The Life and Times of Benjamin Zephaniah

It’s been eight years since Benjamin Zephaniah last hit the road. But the publication in May of his autobiography, The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah, will coincide with an 18-date national tour.

Britain’s best-loved performance poet will share stories from his remarkable life.

He befriended Nelson Mandela, fought in the 1980s race riots and recorded radical and relevant reggae music with Bob Marley’s former band. Benjamin Zephaniah was unable to read and write at school but became one of Britain’s most remarkable poets.

In a compelling and inspiring show, Zephaniah will explain how he fought injustice and discrimination to lead a remarkable life, while sharing a selection of favourite stories and poems.

Zephaniah said: “I’m looking forward to being back on the road with The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah. They say you mellow with age, but, if anything, I’m angrier than I’ve ever been. There is still injustice, there is still hate, there is still intolerance. The Life and Rhymes book and tour are about the race riots, the struggle to free Mandela, my career as a writer and poet and much more. It charts my course through a changing political and cultural landscape. I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces on the road.”

• Signed copies of Benjamin Zephaniah’s autobiography will be available at venues on tour.

Twitter: @BZephaniah

May 6 - Bath Theatre Royal

7.30pm

http://www.theatreroyal.org.uk/page/3028/The-Life-and-Rhymes-of-Benjamin-Zephaniah/1618
Box Office: 01225 448844
Tickets - £22 (£20 concessions)
Twitter: @TheatreRBath

May 12 - Southampton Turner Sims

8pm

https://www.turnersims.co.uk/events/benjamin-zephaniah/
Box Office: 023 8059 5151
Tickets - £22 - £19.80
Twitter: @TurnerSims

May 20 – Liverpool Philharmonic – 1700

7.30pm

http://www.liverpoolphil.com
Box Office: 0151 709 3789
Tickets: £22
Twitter: @LiverpoolPhil

May 23 - Bury St Eds Apex

7.30pm

http://www.theapex.co.uk
Box office: 01284 758000
Tickets: £22
Twitter: @TheApexVenue

May 27 – Hove The Old Market

7.30pm

http://theoldmarket.com/shows/life-rhymes-benjamin-zephaniah/
Box office: 01273 201801
Tickets: £22 (£20 concessions)
Twitter: @TOMVenue

May 31 – Lincoln Drill Hall

7.30pm

https://www.lincolndrillhall.com/shows/benjamin-zephaniah/
Box office: 01522 873894
Tickets: £12-£22
Twitter: @LincDrillHall

June 1 - Milton Keynes Stables

8pm

https://stables.org/event/the-life-rhymes-of-benjamin-zephaniah
Box office: 01908 280800
Tickets: £22
Twitter: @StablesMK

June 2 - Norwich Playhouse

8pm

http://www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/detail/benjamin-zephaniah
Box office: 01603 612580
£22 (£20 concessions)
Twitter: @NorwichPlay

June 8 - Edinburgh Queens Hall

7.30pm

http://www.thequeenshall.net/whats-on/shows/the-life-and-rhymes-of-benjamin-zephaniah-2018
Box office: 0131 668 2019
£22 (£20 concessions)
Twitter: @Queens_Hall

June 9 - Gateshead Sage

8pm

http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/benjamin-zephaniah/
Box office: 0191 443 4666
£24
Twitter: @Sage_Gateshead

June 10 - Nottingham Glee Club

8pm

https://www.glee.co.uk/performer/benjamin-zephaniah/#show-list
Box Office: 0871 472 0400
£22
Twitter: @TheGleeClub

June 14 - Shrewsbury Theatre Severn

8pm

https://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/benjamin-zephaniah/
Box Office: 01743 281281
£23.50 (£21.50 concessions)
Twitter: @TheatreSevern

June 15 - Birmingham Town Hall

7.30pm

https://www.thsh.co.uk/event/the-life-rhymes-of-benjamin-zephaniah
Box office: 0121 780 3333
£25
Twitter: @THSHBirmingham

June 16 - London Union Chapel

8pm

https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-life-and-rhymes-of-benjamin-zephaniah/union-chapel/1174866
£25
Twitter: @UnionChapelUK

June 17 - Cardiff Glee Club

8pm

https://www.glee.co.uk/performer/benjamin-zephaniah/#show-list
Box Office: 0871 472 0400
£22
Twitter: @GleeCardiff

June 23 - Manchester Royal Northern College of Music

8pm

https://www.rncm.ac.uk/
Box Office: 0161 907 5555
£22
Twitter: @RNCMVoice

June 26 - Leicester The Curve

7pm

http://www.curveonline.co.uk/

Box Office: 0116 242 3595

£22, £21, £20

Twitter: @CurveLeicester