“Benjamin loved Liverpool and Liverpool loved him” 

Writing on the Wall pay tribute to our, beloved friend Benjamin Zephaniah, an extraordinary award-winning poet, lyricist, musician, and revolutionary.

Benjamin first came to WoW in 2007 when he appeared alongside Levi Tafari and Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze in a celebration of Dub poetry called ‘Inna Liverpool with Friends’. He remained a friend of the festival, delivering an unforgettable ‘Rebel Rant’ in St George’s Hall Concert Room, bringing his band The Revolutionary Minds to District to be part of WoW’s Black History Month celebrations, and he launched his autobiography with us at the Philharmonic Hall.

“Benjamin has been my friend since in the mid-1980’s. I know how much it meant to him when he was offered a year-long residency in Liverpool following a smear campaign by the S*n Newspaper. Liverpool was a special place to him and I know he will be mourned across the city. Benjamin was often described as the ‘People’s Poet’ and he certainly was that. He was never compromised on his principals, and he was a champion of the oppressed. Though he has left us far too soon he achieved so much. The legacy he leaves is immeasurable.” Madeline Heneghan, Writing on the Wall Co-Director