Jean "Binta" Breeze  

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Jean "Binta" Breeze MBE (11 March 1956 – 4 August 2021) was a Jamaican dub poet and storyteller, acknowledged as the first woman to write and perform dub poetry. She worked also as a theatre director, choreographer, actor, and teacher. She performed her work around the world, in the Caribbean, North America, Europe, South-East Asia, and Africa, and has been called "one of the most important, influential performance poets of recent years".


Books of poetry

  • Answers (1983)
  • Riddym Ravings and Other Poems (Race Today Publications, 1988) edited by Mervyn Morris
  • Spring Cleaning (Virago Press, 1992)
  • On the Edge of an Island (Bloodaxe Books, 1997)
  • Song Lines (Gecko Press, 1997)
  • The Arrival of Brighteye and Other Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2000)
  • The Fifth Figure (Bloodaxe Books, 2006)
  • Third World Girl: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), with live performances DVD
  • The Verandah Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2016)


  • Riddym Ravings (1987), ROIR
  • Tracks (1991), LKJ
  • Hearsay (1994), 57 Productions
  • Riding on de Riddym (1997), 57 Productions
  • Eena Me Corner (2010), Arroyo Rec.

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