To Do Wid Me: Benjamin Zephaniah Live and Direct
Published by Bloodaxe Books
To Do Wid Me is a film portrait of Benjamin Zephaniah by Pamela Robertson-Pearce.
This film shows Zephaniah performing his poetry for different audiences and talking about his work, life, beliefs and much else. You see him live on stage at Ledbury Poetry Festival, Newcastle's Live Theatre, Hexham's Queen's Hall and Brunel University, and engaging with school children at Keats House in London, where he was writer-in-residence. As well as the main film, the DVD also has a bonus feature: music videos made by Zephaniah with the Beta Brothers.
The book supplements the film and includes the texts of all the poems and songs from the film and videos.
'Zephaniah’s example challenges us to take living more seriously, and to question whether our words and actions and politics are truly aligned as they should be. And needless to say, for a type of poetry that so emphasizes the physicality of language, film/video is the ideal medium ... it includes different versions of many poems, updated to reflect how they have evolved as he continues to perform them on stage.' - Dave Bonta
Benjamin Zephaniah's has published three collections with Bloodaxe, City Psalms (1992), Propa Propaganda (1996) and Too Black Too Strong (2001), the latter including poems written while working with Michael Mansfield QC and other Tooks barristers on the Stephen Lawrence case. He is best known for his performance poetry with a political edge for adults and is currently chair in Creative Writing at Brunel University in West London.