Literary trio enthral children

PUBLISHED: 16:21 03 May 2007 | UPDATED: 10:21 31 May 2010

Benjamin Zephaniah is surrounded by children wanting his autograph

Benjamin Zephaniah is surrounded by children wanting his autograph

PERFORMANCE poet Benjamin Zephaniah was one of three literary figures who captivated children at the Dame Bradbury School last week. Rastafarian Benjamin, who publicly rejected an OBE from the Queen in 2003 in protest at British foreign policy, enthralled

PERFORMANCE poet Benjamin Zephaniah was one of three literary figures who captivated children at the Dame Bradbury School last week.

Rastafarian Benjamin, who publicly rejected an OBE from the Queen in 2003 in protest at British foreign policy, enthralled the children at the school by reading his energetic poetry.

Marketing co-ordinator, Miranda McIntyre said: "Benjamin held pupils spellbound with his dramatic, witty poetry - about turkeys, dinosaurs, mother love and his little sister - and even made up a poem about ponies."

The children were also paid a visit by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, who worked together on the popular children's series of books The Edge Chronicles.

Ms McIntyre said: "It was Paul's inability to draw rabbits - they looked like potatoes, which led to him teaming up with illustrator Chris.

"Paul said how he had gone in search of adventure for material for his books and had learnt two valuable lessons: don't go mountain-climbing in flip-flops and stop walking before it gets dark!"

More than 70 parents and children attended the literary duo's talk, organised by Harts Bookshop.

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