Something Dark tells the remarkable true story of Lemn Sissay’s upbringing. Given up by his Ethiopian mother and raised between children’s homes and foster care, he first discovered his real name at the age of 18 and began the search for his family and true identity.

Originally directed by John McGrath (National Theatre of Wales) and having received praise worldwide, Something Dark has recently been included on the national syllabus.

In advance of a full tour of the performance later this year, we are delighted that Lemn is bringing his acclaimed one-man play to Bradford Literature Festival for a special preview performance.

About The Host

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.