It takes an exceptional person to begin a publishing career at the age of 17 after years of living in a care home but Lemn Sissay is that exception.
Poet, writer, playwright and broadcaster, he has used his writing to “heal his scars” and not be defined by them. He sees poetry as the voice of the back of the mind and the translator of spirit. Empowered by his writing, his intensely personal work has reached out beyond him and is publicly recognized and widely appreciated.
Lemn was awarded the OBE for his Services to Literature in 2010, was made the official poet of the London Olympics in 2012 and is currently the Chancellor of Manchester University.
One of his many missions is to make poetry accessible and as a consequence it can be found not just in books but displayed on buildings in both Manchester and London. Be prepared for an inspiring and moving evening.
Learn more at lemnsissay.com.