Lemn Sissay
A Life of Questions

One of Britain’s best-loved poets, playwrights and broadcasters, Lemn Sissay’s energy and exuberance have raised the public profile of poetry, leading to an MBE for services to literature and his appointment as official poet of the 2012 Olympics (amongst many other accolades). Yet behind the passionate persona lies a story of neglect and cruelty, and a childhood indelibly marked by the institutional care system. In My Name Is Why, Sissay reflects on his extraordinary journey from failed fostering to national treasure. Expect a powerful, personal and moving testimony to the redemptive power of creativity.

In conversation with Alex Clark, journalist, critic and broadcaster

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