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.