The Life And Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah

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0120180430

Benjamin Zephaniah reads his autobiography, beginning with his Birmingham childhood.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

Benjamin Zephaniah reads his autobiography, beginning with his childhood growing up in Birmingham. It was a childhood coloured with love and violence, but it was also where his love of poetry first evolved - and his relationship with his parents went in two very different directions.

Written and read by Benjamin Zephaniah
Abridged by Sara Davies
Producer: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

0220180501

Benjamin Zephaniah reads his autobiography. Growing up in Birmingham he learned to hustle.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

Benjamin Zephaniah reads his autobiography. Growing up in Birmingham with a violent father and a loving mother, Benjamin, now a teenager, escapes the family home with his mother and starts a new life.

Church becomes an even greater part of their lives but it's not long before he finds himself on the wrong side of the law.

Written and read by Benjamin Zephaniah
Abridged by Sara Davies
Producer: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

0320180502

Benjamin Zephaniah reads his autobiography. His passion for poetry and politics grows.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

Benjamin Zephaniah reads his autobiography. The seeds of his passion for poetry and politics begin to grow.

Having spent much of his teens on the wrong side of the law and with time in approved school and borstal, Benjamin realises quickly there is more to life than this. Always interested in politics and religion, he finds Rastafari and quickly recognises that it enables him to explore both.

Written and read by Benjamin Zephaniah
Abridged by Sara Davies
Producer: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

0420180503

Benjamin Zephaniah reads his autobiography. The poet and political activist meet.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

Benjamin Zephaniah reads his autobiography. No longer content in Birmingham, he moves to London, where he finds himself culturally, religiously and politically inspired.

Rastafari has opened his eyes to his ability to be both religiously and politically aware, and his writing is being recognised as he begins to perform his poetry in pubs against a backdrop of racial tension brewing in cities across England.

Written and read by Benjamin Zephaniah
Abridged by Sara Davies
Producer: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

0520180504

Benjamin Zephaniah reads his autobiography. A poet yes, but a parent not to be.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

Benjamin Zephaniah reads his autobiography. As the writer flourishes, the man, now a husband, suffers at the cruel hands of infertility.

Desperate to have a child and be a father, Benjamin and his wife embark on IVF but, as his career flies, his belief in his ability to conceive comes to an end. That pain will never leave him but he decides to take on the taboo and talk about it in his poems and his writings, opening the doors for other people's pain to be understood.

Written and read by Benjamin Zephaniah
Abridged by Sara Davies
Producer: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LAST20180504

Benjamin Zephaniah reads his autobiography. A poet yes, but a parent not to be.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

Benjamin Zephaniah reads his autobiography. As the writer flourishes, the man, now a husband, suffers at the cruel hands of infertility.

Desperate to have a child and be a father, Benjamin and his wife embark on IVF but, as his career flies, his belief in his ability to conceive comes to an end. That pain will never leave him but he decides to take on the taboo and talk about it in his poems and his writings, opening the doors for other people's pain to be understood.

Written and read by Benjamin Zephaniah
Abridged by Sara Davies
Producer: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.