David Austin (John Abbott College, Montreal)- 5.15-7pm, 05/03/19

Published: 26 February 2019

‘Linton Kwesi Johnson: The Poetics of Politics and Freedom’

David Austin

What is the relationship between poetry, artistic creativity and social change? Is socialism a viable alternative to the current global political and economic climate? Drawing on the poetry of Linton Kwesi Johnson and the poetic-political traditions that have shaped him, this talk will explore the themes of political consciousness and social transformation in relation to poetic-artistic expression.

David Austin is the author of Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal (Between The Lines, 2013, winner of the 2014 Casa de las Americas Prize), and Dread, Poetry and Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished  Revolution (Pluto, 2018); he is the editor of You Don’t Play with Revolution: The Montreal lectures of C.L.R. James (AK Press, 2010), and editor/author of Moving Against the System: The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness (Pluto, 2018). He teaches in the Humanities, Philosophy and Religion Department at John Abbott College. See: https://www.plutobooks.com/author/david-austin/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=tXaS_h1ksoo

First published: 26 February 2019