Linton Kwesi Johnson in Conversation

Wednesday 17thMay

Join Linton Kwesi Johnson in conversation with legendary actor, director, presenter and cultural activist, Burt Caesar.


Recognised 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, 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 that continue to inform the Black British experience.

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.

Join Linton in conversation with legendary actor, director, presenter and cultural activist, Burt Caesar.

Caesar is a director and an actor in film and theatre. His acting credits in film include The Amnesty Files, Scoop, and Exorcist: The Beginning, directed by Paul Schrader. He has made several film shorts and directed extensively in television drama. Recent TV appearances include in Unforgotten and Death in Paradise. He has performed in the West End and on Broadway (Serious Money by Caryl Churchill) and at the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, Edinburgh Lyceum, Sheffield Crucible and Theatre Royal Stratford East amongst others, including in some plays of Shakespeare, James Baldwin and Chekhov. He is a former Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre.

As an educator he has taught/directed at BFI, Rada, Central St Martin’s/UAL, Met Film School, Farnham Film School and elsewhere in the UK, plus in the USA with Tim Reid’s Legacy Media Institute.

For BBC Radio he has made features including To Sir, With Love Revisited; Black Students in Red Russia; Black Screen Britain; What We Leave We Carry: the Life & Work of John La Rose and poet Hannah Lowe’s Borderliners.

He was one of a team of advisers for the permanent gallery London Sugar & Slavery at Museum of London Docklands.