Benjamin Zephaniah UK
His radical, musical verse has made him a household name on stage, television and radio.
One of the most potent voices to emerge from Britain’s vibrant African-Caribbean community, Benjamin Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham but his dub poetry is infused with the rhythms of Jamaica. Since publishing his first book in 1980, his mission to take his radical, musical verse to places poetry has never been has made him a household name on stage, television and radio.
The Times voted him one of Britain’s top 50 post-war writers but he refuses to be co-opted by the establishment and righteously turned down an OBE “because the word ’empire’ reminds me of slavery and brutality.”http://benjaminzephaniah.com