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Known for roles in award-winning shows such as Our Friends in the North and Dr Who, as well as films like 28 Days Later and Gone in 60 Seconds, Christopher Eccleston is one of the UK’s best loved stars of stage and screen.

Lemn Sissay MBE is a BAFTA nominated International prize-winning author, poet and playwright. Roles such as the official poet of the London 2012 Olympics have solidified Sissay as one of Britains most recognisable poetic voices.

Both Eccleston and Sissay were born and raised in working class households in the north of England in the 1960’s. Eccleston’s autobiography I Love the Bones of You and Sissay’s My Name Is Why were both published to critical acclaim in 2019.

Here we present a unique insight into the lives and experiences of two of our most loved and respected Northern artists, both of whom have overcome great hardship to join us here and tell their stories.

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About The Authors

Christopher Eccleston

Christopher Eccleston was born into a working-class family in the Langworthy area of Salford, Lancashire in 1964. The recipient of an Emmy Award and two BAFTA Award nominations, Eccleston is best known for his work on television and in film, including roles in Our Friends in the North, Dr Who and The A Word alongside 28 Days Later, Shallow Grave, Thor: The Dark World and many more. His autobiography I Love the Bones of You was published in 2019.

Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay is an author, poet and playwright and has been awarded an MBE for services to literature. In 2018 he was made Poet Laureate of Canterbury. He has read poetry everywhere, from the shores of Sri Lanka to Wigan Library and many places between. His autobiography My Name is Why was published in 2019.