RIP Benjamin Zephaniah

I had the honour of crossing paths with the wonderful Benjamin Zephaniah many times: in my work at Apples and Snakes, at schools performances, at Animal Aid’s Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre in Exeter, via Animals Asia Foundation, (to whom he was deeply committed) and at home – he came for tea once when he was in Devon. He viewed animal rights as central to his work and to wider social justice: a key part of his Rastafarian One Love commitment. He was a long-time vegan, publishing The Little Book of Vegan Poems (AK Press) in 2001, and his Luv Song (to a hedgehog friend in his garden) and Talkin’ Turkeys opened the hearts and minds of many young people. The mainstream media is brushing over all this, but we need to remember that kind and visionary man for who he fully was. RIP Benjamin Zephaniah. Thank you for the great good you did for all beings. Thank you for being you.


Heidi Stephenson


“Do what you can. Do the little, (or the big), things that make a difference you can see. The tangible stuff. Or take to the streets to do something for the future. Do anything. Just don’t give up. Don’t let them grind you down. Rise up all ye sisters and brothers who know better. Stand firm in the downturn.”

Benjamin Zephaniah

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By Heidi Stephenson

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2 Responses to RIP Benjamin Zephaniah

    1. You were so lucky to meet and work with him Heidi.
      What a beautiful soul, he did so much on so many fronts, highlighting many vital causes.
      Such a loss.
      And when you see how little our idiot, privileged politicians and royals do, when they could do so much with just a flick of a pen to ease the pain and suffering in people’s lives. Yet they never do. He put them to shame with his tireless love and campaigning. A true credit to this country and humanity.

      Comment by Claire on 10 December, 2023 at 6:15 am
    2. A beautiful soul indeed and a hard-working exemplar. And re-those upper crusties, Heathcote showed the true colour of their hearts in Royal Babylon, The Beast of Brexit etc. May the turning tide take them away.

      Comment by Heidi Stephenson on 13 December, 2023 at 12:25 pm

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