FEB 01] PEOPLE IN COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE
Obituary: Amryl Johnson
have been paid to a poet with an international reputation who studied
and performed in Coventry as part of the International Women’s
Johnson, who died on 28 December last year, was a magnificent
performance poet with an international reputation as a performer and a
won a worldwide reputation with her performance poetry and studied at
her periods as poet in residence in the UK, her lecture tours abroad
and poetry readings at international literary festivals, Amryl became
a major force in modern African Caribbean literature.
work is included in most anthologies of African-Caribbean Poetry and
Writing and she was well-received when she appeared in Coventry at the
women’s festival in 1999.
friend of many years, Sylvia Barker said:
is an awful shock - Amryl was such a lifelong friend that it is
impossible to imagine that she is not still with us.
were two Amryls - the public personality, the talented writer who
gave so much to so many people and the person that her friends knew;
a strong vibrant woman, with a sharp sense of humour, and a deep
sense of justice, which is reflected in her poetry.
her love of life, she gave loyalty and support to her many friends.
We will always recall her memorable performance in the same
programme as Maya Angelou in London. "
legacy is the body of written work she has left behind which include
poems, books and plays which are read and performed all over the
Long Road to Nowhere Virago
for a Ragged Hem Virago
it be told "Essays by Black FemaleWriters" Virago Press 1988
and Wine Kofa Press 1991
Reality by Surprise, "Essays on Writing and Being Published"
for my Grandmother
Kofa press 1992
Softly in Paradise Kofa
- a collection of poems 2000