Benjamin Zephaniah born in Handsworth, Birmingham. His poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica. Page One Books published his first book Pen Rhythm, when he was 22, and since then he has written 7 plays, 7 books for adults and 5 books for children, as well as performing his poetry, acting and presenting on radio, television and the stage. His plays include: Playing the Right Tune (1985), Job Rocking (1987), Delirium (1987), Streetwise (1990), Mickey Tekka (1991) Radio: Hurricane Dub won the BBC’s Young Playwright’s Award (1989) Our Teachers Gone Crazy (1990), TV: Dread Poets Society, BBC (1991). His poetry and novels include: Talking Turkeys (Puffin/Penguin), Funky Chickens (Puffin/Penguin), Wicked World (Puffin/Penguin), Face (Bloomsbury), Refugee Boy (Bloomsbury).
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