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

Lemn Sissay will be reading from his new memoir, reflecting on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so exploring 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.

To celebrate the publication of My Name is Why: A Memoir by Lemn Sissay. Published by Canongate Books.


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 on a daily basis across the globe.

Dates & Times

Last session: Thu 26 Sep 2019 at 8:00 PM - This event has now passed
Derby Hall @ The Met
From £15 (inc fee)

Duration approx. 1 hour: 40 minutes reading + 20 minutes Q&A

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