Benjamin Zephaniah was one of the pioneers of the performance poetry scene in Britain. He has written poetry books for children, adults, and novels for teenagers. As well as writing plays for stage, radio, and television, he has managed to keep up a music career that has lasted over four decades. He was the first person to record with The Wailers after the death of Bob Marley in a musical tribute to his late friend Nelson Mandela.
He is also an actor and television presenter, and although he has turned down an OBE twice, he holds 17 honorary doctorates, is a visiting professor at Tongji University Shanghai, De Montfort University Leicester, and he is Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Brunel University.
On becoming our patron Benjamin said, ‘It is an honor for me to be associated with Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary. I love the fact they don’t offer sanctuary to just one species, but a whole array of animals, and every time I visit, I can see that everyone there really love the animals in their care.’ Benjamin, who is a proud vegan and advocate for animal rights went on to say, ‘I’m really impressed with the work they do at BFAS, and I want the world to know… They are compassionate, dedicated people, who we should all be supporting.’