Prize-winning creator Lemn Sissay is considered one of a form – actually. The author awarded an MBE for providers to literature is the one particular person with that identify on the planet.
He makes up for that singularity by the plurality of his roles as a poet, playwright, artist, performer and broadcaster.
He will probably be showing on the Bishop’s Stortford Faculty’s Competition of Literature on-line on Saturday (February 6) to speak about his extraordinary life and achievements together with successful a Bafta in 2019 for his documentary Superkids.
The 53-year-old was born close to Wigan in Lancashire after his pregnant mom arrived within the UK from Ethiopia.
He was fostered earlier than being despatched to a collection of care houses aged 12 and has chronicled the trauma of these early years in his best-selling memoir, My Identify Is Why, printed by Canongate Books in 2019; BBC TV documentary, Inside Flight; and radio documentary, Little one of the State.
His expertise additionally prompted him to discovered the Christmas dinners for care leavers challenge in Manchester in 2012 and now they happen throughout the nation, together with a digital celebration in Hertfordshire this 12 months for younger individuals who would in any other case be alone.
On Saturday, he will probably be speaking about this tough childhood, which led to him reclaiming his actual identify and discovering his start mom, the brutality of the institutional care system, and the themes of Britishness, race, household and the that means of dwelling.
Along with his writing, which secured The Pen Pinter Prize and a clutch of honorary doctorates, he gained a Bikila award with the Ethiopian music legend Teddy Afro and his 2017 radio two-parter, Lemn Sissay’s Homecoming, was nominated for a Palm d’Or.
Different accolades embody a NESTA new radical award, a RIMA award for his play, One thing Darkish, and he was the primary poet commissioned to write down for the London Olympics and wrote the official poem for the FA Cup.
He’s acquainted to music followers after he featured on Leftism, the debut studio album by English digital music duo Leftfield, launched in 1995 which redefined the dance style.
He went again on the highway with the ban to have a good time its twentieth anniversary and his musical contribution additionally contains an look on the album Traveller by Baaba Maal.
A violin concerto carried out at The BBC Proms by Viktoria Mullova was impressed by and named after his poem Recommendation For The Dwelling. One other poem, Spark Catchers, featured within the 2017 proms because the inspiration for a concerto written by Hannah Kendal.
His play, One thing Darkish, is on the Nationwide Curriculum and he tailored poet Benjamin Zephaniah’s novel, Refugee Boy, for the stage to rave critiques.
To study extra about his life and achievements, be a part of Lemn on-line on Saturday, February 6, at 7.30 pm. The speak is appropriate for an viewers aged 16-plus. For extra particulars see www.festivalofliterature.co.uk