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Benjamin Zephaniah

British poet, Benjamin Zephaniah.

Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah is an English writer, musician and dub poet. He is a well-known figure in contemporary English literature, and was included in The Times list of Britain’s top 50 post-war writers in 2008. Born in the Handsworth district of Birmingham which he called the Jamaican capital of Europe. He’s father was a Barbadian postman and his mother was a Jamaican nurse. Benjamin was a Dyslexic and attended an approved school but later left school at the age of 13 unable to read or write. His poetry is strongly influenced by Jamaican music and poetry and what he calls “street politics”. Read more at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Zephaniah