Internationally renowned poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah will hit the road in May 2018 for his first solo autobiographical UK tour in 8 years. His shows start on May 6 at Bath Theatre Royal and will coincide with the publication of his autobiography, The Life And Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah, which is published by Simon and Schuster on May 3.
Extraordinary career as poet, musician and writer
Born and raised in Handsworth, Birmingham, Zephaniah’s poetry was popular by the time he was 15 and he moved to London at the age of 22. Zephaniah was included in The Times list of Britain’s top 50 post-War writers in 2008 and his tireless campaigning has seen him share political stages. He is also an honorary patron of The Vegan Society and has received numerous honorary doctorates from British universities. “They say you’re supposed to mellow with age – but I haven’t”, he says. “If anything, I just seem to be getting more militant.”
A Life Less Ordinary
During his tour, Professor Zephaniah will be reflecting on his remarkable life, a life that included a close friendship with Nelson Mandela, a musical career that has included collaborations with Sinead O’Conner, and The Wailers, and his political campaigning. He said: “I’m looking forward to being back on the road with my new show – The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah. I wrote my autobiography gradually, over six years, and wanted it to be a social history of Britain. It charts the struggle for racial equality in Britain, how I connected our struggle to global events, my friendships with the great and the good, and the cool and the bad, and my life as a poet”.
Tickets are available to buy from venues now!
May 6 – Bath Theatre Royal
May 12 – Southampton Turner Sims
May 23 – Bury St Edmunds The Apex
May 27 – Hove The Old Market
May 31- Lincoln Drill Hall
June 1 – Milton Keynes Stables
June 2 – Norwich Playhouse
June 8 – Edinburgh Queen’s Hall
June 9 – Gateshead The Sage
June 10 – Nottingham Glee Club
June 14 – Shrewsbury Theatre Severn
June 15 – Birmingham Town Hall
June 16 – London Union Chapel
June 17 – Cardiff Glee Club
June 23 – Manchester Royal Northern College of Music
Written by Sonam Nundoochan and Edited by Alison Jane Reid