TBB Talks to … Legendary Poet& Author Dr Benjamain Zephaniah


Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah is one of our most iconic performance poets. As a musician, poet and author Zephaniah is renowned for his tales of the black experience from struggle to history to music to culture.

A pioneer of Dub Poetry Zephaniah has rubbed shoulders with black icons Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela and more.

The South Bank Show returned for a new series and will feature Zephaniah in conversation with the host Melvyn Bragg about his life and work, and reveals how his troubled youth inspired him to channel his energies into poetry – and how, in his words, poetry saved his life. He also performs a selection of his poems, exclusively for the South Bank

Zephaniah also has a new book ‘The Windrush Child’ described as a heart-stopping adventure based on real historical events.

Lastly Zephaniah has hosted the first ever Spoken Word sTV show, Life & Rhymes for Sky Arts.

TBB spoke to Zephaniah about his latest projects …

The South Bank Show with Benjamin Zephaniah airs on Sky Arts this Sunday 6 December, 22:45 find out more here.