Awarded an MBE for services to literature, 'My Name Is Why' is the poet’s story of neglect, misfortune and triumph. In this moving and timely memoir he talks to host Julia Wheeler about his childhood, Britishness, the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home.
Google the name 'Lemn Sissay' and all the returning hits will be about him because there is only one Lemn Sissay in the world. Lemn is a BAFTA-nominated award-winning writer, international poet, performer, playwright, artist and broadcaster. He was awarded an MBE for services to literature, and along with Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie and Margaret Atwood won a Pen Pinter Prize in 2019. He is Chancellor of the University of Manchester and an Honorary Doctor from the universities of Huddersfield, Manchester, Kent and Brunei. He was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics and poet of the FA Cup.
Saturday 22 February 2020, 12.30–1.30pm, Alexander Centre Main Room. £8
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