Benjamin Zephaniah is a multi-award-winning writer, oral poet, novelist, playwright, children’s author and reggae artist. He grew up in Jamaica and the Handsworth district of Birmingham. Despite being dyslexic and leaving school at 14, Zephaniah has ended up the people’s poet. Today he holds a handful of honorary degrees. In 2008 he appeared inThe Timeslist of top 50 post-war writers.
Zephaniah’s work is often described as dub poetry, a form of oral performance poetry often staged to music with the rhythms of reggae and the rhetoric of Rastafarianism. His poems are often inspired by political causes. Zephaniah’s poems are often called protest literature, but they're often teeming with hope, humour and laughter. He has said that he ‘lives in two places, Britain and the world.'
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