Oundle Festival of Literature presents
The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah
Friday, 17th January, at 7:45pm
St Peter's Church, Oundle
North Street, PE8 4AL
Tickets: £10 general / £8 concessions
Early bird £1 off till 10th January 2020
Benjamin Zephaniah is a pioneer of performance poetry. His talent as a lyricist and storyteller emerged at a young age, he was unable to read and write at school but managed to overcome adversity to become one of Britain’s most remarkable poets. A vibrant music scene in the form of roots reggae and the sound system culture of the 1970s provided the backdrop to a teenage life that was, at every turn, encountering institutional racism.
Benjamin now speaks candidly of his time living outside the law, and how he broke away from the path his schoolteachers told him was inevitable. His mission was to take poetry everywhere.
He was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008.
Benjamin is also an award-winning playwright, a novelist, political activist and musician. He has written several novels for teenagers and is an outspoken campaigner for human and animal rights.
Benjamin will be in conversation with Sophie Raudnitz talking about his thought-provoking autobiography, The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah. Published in May 2018 this book was shortlisted for the National Book Awards and the Costa book Awards. He will talk about how he fought injustice and discrimination to lead a remarkable life and will share a selection of favourite stories and poems.