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Benjamin Zephaniah : biography

15 April 1958 -

Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah (born 15 April 1958, Birmingham, England)Gregory, Andy (2002), International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002, Europa, p. 562. ISBN 1-85743-161-8. is an English writer, dub poet and Rastafarian. He was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008.

Acting roles

  • Didn't You Kill My Brother? (1987) - Rufus
  • Farendj (1989) - Moses
  • Dread Poets' Society (1992) (Andy Wilson)
  • Truth or Dairy (1994) - The Vegan Society (UK)
  • Crucial Tales (1996) - Richard's father
  • Making the Connection (2010) - Environment Films / The Vegan Society (UK)
  • Peaky Blinders

Discography

Albums

  • Rasta (1982) Upright (reissued 1989) Workers Playtime (UK Indie #22)Lazell, Barry (1997) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4
  • Us An Dem (1990) Island
  • Back to Roots (1995) Acid Jazz
  • Belly of De Beast (1996) Ariwa
  • Naked (2005) One Little Indian
  • Naked & Mixed-Up (2006) One Little Indian (Benjamin Zephaniah Vs. Rodney-P)

Singles, EPs

  • Dub Ranting EP (1982) Radical Wallpaper
  • "Big Boys Don't Make Girls Cry" 12-inch single (1984) Upright
  • "Free South Africa" (1986)
  • "Crisis" 12-inch single (1992) Workers Playtime

Guest appearances

  • "Empire" (1995) Bomb the Bass with Zephaniah & Sinéad O'Connor
  • Heading for the Door by Back to Base (2000) MPR Records
  • Open Wide (2004) Dubioza kolektiv (C) & (P) Gramofon
  • Rebel by Toddla T (2009) 1965 Records
  • "Illegal" (2000) from "Himawari" by Swayzak
  • Question Time (2012)

Books

Poetry

  • Pen Rhythm (1980)
  • The Dread Affair: Collected Poems (1985) Arena
  • City Psalms (1992) Bloodaxe Books
  • Inna Liverpool (1992) AK Press
  • Talking Turkeys (1995) Puffin Books
  • Propa Propaganda (1996) Bloodaxe Books
  • Funky Chickens (1997) Puffin
  • School's Out: Poems Not for School (1997) AK Press
  • Funky Turkeys (Audiobook) (1999) AB hntj
  • White Comedy (Unknown)
  • Wicked World! (2000) Puffin
  • Too Black, Too Strong (2001) Bloodaxe Books
  • The Little Book of Vegan Poems (2001) AK Press
  • Reggae Head (Audiobook) 57 Productions

Novels

  • Face (1999) Bloomsbury (published in children's and adult editions)
  • Refugee Boy (2001) Bloomsbury
  • Gangsta Rap (2004) Bloomsbury
  • Teacher's Dead (2007) Bloomsbury

Children's books

  • We are Britain (2002) Frances Lincoln
  • Primary Rhyming Dictionary (2004) Chambers Harrap
  • J is for Jamaica (2006) Frances Lincoln
  • My Story (2011), Collins
  • When I Grow Up (2011), Frances Lincoln

Other

  • Kung Fu Trip (2011), Bloomsbury

Views

Zephaniah is an honorary patron of The Vegan Society, Viva! (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals), EVOLVE! Campaigns, the anti-racism organisation Newham Monitoring Project with whom he made a video in 2012 about the impact of Olympic policing on black communities, Tower Hamlets Summer University and is an animal rights advocate. In 2004 he wrote the foreword to Keith Mann's book From Dusk 'til Dawn: An insider's view of the growth of the Animal Liberation Movement, a book about the Animal Liberation Front. In August 2007, he announced that he would be launching the Animal Liberation Project, alongside People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He became a vegan when he read poems about "shimmering fish floating in an underwater paradise, and birds flying free in the clear blue sky".

Living octopus

Living octopus

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