Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah welcomes you to the Young Poets Network, talks about what it was like to publish his first book and why he sees performance as a vital part of his role as a poet.


Benjamin Zephaniah was born in Handsworth, Birmingham. His poetry is influenced by dub and rap rhythms and often uses humour to get across a strong political message. Zephaniah has published numerous acclaimed collections of poetry as well as recordings both as a musician and poet. He is also a vice president of the Poetry Society.

2 thoughts on “Benjamin Zephaniah

  1. He wrote that poem about being in love with a hedgehog! I loved that poem when I was little. And the one about the turkeys. I’ve always thought this guy is awesome.

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