Lemn Sissay was seventeen when he wrote his first poetry book, which he hand-sold to the miners and mill workers of Wigan. Since then his poems have become landmarks, sculpted in granite and built from concrete, recorded on era-defining albums and declaimed in over twenty countries. He has performed to thousands of football fans at the FA Cup Final, to hundreds of thousands as the poet of the 2012 Olympics, and to millions across our TV screens and the airwaves of BBC Radio. He has become one of the nation's best-loved voices.
About the Author
Lemn Sissay is an award-winning playwright and popular broadcaster in the UK, as well as the author of five poetry books. He was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by University of Huddersfield in 2009 and awarded an MBE in 2010. He was the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics, has worked with the British Council and is a patron of the Letterbox Club, supporting children in care. His work has featured at the Royal Academy and the British Film Institute. In 2015 he was appointed as Chancellor of The University of Manchester.