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Lemn Sissay MBE

Lemn Sissay MBE

Lemn Sissay MBE is renowned for his strong, lyrical poems on social and family themes. Lemn was official poet of the 2012 London Olympics and the 2015 FA Cup and is Chancellor of the University of Manchester. His appearance on Desert Island Discs, speaking about his experiences of emotional andracial abuse in the UK care system and his search for his Ethiopian birth mother, is one of the most moving in the programme’s history.

When you're on stage & you know you are the right person in the right place at the right time. Guernsey Literature Festival. "It ain't rock and roll but I likes it". I'm on the plane back to London!

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