This is British writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay’s life story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.
In his stirring new memoir, Lemn reflects on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so he explores 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 UK’s best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely book is the result of a life spent asking questions.
Hosted by Sarah Mayor Cox, Lemn reads from My Name Is Why, and then talks about the book and the redemptive power of creativity.
My Name Is Why, published by Canongate Books, will be on sale at the event.
Lemn Sissay MBE is a poet, playwright and broadcaster. He has read poetry all over the world and was awarded an MBE for services to literature. He is the Chancellor of The University of Manchester and was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics. He is a regular contributor to radio and TV and a prolific speaker, inspiring audiences across the globe.
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