BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH visited Ealing Central Library on Sunday to discuss his new book with members of the Writing, Acting and Publishing Project for Youngsters (WAPPY).

The Rastafarian poet and author fielded questions from WAPPY members, as well as signing copies of the book, Terror Kid, as part of Black History Month.

Fifteen WAPPY members took centre stage to quiz Mr Zephaniah about his writing and inspiration, as well as his politics and faith.

Ealing councillor Patricia Walker was in attendance and spoke highly of both the children and Mr Zephaniah.

“It was such an honour to host him (Zephaniah) in Ealing and I wasn’t surprised that so many children turned up with their parents and friends,” she said.

“What a brilliant start to Ealing’s Black History Month celebrations this October.”

Ealing and surrounding boroughs are home to 22 WAPPY members, who worked hard to stage this event.

WAPPY director Grace Quansah said that there was a strong buzz of excitement around the event and described Mr Zephaniah as a dynamic source of literary, creative and political inspiration.

The event was organised by WAPPY in partnership with Hot Key Books and Ealing Libraries.