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[27 Feb 2006|11:53am]

nice Benjamin Zephaniah photographs by Cambridge Jones
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[07 Dec 2005|06:28pm]

[ mood | okay ]

I've been in touch with Benjamin for years, from when I did a fanzine interview with him ages and ages ago. Anyway, I spoke to him this evening, and he's looking for a female bass player who can do backing vocals and who will be willing to take the spotlight front of stage alongside him and work on recordings. Age irrelevent, enthusiasm much more important. I know this community is new, but if anyone knows where the word can be spread... Not really sure of the best way to contact him as he doesn't do email, but I guess you can give me links and I'll send them on or something?

Toodle oo : )

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[22 Nov 2005|09:34pm]

Benjamin really does some great stuff. I feel like I'd like to write to him just to tell him how I admire him but I feel like my opinion wouldn't count as I'm white and middle class.
I'm hoping to write a bit of a multicultural British prose paper on him and Zadie Smith's White Teeth.
I'd want to use one of his novels if I could but I can't think which would be best. I thought Face or particularly Refugee Boy might work.

benjamin zephaniah photos I promised to post, only three or four at the moment!Collapse )
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[17 Oct 2005|04:02pm]

does anyone like his novels? I adored Face, I thought it was excellent and Refugee Boy was really hard hitting but I didn't like Gangsta Rap as much, it was a good novel with interesting characters but I felt personally that it was based too much on a rap group that I have personal reasons for disliking so it made me a little uncomfortable.
I love the man's poetry though! I went to see him do an open evening where he talked about his life, his work and his writings, he was fantastic. I took a few photos, if anyone wants to see them, I shall post them at a later time! I was a bit disappointed that I couldn't stay to get him to sign a book or two but my mum wanted to go home :(

I have a little poster in my room, it has a photo of Benjamin and he's advertising the British Dsylexia Association. The caption is "he finds it difficult to cope with the word, but it's never stopped his voice being heard" - Benjamin Zephaniah, one of Britain's leading poets. Dyslexic.

I love seeing him on telly, I thought the whole controversy over the OBE was just funny. He made a really good programme later on that was shown on BBC2 about empire/slavery/race/culture in Britain nowadays and how his upbringing affects his work.
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Welcome!! [09 Oct 2005|12:51pm]

Hi and welcome to the community! Here you can talk about all things Benjamin Zephaniah related. His latest cause, the last book or poem you read of his. I usually HATE poetry, but occasionally I find a really good poet and then just fall in love with them. If you're here I assume it's because you love Zephaniah's work too =)
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