Made in 1982, Arena director Anthony Wall’s Upon Westminster Bridge focuses on the late Jamaican poet Michael Smith’s first visit to the UK. Smith performs his own work in iconic London areas including Brixton market and on Westminster Bridge, as well as exploring what makes a poet ‘revolutionary’ with renowned historian C L R James and LKJ. His verse, which captures the everyday struggles of ordinary people in Jamaica and beyond, resonates with the poetry of politics and injustice being produced by working class Ranting poets in the UK at the time. A Local Arena series event in partnership with Edinburgh International Book Festival, Speaking Volumes and Lucy Hannah.
Preceded by an intro and followed by a post-screening discussion with legendary reggae poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and Anthony Wall.
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