Benjamin Zephaniah

Sunday 5th May 2019, 6:00pm, Queen's Hall, Hexham

COGITO FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT - From the huge range of wonderful events at this year's Hexham Book Festival, we've picked out a selection that we're particularly looking forward to. We have also reviewed a number of the books associated with these events in our Recommendations pages.

We'll have our book filled stall at all of the events, but if you would like to get a head start on your festival reading, we've already got many of the authors' books in the bookshop. Copies of the full programme of events are available to pick up in Cogito, or alternatively look online at the Hexham Book Festival website


Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah has said that he ‘lives in two places, Britain and the world’. Today one of our best-loved performance poets, his life began unpromisingly for such a prominent literary figure. A dyslexic who left school unable to properly read and write; a black British Brummie whose teenage years of petty crime culminated in a prison spell, Zephaniah would go on to befriend Nelson Mandela, fight in the 1980s race riots, record radical and relevant reggae music with Bob Marley’s former band, live in Beijing and appear as Jeremiah Jesus in the hot TV show Peaky Blinders. In a compelling, funny and inspiring book, he explains how he fought injustice and discrimination to end up being offered - and rejecting - an OBE and shares a selection of favourite stories and poems.

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