Jayne Cortez: A Star is Dimmed

December 30, 2012 in Blog

It is with profound sadness that I write about the passing of Jayne Cortez, globally renowned poet and cultural activist and a dear friend of the International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books and its successor, the George Padmore Institute.

I was a member of the Book Fair organizing committee and a founder trustee of the George Padmore Institute.

Many will recall Jayne’s electrifying poetry readings at the Book Fair festival and her participation in the literary debates at the Book Fair.  The very first Book Fair in 1982 was opened by the late CLR James and was followed by annual and then bi-annual fairs until 1995.  Jayne attended most if not all and was a star performer at poetry evenings at the Book Fair festival.  She thus became a well-loved member of the International Book Fair family. Read the rest of this entry →