Benjamin Zephaniah

Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham, England. His poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls ‘street politics’. His first real public performance was in church when he was 10 years old, and since then he has become one of Britain’s best known poets.

Benjamin Zephaniah reads Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Benjamin Zephaniah reads ‘Do Not Go Gentle…’
Benjamin Zephaniah performs Rong Radio Station
Rong Radio Station
Interview with Benjamin Zephaniah
Interview with Benjamin Zephaniah





‘Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night’ is Dylan Thomas’s famous poem regarding themes of life, vitality and death. It was written for his dying father; just two years before Thomas’ own untimely death aged just 39.

Benjamin Zephaniah’s ‘Rong Radio Station’ explores issues of racism, nation and identity and how they are presented to us in the media.

Writing resources – Benjamin Zephaniah and Dylan Thomas