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Benjamin Zephaniah: poet, author, activist, musician, radical thinker and friend of Nelson Mandela. Considering the Birmingham-born Rastafari left school at the age of 13 unable to read or write, he’s never let anything get in the way of his goals.

Now he is releasing autobiography The Life And Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah, which as well as being an amazing pun, is an in-depth account of his life from humble beginnings to his campaign for civil rights and his profession as one of Britain’s greatest poets. In promotion of the book, Zephaniah is touring the country to discuss his eventful upbringing and life live on stage, and will appear at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 9th June.

A pioneer for public and accessible poetry readings, audiences can expect live performance and readings from a selection of his favourite works spanning his almost forty year career, with assertive political views, off-the-wall tales, and some of the best poetry in the world today all present and correct.

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