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Benjamin Zephaniah

Place of birth: 
Birmingham, UK


Birmingham born Benjamin Zephaniah divided his early years between the district of Handsworth, and the tropics of Jamaica. Having left school aged 13 because of his dyslexia, Zephaniah gained a reputation amongst his community as a young poet able to speak about local and international issues. He attracted wider public interest through performances at political gatherings and his many television appearances throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He was the first to perform with The Wailers following Bob Marley's death, and at Nelson Mandela's request, Zephaniah hosted the President's Two Nations concert at the Royal Albert Hall in July 1996.


Title Date Publisher
Black Plays: 2 ed. Yvonne Brewster 1989 Methuen Drama
Refugee Boy 2001 Bllomsbury Publishing
Theatre Centre: Plays for Young People - Celebrating 50 Years of Theatre Centre: 2 by, Benjamin Zephaniah, Anna Reynolds, Anna Furse and Roy Williams 1970 2003
Listen to Your Parents Playscript 2007 Longman
Face: The Play, by Benjamin Zepahniah and Richard Conlon 2008 Heinemann
Refugee Boy, adapted by Lemn Sissay 2013 Methuen Drama

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