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A Tribute to Benjamin Zephaniah: Raymond Antrobus in conversation with Shalini Sengupta

Thursday 25 April 2024, 19:00 - 20:00
Culture Lab, Newcastle University

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‘This planet is for everyone, borders are for no one. It’s all about freedom.’ Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah: poet, author, activist who inspired millions with his words, died suddenly in December 2023 at age 65. Join us as we welcome award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus for a very special evening to celebrate Zephaniah’s life, impact and his legacy, and to hear poems by both writers read by Raymond Antrobus. We will also be celebrating the publication of Antrobus’ new children’s book Terrible Horses (Walker Books, 2024), which was sparked by Benjamin Zephaniah’s own work.

Raymond Antrobus MBE FRSL is the multi award-winning author of Shapes & Disfigurements (Burning Eye, 2012), To Sweeten Bitter (Out-Spoken Press, 2017), The Perseverance (Penned in the Margins/Tin House, 2018), All The Names Given (Picador/Tin House, 2021) and Signs, Music (Picador/Tin House, 2024). His debut children’s picture book Can Bear’s Ski? (Walker Books, 2021) was selected as an Ezra Jack Keats honouree, and received a Read For Empathy Collection Award.

Shalini Sengupta is a lecturer in Diasporic and/or Black British Literatures at Newcastle University.

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Photograph: Raymond Antrobus © Dirk Skiba