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Lemn Sissay visits The Pound for a special event reading excerpts from his new book, My Name is Why: A Memoir.
At the age of 17, after a childhood in a fostered 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.
Lemn Sissay’s memoir reflects on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home.
Infused with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation’s best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely event is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.
‘Lemn Sissay is a passionate and powerful voice whose performances are humbling and exhilarating.’ - Kate Tempest
Energetically performed, Lemn's work fuses the lyrical and the polemical with upbeat humour and forthright seriousness. He has published many books including The Emperor's Watchmaker, his first for children, and worked with artists and musicians including Leftfield, whose top 10 album Leftism includes Lemn's 21st Century Poem. 'His name is magic in poetry circles. His poems are songs of the street'. (The Independent)
See 2 tour dates featuring Lemn Sissay
The Pound Arts Centre
- Pound Pill
- SN13 9HX
- 01249 701628