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Lemn Sissay - Author

About the Author

Lemn Sissay is a BAFTA-nominated, award-winning writer and broadcaster. He has authored collections of poetry and plays. His Landmark poems are visible in London, Manchester, Huddersfield and Addis Ababa. He has been made an Honorary Doctor by the universities of Manchester, Kent, Huddersfield and Brunel.

Sissay was awarded an MBE for services to literature and in 2019 he was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. He is Chancellor of the University of Manchester. He is British and Ethiopian. @lemnsissay | lemnsissay.com

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My Name Is Why

My Name Is Why

Author: Lemn Sissay Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 29/08/2019

My Name Is Why

My Name Is Why

Author: Lemn Sissay Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/04/2019

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE TIMES, DAILY TELEGRAPH, SUNDAY TIMES, NEW STATESMAN AND THE HERALD 'A quest for understanding, for home, for answers' Matt Haig How does a government steal a child and then imprison him? How does it keep it a secret? This story is how. At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a foster family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth certificate. He learned that his real name was not Norman. It was Lemn Sissay. He was British and Ethiopian. And he learned that his mother had been pleading for his safe return to her since his birth. This is Lemn's story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph. Sissay reflects on his childhood, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home. Written with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation's best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely memoir is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.

Gold from the Stone New and Selected Poems

Gold from the Stone New and Selected Poems

Author: Lemn Sissay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Lemn Sissay was seventeen when he wrote his first poetry book, which he hand-sold to the miners and millworkers of Wigan. Since then his poems have become landmarks, sculpted in granite and built from concrete, recorded on era-defining albums and declaimed in over thirty countries. He has performed to thousands of football fans at the FA Cup Final, to hundreds of thousands as the poet of the London Olympics, and to millions across our TV screens and the airwaves of BBC Radio. He has become one of the nation's best-loved voices.

Something Dark

Something Dark

Author: Lemn Sissay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2017

Something Dark tells the true story of Lemn Sissay who as a baby was given up by his Ethiopian mother in the 1960s. He was renamed Norman Greenwood and nicknamed Chalky White throughout his turbulent childhood in care, only to find out his real name at the age of 18. No longer the possession of the social services, he left the brutal suburbs of Lancashire for the bright lights of Manchester where he became a celebrated performance poet. Aged 21 Lemn left for Gambia in search of his mother and the truth about his father. Something Dark is now a set text on Edexcel's Contemporary Black British Literature: A Guide.

Listener

Listener

Author: Lemn Sissay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2008

Listener overflows with love poems, inner-city soap operas, reflections on history, mystery and felicity and much more. Every page sings with Sissay's unique voice - visionary, good-humoured and bursting with life.

Rebel Without Applause

Rebel Without Applause

Author: Lemn Sissay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2000

Lemn Sissay's poems are laid into the streets of downtown Manchester, feature on the side of a public house in the same city and have been emblazoned on a central London bus route. He has been published in press as diverse as the the Times Literary Supplement and the Independent to The Face and Dazed & Confused. He has been commissioned to write poetry, documentaries and plays for Radio 1 and Radio 4. He has been involved in television in the roles of writing, performing and presenting. He is published in over sixty books and featured on the Leftfield album Leftism, which has sold over five million copies worldwide. Rebel Without Applause is the collection that started everything for Lemn Sissay.

Morning Breaks In The Elevator

Morning Breaks In The Elevator

Author: Lemn Sissay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/1999

Six years after his last solo publication, Lemn Sissay brings together the experiences of those intervening years in a stunning new collection, Morning Breaks in the Elevator. In Sissay's work, we witness declamation being honed and brought to fine art, establishing his reputation as one of the UK's foremost poets as he ably moves from loud protest through to quiet reflection.

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