Speaker

Lemn Sissay

2024 - My Name Is Why

Ripped away from his Ethiopian mother in infancy, Sissay endured over a decade of mistreatment and wilful cruelty in the British care system.

The acclaimed poet will share his powerful and inspiring account of the journey from neglect and despair to artistic and cultural recognition, with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation’s best-loved poet. His moving, frank recollection is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.

Lemn Sissay MBE is a BAFTA nominated, International prize-winning writer. He was awarded an MBE for services to literature by The Queen of England, The Pen Pinter Prize and a Points of Light Award from The Prime Minister.