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Transcript of Benjamin Zephaniah
by andrea, iñaki, josé and Marina
YOU ARE THE POET NOW!
Now, you are the poet! For this activity, you will need to be in groups of 3 or 4, and you have to write a short poem about education. Free style is allowed.
Second half of the 50s
WWII had already ended
Great Britain lost several territories such as the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Harold Macmillan is the Prime Minister, after Anthony Eden resigned in 1957
1958 - UK/US Mutual Defense Agreement
Bilateral treaty on nuclear weapons cooperation.
Signed after UK succesfully tested its first hydrogen bomb.
Treaty renewed every 10 years, most recently on December 31st 2014
Margaret Thatcher´s role:
Prime Minister between 1979 and 1990.
Called the "Iron Lady".
Implented policies known as "Thatcherism".
April 2nd 1982, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. This creates a conflict between both countries.
The "Falklands Factor" and the economic prosperity, bolstered the government´s popularity.
Other important events: the Miners´ strike
Great Britain fought for the colonies because:
Fronts were in the colonies.
Great Britain lost its standing.
Colonies were resourceful.
The colonial soldiers were included in the army.
Japan´s power in Asia meant a victory for European Colonialism.
Great Britain was weak after WWI.
Atlantic Charter signed by Churchill and Roosevelt.
"If you didn´t have troublemakers, most women wouldn´t have the right to vote, a black person wouldn´t be talking to a white person, I´d be probably back in slavery.
We need troublemakers to challenge the establishment.
And I want to be one of those people who challenge the establishment."
Decolonisation process after WWII
Before 1958: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Ghana.
After 1958: Somalia, Cameroon, Tanzania, South Africa, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Zambia, Malta, Barbados.
Other small territories until 1997.
Born in 1958 in Birmingham, "Jamaican capital of Europe".
Son of a Barbadian postman and a Jamaican nurse.
His first performance was in a church.
Prison sentence for burglary.
Start of his artistic career:
Decided to expand his audience, so he moved to London at the age of twenty-two.
Workers co-operative in Stratford, which led to the publication of his first poetry book in 1980.
His mission is to fight the dead of poetry in academia and to "take (it) everywhere" to people who do not read books.
Concert like performances.
In 2008, he began dividing his time between Beijing and a village near Spalding, Lincolnshire.
Married for twelve years with Amina, a theatre administrator, whom he divorced in 2001.
In 2011, Zephaniah accepted a year-long position as a poet in residence at Keats House in Hampstead, London.
Former supporter of Aston Villa F.C and the patron for an Aston Villa supporters´ website.
He has also written: plays, films, songs and music albums
Introduced to Nelson Mandela.
In 1996, Mandela requested that Zephaniah host the president´s Two Nations Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
men of England
Too proud to cry for
Let's cry a sea
Babylon the bandit
And the cool
Will not keep
men of England
How great is
Out to get
The power is
sos (save our sons)
• Pen Rhythm (1980)
• The Dread Affair: Collected Poems (1985)
• City Psalms (1992)
• Inna Liverpool (1992)
• Talking Turkeys (1995)
• Propa Propaganda (1996)
• Funky Chickens (1997)
• School's Out: Poems Not for School (1997)
• Funky Turkeys (audiobook) (1999)
• White Comedy
• Wicked World! (2000)
• Too Black, Too Strong (2001)
• The Little Book of Vegan Poems (2001)
• Reggae Head (audiobook)
• Face (1999)
• Refugee Boy (2001)
• Gangsta Rap (2004)
• Teacher's Dead (2007)
Terror Kid (2014)
• We are Britain (2002)
• Primary Rhyming Dictionary (2004)
• J is for Jamaica (2006)
• My Story (2011)
• When I Grow Up (2011)
FOR MORE INFORMATION!
Visit the official Benjamin Zephaniah web: http://benjaminzephaniah.com/
Follow him in twitter: https://twitter.com/BZephaniah
With Maya angelou, may 28th 2014
men of England
Excel as if in
Because some people
Want to see
men of England
Look the mirror in the
As proud sons of
Name any territory lost by Great Britain after WWII
Which was his first book?
When was he born?
Where are his parents from?