Carcanet). As part of the ‘Three Score and Ten’ series of new poems celebrating Radio 3’s 70th anniversary, Karen has written ‘Conversation with Water’. The poem is written in the Japanese ‘zuihitsu’ style, which blends prose, poetry and personal reflection. The poem is accompanied by a soundscape by Andrea Allegra. 

Karen McCarthy Woolf on Twitter

Katy Layton-Jones

Katy Layton-Jones

Cultural historian Katy Layton-Jones explores the changes in the language we used to talk about the city in the 18th and 19th centuries, examining the idea of the city as ‘bastion’ and as ‘crucible’, and how different eras associate the city with progress, excitement, regression or anxiety. Her latest book, ‘Beyond the Metropolis’ is published by Manchester University Press.

Katy Layton Jones

Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit

The author Rebecca Solnit has edited a series of atlases which reimagine cities (along with co-editor Joshua Jelly-Shapiro). The latest is called ‘Nonstop Metropolis’, a series of essays and maps which show alternative histories of New York by celebrating its songs, its riots and creating a subway map of notable women.

Rebecca Solnit 

Nonstop Atlas on Twitter

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