AFTER publicly rejecting an OBE in 2003 poet Benjamin Zephaniah shot to public prominence.
However the Handsworth born Rastafarian writer was well known before that among people that cared for his vibrant performance poetry, often focusing on issues that no-one else wanted to talk about.
As well as publish poetry Benjamin has also written novels, children’s books, plays and released six albums.
On June 5 he will be appearing at the Solihull Arts Complex, where he will talk about his life - including his friendship with Nelson Mandela, read extracts of his poetry and answer questions from the audience.
Tickets are going quickly and are available from the box office on 0121 704 6962.
Coming at Solihull Arts Complex sooner is The Generation Gap, a heart warming exploration of old age and the relationship between a grumpy octogenarian and his long-suffering grandson.
Reg, however, is a pensioner with a difference, being a near life-sized hand puppet controlled by two performers who play all the other characters. Tickets available from the box office priced at just £6.50.