Arts & Culture
Lemn Sissay: My Name Is Why
- 9:45 pm
18 October 2019
Queen Elizabeth Hall | £15
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road,
London SE1 8XX
Part of London Literature Festival
Hear Lemn Sissay reflect on a childhood in foster care, self-expression and Britishness at this discussion.
Sissay’s new memoir, My Name is Why, is infused with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation’s best-loved poets, and explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home.
This moving, frank and timely book is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.
Lemn Sissay is a poet, playwright and broadcaster. He has read poetry all over the world and was awarded an MBE for services to literature.
He is the Chancellor of the University of Manchester and was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics. He is a regular contributor to radio and TV and a prolific speaker, inspiring audiences on a daily basis across the globe.