Few British poets have tackled questions of identity, sexuality, immigration, race, discrimination and gender as fearlessly as Jackie Kay and Lemn Sissay; few poets anywhere have done so with such style, acclaim and resounding success.

This one-off event is a rare chance to see two of the country’s best-loved and most inspirational contemporary poets in conversation and an opportunity for the writers to set their own agenda and discuss the topics and issues at the forefront of their creative minds.

This will be an open and unscripted discussion between two pioneers of the arts, who have both made the remarkable transition from marginal voice to national treasure and whose work has reverberated around the globe.

About The Speakers

Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay MBE is the current Scottish poet laureate.  She has published five poetry collections for adults and several for children, as well as fiction books.  Among other prizes, she has won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and in 2016 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Photo by Denise Else

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.