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I really loved Martin´s story and his days in the hospital and the friend he made there reminded me a lot of when I was hospitalized and the friend I made at the clinic <3 Then there is Benjamin Zephaniah the children’s poet. His first book of poetry for children called Talking Turkeys had to go into an emergency reprint after just 6 weeks, no one could foresee how popular the book would be, it went to the top of the children’s book list and stayed there for months. At first he was not keen on publishing a book for children believing that there was just poetry, not children’s poetry or adult’s poetry, but he was soon convinced that young people did appreciate the fact that he was not afraid to write about the real world where there are bullies, guns, racism and war. Being a passionate vegan he writes a lot about animals but these animals are not all smiley, happy creatures, some may just be waiting for slaughter or losing their habitat, and of course some may be having fun. Then seemingly from nowhere, in 1999 he wrote a groundbreaking novel for teenagers. ‘Face’ the first of four novels to date, proved that teenage boys would read if they have access to books that they can relate to. Zephaniah writes gritty, realistic novels about the lives of teenagers, these novels are directed to adults as much as they are to teenagers. He believes that for the most part teenagers know what they are going through, but adults need reminding, they have short memories. Haven Distribution aims to provide practical support to prisoners within the UK by purchasing educational literature for inmates who are currently attending courses whilst in prison. Providing dictionaries in English and other languages to inmates whose first language is not English, and providing large print dictionaries and books on improving reading and writing skills to inmates with dyslexia. They help prisoners attending educational courses such as NVQ, Open University, A Level, etc., and help in the purchasing specific course literature.

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In the nineties his book publications, record releases and television appearances increased in Britain, although he has concentrated on performing outside Europe. He feels at home anywhere the oral tradition is still strong and lists South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Pakistan and Colombia as some of his most memorable tours. In fact life has been one long tour but this is the only way the oral tradition can live. Over a 22-day period in 1991 he performed on every continent on this planet. I did like his friends from after the accident the Jamaican sisters and Anthony. I thought that they were interesting and unique characters and I would have loved to learn more about them. Does your organisation fully understand the barriers to employment and customer service for people with disabilities? Would your organisation know how to remove them? Wave-length CIC engages with individuals to understand society’s barriers and supports employers and service providers in providing solutions to remove them. We don’t simply lecture, inform or present , we share, debate and provide the ‘have you thought of?’ in a variety of fresh and revolutionary ways. Remembering always that it is not an ‘Act’ that changes people lives, it’s the way that ‘people act’ that achieves that. Wave-lengths aim is to Disable Disability. Martin thinks he has his life sorted. He is good looking, funny and the undisputed leader of the gang of three. Until one night he accepts a ride home in a stolen car, and the police give chase. What happens next will change Martin inside and out. Because for some people, life is only skin deep…Zephaniah, Benjamin. "'Me? I thought, OBE me? Up yours, I thought'", The Guardian, 27 November 2003. The Prison Phoenix Trust encourages prisoners in the development of their spiritual welfare, through the practices of meditation and yoga, working with silence and the breath. They offer personal support to prisoners around the UK and the Republic of Ireland through teaching, workshops, correspondence, books and newsletters – and to prison staff too. They work with people of any faith, or of none, and honour all religions.

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At this point Martin knew something terrible had happened to his face. His heart pounded in his chest. He shifted his eyes to the left and saw his father standing over him. What happens next will change Martin's life and looks, and show him the true meaning of strength, courage, discrimination and friendship.Honorary Patrons". Vegansociety.com. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011 . Retrieved 10 May 2011. A young girls football team that were seeking sponsorship from publishers or willing companies, none were forthcoming, but then Benjamin Zephaniah stepped in. Our shirt reads, ‘Poetry in Motion, by Benjamin Zephaniah.’ Aston Hall 1". Antiques Roadshow. Series 44. Episode 4. 7 November 2021. BC Television . Retrieved 11 November 2021. Sagir, Ceren (12 May 2019). "Thousands in London call for an end to Israeli occupation of Palestine". Morning Star . Retrieved 14 July 2020.

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It’s just a little too shaky in places, and whilst there aren’t any overt mistakes in terms of grammar and punctuation, I did occasionally find myself being jerked out of the story when somebody behaved strangely or said something unusual. You could tell it was purely for the sake of advancing the moral. And then there was the part where Zephaniah said it was a Friday, and in the following scene it was “the next day” and still Friday, somehow. Perry, Kevin (7 March 2006). "Benjamin Zephaniah interview about Naked". London: The Beaver . Retrieved 29 September 2010. Zephaniah's family were Christian but he became a Rastafari at a young age. [60] [61] He gave up smoking cannabis in his thirties. [62]

Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham, England. He cannot remember a time when he was not creating poetry but this had nothing to do with school where poetry meant very little to him, in fact he had finished full time education at the age of 13. His poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls ‘street politics’. His first real public performance was in church when he was 10 years old, by the time he was 15 he had developed a strong following in his home town of Handsworth where he had gained a reputation as a young poet who was capable of speaking on local and international issues. Benjamin Zephaniah on Learning Mandarin Chinese (Podcast)". ImLearningMandarin.com. 12 November 2021 . Retrieved 5 March 2022. Bankes, Ariane (8 January 2018). "Why we need to free art by prisoners from behind bars". Apollo Magazine . Retrieved 31 January 2019. The first problem I had was with Martin and his two friends called Matthew and Mark, it took me until the accident to be able to differentiate between the two of them and at that point they became much small characters. While they seemed like they could have been more interesting it also seemed as though they were assigned one character trait and that was the whole basis of who they were. Little depth was given to them.

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