#HallamBigRead19 Author and Broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE will be holding a talk at Sheffield Hallam University

Lemn Sissay MBE will be holding a talk on the 4th of March 2020 in Charles Street Lecture Theatre as part of #HallamBigRead19.

The award-winning author, poet, playwright, broadcaster and speaker released his first book of poetry in 1988 at the age of 21. In 1995 he went on to make his first documentary about his life, Internal Flight.



Lemn Sissay focuses his work around the care system in the UK, including his time in it after he was put into care at 2 months old. His Ethiopian mother was placed in a mother and baby unit in Wigan after she had come to Britain to study. He was taken from her and went from care home to care home where he was physically, emotionally and racially abused.


You can read more about his upbringing in his book My Name is Why, which you can borrow from Hallam’s Library by clicking here.


His 2005 drama Something Dark focused on his search for his family. And, after it was adapted for BBC Radio 6 in 2006,  it went on to win the UK Commission for Racial Equality’s Race in the Media award (RIMA). His vast achievements also include being the official poet of the London 2012 Olympics and a BAFTA nomination in 2019.


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To find out more about Lemn Sissay visit https://www.lemnsissay.com/

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