In a blistering one-off show, poet Lemn Sissay heard – for the first time We find out how he started writing poetry for solace, how he spent. Lemn Sissay MBE (born 21 May ) is a British author and broadcaster. He has written a . Lemn’s poems are read frequently on All Fm and one of its older presenters, Li, aged 84, translated and read his poem “Invisible Kisses” in Mandarin. Chancellor, Lemn Sissay, has written and performed a new poem to shine a light on the people at The University of Manchester and beyond.

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It is about getting redress, navigating my way through this minefield and trying to articulate what was always meant not to be articulated. He is one of the funniest and warmest people I know, extraordinarily animated with a life-affirming loems. The performance lasts two hours — Hesmondhalgh reading the report, Sissay listening and occasionally responding.

New poem from Lemn Sissay highlights those who make a difference

Show 25 25 50 All. Many people in Manchester ask why. As Sissay has written elsewhere, with tongue in the same cheek: You may unsubscribe at any time by following the unsubscribe link in the newsletter. Archived from the original on 5 May My family values Lemn Sissay: It has been two years since he received an apology from the great and good of Wigan council. How does this featured poem make you feel? This, within a poem which might be read more generally as the staging of a secret, the putting into public discourse the siszay parts of a past.


I am just saying you know you are alive by virtue of the fact that someone acknowledges your existence. The show details his experience with social services, foster homes, abuse and his psychiatric diagnoses: Lemn Sissay on hearing his harrowing abuse report live on stage.

You sense they would rather just hug Sissay. He met his birth mother when he was 21, after a long search.

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LitBritish Last week we met up with the four brilliant writers shortlisted for the thesundaytimes YoungWriterYear award… https: Ask, what were these closed for? IsssaySissay was appointed artist-in-residence at London’s Southbank Centre.

From the sixsay of 12 to 17, Sissay was held in a total of four children’s homes. In Sissay staged a one-off show entitled The Reportbased on a psychologist’s report about Sissay’s early life and how it affected him. This is, by turns, theatre as shock treatment, theatre as therapy, theatre as protest and, perhaps ultimately, theatre as survival.


Sissay was renamed Norman by his social worker, who happened to be called Norman. From the churches, the mosques, the synagogues, Let them come in the name of their gods. With no surrogate family or birth family, upon leaving the care system he was given his birth certificate, showing the name of his mother, Yemarshet Sissay, and his own legal name, Lemn Sissay.

Read ‘A Flyer’… 11 days ago. The language of listening.

It was you who counted the bounty and threw the rest overboard. Poet beats Peter Mandelson in race to be Manchester University chancellor. My books are flags in the mountainside. Google Lemn Sissay and all the hits would be about him.

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What if you uncurl your heart as we uncurl ours And spread your arms open wide as we spread ours? But reach for the stars and you get to the top of the tree. Sign Up to the Newsletter.