My Name Is Why: in conversation with Lemn Sissay

This is Lemn’s life story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.

After two sell out appearances at the Orange Tree, the adored poet, playwright and broadcaster Lemn Sissay returns to read from his new memoir, My Name Is Why. A book which reflects on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home.

Infused with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation’s best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely event is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.

“Lemn Sissay is something of a literary institution” The Big Issue

“a passionate and powerful voice whose performances are humbling and exhilarating” Kate Tempest

Lemn Sissay MBE 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.Lemn Sissay's website

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