It includes poems written while working with Michael Mansfield QC and other Tooks barristers on the Stephen Lawrence case and other high profile political trials. Zephaniah is a poet who won't stay silent, who doesn't pull any punches, writing out of a sense of urgency and a commitment to social justice:
"The more I travel, the more I love Britain, and it is because I love the place that I fight for my rights here. It is probably one of the only places that could take an angry, illiterate, uneducated, ex-hustler, rebellious Rastafarian and give him the opportunity to represent his country."
Benjamin Zephaniah is an oral poet, novelist, playwright, children’s writer and reggae artist. Born in 1958 in Birmingham, he grew up in Jamaica and in Handsworth, where he was sent to an approved school for being uncontrollable, rebellious and ‘a born failure’, ending up in jail for burglary. After prison he turned from crime to music and poetry. In 1989 he was nominated for Oxford Professor of Poetry, and has since received honorary doctorates from several English universities, but famously refused to accept a nomination for an OBE in 2003. He has since published three collections with Bloodaxe, [i]City Psalms[/i] (1992), [i]Propa Propaganda[/i] (1996) and [i]Too Black, Too Strong[/i] (2001).