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Benjamin Zephaniah

Remembering Storyhouse’s poet in residence.

We are deeply, deeply saddened by the news of the death of Benjamin Zephaniah, our cherished poet in residence and our friend.

Benjamin was an extraordinary human — kind, fierce, clever, funny and brave. Overflowing with vitality and energy, his storytelling laid bare social injustices, and celebrated community connections, leaving a lasting impact on countless lives. His deep affection for Storyhouse was evident in every visit, underscoring how his poems resonated with and transformed lives.

His poetry will always adorn our walls, his remarkable influence will endure. Today and always, we remember this incredible man and the multitude of lives he touched.

Rest in power, peace and in love Benjamin.


Poems are read my love
Sad songs are blue
Love songs are sweet my love
And all great art is true.

Benjamin Zephaniah