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Week 10 - wb 29th June

For your extra challenge this week, we would like you to write your own poem based on the poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah. 


Benjamin has always fought for fairness and justice for all people through his poetry and in response to the Black Lives Matter protests he agreed to read his poem 'People will always need people' on the BBC One Show.

People Will Always Need People

A beautiful, simple poem for the current situation by Benjamin Zephaniah first aired on the BBC One Show 5 the June 2020

Here are some facts about him:


  • Benjamin Zephaniah is a British poet and writer. In 2008, he was voted one of Britain’s top 50 post World War 2 writers, in a poll by the Times newspaper.


  • Benjamin Zephaniah was born in Birmingham in April, 1958, the son of Caribbean immigrants. He was dyslexic, and left school at 13, as he couldn’t read or write.


  • His poetry is influenced by the street culture of Jamaica. His first performance was at age 10, and by 15, he was quite well known in and around Birmingham.

Benjamin struggled in school but he didn't give up. He is proof that anyone, despite the adversity they may be facing, can use their passion and their drive to educate people, change opinions and even change the world!


Now that you've listened to Benjamin's poem, can you create one of your own? Think about all of the reasons why people need each other and all of the things that we do together. What makes your relationships special? How are people important to you?


Below is a template that you can use to write your poem. We would really love to see your ideas!