From a childhood in the foster system and abusive assessment centres, to a career as one of Britain’s best known and loved poets, playwrights, and broadcasters, Lemn Sissay uses his past, present, and boundless future to fuel his art. For this event, Sissay looks back on his childhood, which was fraught with loss, frustration, and isolation, and reflects on the ways it shaped his current work as a poet who uses words to uplift himself and others. “Now, I feel like a lion,” he has said, “I feel like a warrior.” Sissay will read his own poetry, followed by an enlightening conversation and an audience Q&A.

About The Author

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.

About The Speaker

Remona Aly

Remona Aly is a journalist and broadcaster. She writes for The Guardian, is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought and a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Something Understood. She is also an editor and podcast host for various platforms.