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Pupils at Aldridge School Pay Tribute to Legendary Author, Poet and Actor Benjamin Zephaniah

Pupils at Aldridge school are saddened by the passing of the much-admired Birmingham legend, Benjamin Zephaniah.

Aldridge students have been remembering the famous author and poet by borrowing his books from the school library, discussing his legacy, and reading his poems during library lessons.

Pupils described Benjamin Zephaniah as their hero. W Harding, Year 7 pupil, commented, “he helped us develop a love for poetry through his hilarious Dub Poems”.

Another Year 7 pupil, Oliver T, said, “Reciting poems from Benjamin Zephaniah’s ‘Funky Chickens’ and ‘Talking Turkeys’ books, has brought back fond memories from primary school.”

The students agreed that Zephaniah’s great sense of humour; love for animals, and the important themes of racism, poverty and social injustice covered in his works, makes him a massive inspiration.

You can find out more about Benjamin Zephaniah on his website: