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Benjamin Zephaniah Announces Tour

November 2, 2017 in EH Spy
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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”.

Tour Dates

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

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