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Benjamin Zephaniah announces tour

By chief hack Ignatius Rake

Posted November 15, 2017
Benjamin Zephaniah announces tour
On tour: Benjamin Zephaniah t'other day. © Unknown; came with press release

Ace poet to kick off autobiographical UK theatre tour this coming May.



As regular readers of the Rake & Herald will be aware, we're quite partial to a spot of poetry, even the stuff Godfrey Hardcore writes.

Indeed, the ancient Celts deemed it to be the highest art form of all.

So, we were more than happy to learn that Benjamin Zephaniah, who describes himself on his website as a "poet, writer, lyricist, musician and naughty boy", will be hitting the road this coming May with his first solo UK tour in eight years.


BOOK TO BOOT
According to a press release we received in our in tray, the tour will kick off on May 6 at Bath Theatre Royal and coincide with the publication of his autobiography The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah, which is set to be published by Simon and Schuster three days prior.

During his shows, Zephaniah, the press release states, "will be reflecting on his remarkable life, a life that includes a close friendship with Nelson Mandela, a musical career that has included collaborations with Sinead O’Conner and The Wailers and his political campaigning".

"I'm looking forward to being back on the road with my new show, The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah," he says.

"I wrote my autobiography gradually over six years and wanted it to be a social history of Britain."

"It charts the struggle for racial equality in Britain, how I connected our struggle to global events, my friendships with the great and the good, and the cool and the bad, and oh yes, my life as a poet."

"I'll be sharing stories from the book when I'm on the road and look forward to visiting towns and cities across the UK in May and June 2018."

"They say you're supposed to mellow with age – but I haven't."

"If anything, I just seem to be getting more militant."


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TICKETS AND TOUR DATES
Tickets go on sale on this coming Friday (November 17) priced £22 (£25 in London, mind) and are available from applicable venues.

After kicking off in Bath, the tour will take in Southampton (Turner Sims, May 12); Bury St Edmunds (The Apex, May 23); Hove (The Old Market, May 27); and Lincoln (Drill Hall, May 31).

This will be followed by further gigs in Milton Keynes (Stables, June 1); Norwich (Playhouse, June 2); Edinburgh (Queen's Hall, June 8); Gateshead (The Sage, June 9); Nottingham (Glee Club, June 10); Shrewsbury (Theatre Severn, June 14); Birmingham (Town Hall, June 15); London (Union Chapel, June 16); Cardiff (Glee Club, June 17); and Manchester (Royal Northern College of Music, June 23).

Born and raised in Handsworth, Birmingham, Zephaniah in 2008 was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers.

Better still, he once shared a train from Brum to Cambridge with Byron, Keats and Shelley and his wife, not to mention Timothy Spall out of Auf Wiedesein Pet.

And if you don't believe me, watch this.

It's all true, you know.




See also Fuck it posted 7/12/15.


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Ignatius Rake is a journalist, geographer, artist, lyricist and life-long fortean who blew the lid on the 2017 Eden UFO hoax. His hobbies include sitting, eating and drinking. He has so far visited more than 70 countries on six continents. You can view some of his Dada-inspired art here.


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