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OBV Exclusive: Benjamin Zephaniah – thoughts of a poetic master

Operation Black Vote was delighted when one of the greatest living poets of our generation came into our offices and gave an interview with Richard Sudan.

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Part of Zephaniah’s greatness is in his humbleness. He came in stopped and talked to staff and posed for photos with a manner that quered, ‘are you sure you’d like your photo with me?

The interview is broken up into four segments: His journey into poetry; the political Zephaniah; the rise of the far right;  and the rejection of the Queen’s Honour.

This exclusive interview gives a wonderful insight to a man who’s words have in so many ways helped define a generation.

We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did putting it together.

Simon Woolley

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