Levi Tafari

WAY WITH WORDS
The Way With Words exhibition celebrates notable people with a connection to the local area who found success with a career in words.

Levi Tafari was born and grew up in Toxteth.

Levi Tafari was born in Liverpool. He is the author of three poetry collections: Duboetry (1987), Liverpool Experience (1989) and Rhyme Don’t Pay (1998). His latest collection, From the Page to the Stage, is now available. His plays have been performed at the Unity Theatre and the Playhouse in Liverpool, as well as at the Blackheath Theatre in Stafford. He has also worked on educational projects running creative writing workshops in schools, colleges,universities, youth centres, prisons and libraries.

Levi Tafari’s musical projects include work with Ghanaian drum and dance ensemble Delado, the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and with his own reggae fusion band Ministry of Love. He has also played with Urban Strawberry Lunch and Griot Workshop and has recently worked with jazz musician Dennis Rollins.

He was Writer in Residence at Charles University, Prague, and has toured various countries, including the Czech Republic, Singapore and Jordan. He has also appeared in many television programmes including Blue Peter and Grange Hill, and made a well-received film about Rastafarianism for BBC television’s Everyman programme entitled The Road to Zion.

Levi has collaborated extensively with the British Council in many parts of Europe and the Far East in flagship education and arts projects such as Britlit and Inclusion and Diversity in Education (INDIE). At present Levi is working with 50 European schools in INDIE both delivering creative writing and communication workshops to young people and sharing his unique and vibrant poetry with whole school communities.

Levi says: “Liverpool is the daughter of Merseyside and L8 (Toxteth) is her beating heart.”