Zephaniah, Benjamin

About Benjamin Zephaniah

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Biography (British Council)



Hoyt, Heather M. "Refugee Boy." Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, vol. 48, no. 1, 1 Sep. 2004

Dawes, Kwame. "Benjamin Zephaniah Too Black, Too Strong." World Literature Today, vol. 76, no. 2, 2002



Griffin, Mary. "Benjamin Zephaniah: 'All the Books Have to Change. The Way We Educate Has to Change.'" Lacuna Magazine, 20 Mar. 2018

Reid, Graham. "Benjamin Zephaniah Interviewed (2000): The People's Poet Laureate." Elsewhere, 6 Dec. 2010

Bennett, Weyman, and Judith Orr. "Benjamin Zephaniah: Rhythms of Radical Culture." Socialist Review, Jun. 2008

Hussain, Ahmede. "In Conversation with Benjamin Zephaniah." Black and Gray, 22 Jan. 2007

Mahamdallie, Hassan. "Rage of Empire." Socialist Review, Jan. 2004



Habib, Sadia. "Refugee Boy: The Social and Emotional Impact of the Shared Experience of a Contemporary Class Novel." Changing English: An International Journal of English Teaching, vol. 15, no. 1, 15 Mar. 2008

Volkmann, Laurenz. "The Quest for Identity in Benjamin Zephaniah's Poetry." Embracing the Other: Addressing Xenophobia in the New Literatures in English, Mohr (ed.), 2008                

Middleton, Darren J.N. "Riddim Wise and Scripture Smart: Interview and Interpretation with Ras Benjamin Zephaniah." Religion, Culture, and Tradition in the Caribbean, Gossai and Murrell (eds.), 2000



Autobiography/Life Writing

The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah (2018)

Benjamin Zephaniah: My Story (2011)



Terror Kid (2014)

Teacher's Dead (2007)

Gangsta Rap (2004)

Refugee Boy (2001)


Children's Books

When I Grow Up (2011)

J is for Jamaica (2006)

Chambers Primary Rhyming Dictionary (2004)

We Are Britain! (2002)

Face (1999)


Poetry Collections

Too Black, Too Strong (2001)

The Little Book of Vegan Poems (2001)

Wicked World! (2000)

School's Out: Poems Not for School (1997)

Funky Chickens (1996)

Propa Propaganda (1996)

Talking Turkeys (1995)

City Psalms (1992)

Inna Liverpool (1992)

CIty Psalms (1992)

The Dread Affair: Collected Poems (1985)

Pen Rhythm (1980)


Plays/ Scripts

Face (2008)

Listen to Your Parents (2007)



'Me? I Thought, OBE me? Up Yours, I Thought' (2003)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Benjamin Zephaniah: A Poet Called Benjamin Part 1. YouTube, 7 Nov. 2008

Benjamin Zephaniah : A Poet Called Benjamin Part 2. YouTube, 7 Nov. 2008

Benjamin Zephaniah: A Poet Called Benjamin Part 3. YouTube, 7 Nov. 2008

Benjamin Zephaniah : A Poet Called Benjamin. Part 4. YouTube, 7 Nov. 2008

McNay, Iain. Benjamin Zephaniah : A Poet Called Benjamin Part 5. YouTube, 7 Nov. 2008

McNay, Iain. Benjamin Zephaniah: A Poet Called Benjamin Part 6. YouTube, 7 Nov. 2008