Lemn Sissay - My Name is Why

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Friday 29th July | 7.00pm
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Lemn Sissay OBE is a poet, playwright, memoirist, performer and broadcaster.

This is Lemn’s life story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.

He will read from his Sunday Times bestselling memoir, My Name Is Why, reflecting on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness and in doing so will explore 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.

Followed by a Q&A 

Written and performed by Lemn Sissay


Lemn was named MBE for services to literature by The Queen in 2014.  In 2021 he was named OBE for services to literature and charity. He has honorary doctorates from Universities of Huddersfield, Manchester, Brunel, Kent and Essex and has been Chancellor of the University of Manchester since 2015 (his chancellorship ends in 2022). He lives between London and Manchester.


Running Time 60mins
Please bring your own seating