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Benjamin Zephaniah


(Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah)
UK flag (b.1958)

Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah is a British Rastafarian writer and dub poet. He is a well-known figure in contemporary English literature, and was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008.

Zephaniah has said that his mission is to fight the dead image of poetry in academia, and to "take [it] everywhere" to people who do not read books.

He turned down an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2003, writing in The Guardian, "I thought, OBE me? Up yours ..."
 
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Noughts and Crosses (2001)
(Noughts and Crosses, book 1)
Malorie Blackman
"Intelligent, emotional and imaginatively wicked."
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The Marlowe Papers (2012)
Ros Barber
"The best book I've read for a long time. Truly innovative, truly original, and a powerful poetic journey to another truth. Ros Barber has told a great story, in a fascinating way, so fascinating that she had someone like me gripped to the very end. This really is a joy to read and a true work of art."

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