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Benjamin Zephaniah announces autobiographical theatre tour

PICTURED: Benjamin Zephaniah (Photo credit: SUSANNAH IRELAND/REX FEATURES)

INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah will hit the road in May for his first solo UK tour in eight years.

His shows start on May 6 at Bath Theatre Royal and will coincide with the publication of his autobiography, The Life And Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah, which is published by Simon and Schuster on May 3.

Tickets go on sale on Friday (17 November) priced £22 and £25 (London) and are available from venues.

Professor Zephaniah 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. The poet who is one of Britain’s most popular writers, and is widely acknowledged as the peoples’ laureate said: “I’m looking forward to being back on the road with my new show – The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah.

“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.”

See the tour dates below:

Bath Theatre Royal (May 6)
Southampton Turner Sims (May 12)
Bury St Edmunds The Apex (May 23)
Hove The Old Market (May 27), Lincoln Drill Hall (May 31)
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)
Manchester Royal Northern College of Music (June 23)

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