Summer Series: Benjamin Zephaniah, 4th August at 7.30pm
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In the fifth of our weekly Summer Series webinars Benjamin Zephaniah will be in conversation with Rajan Datar. In this webinar Benjamin will be talking about his remarkable journey from leaving school at 13 years old to becoming one of the most respected poets of his generation. He will discuss his work in highlighting and exposing ongoing racial injustice and the challenges facing black communities here in the UK and around the world, and will juxtapose this with his vision and hope for a better, stronger and more positive society.
Born and raised in Handsworth, Birmingham, Benjamin is one of the most influential and ground-breaking modern-day poets. Influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica from an early age, and with a self-professed mission to fight the dead image of poetry in academia, he injected new life into the British poetry scene with his politically charged and ground-breaking spoken-word performances. As a poet and author, Benjamin has enjoyed enormous success, receiving Honourary Doctorates from 7 universities, and being listed in the The Times’ list of 50 Greatest Postwar writers.
Benjamin will be in conversation with BBC television journalist and presenter, Rajan Datar.