We dropped in on Lemn Sissay in Manchester during week seven of the SoA @ Home Festival. He talked to the SoA’s Martin Reed about working in lockdown, judging the Booker Prize, writing his memoir, and the need for kindness and listening.
Broadcast live by The Society of Authors on 4 June 2020
Lemn Sissay is a BAFTA nominated award winning writer, international poet, performer playwright, artist and broadcaster. He has read on stage throughout the world: from The Library of Congress in The United States to The University of Addis Ababa, from Singapore to Sri Lanka, Bangalore to Dubai, from Bali to Greenland AND Wigan library. He was awarded an MBE for services to literature by The Queen of England. Along with Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie and Margaret Atwood he won a Pen Pinter Prize in 2019. He is Chancellor of The University of Manchester and an Honorary Doctor from The Universities of Huddersfield, Manchester, Kent and Brunei. He is Dr Lemn Sissay. He was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics and poet of the FA Cup.