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Bafta nominated International prize winning writer Lemn Sissay was awarded an MBE for services to literature
by The Queen of England, The Pen Pinter Prize and a Points of Light Award from The Prime Minister. He was
awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Huddersfield, The University of Manchester, The
University of Kent and The University of Brunel. He won a Bikila award with the Ethiopian music legend Teddy
Afro. His 2017 radio two-parter “Lemn Sissay’s Homecoming” was nominated for a Palm D’Or. Amongst other
awards are a NESTA new radical award, and a RIMA award for his play Something Dark.
Lemn is a poet, playwright, artist performer 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.
His memoir ‘My Name Is Why’ is published by Canongate Books 2019. He was the first poet commissioned to
write for the London Olympics and wrote the official poem for the FA Cup. If you Google the name “Lemn
Sissay” all the returning hits will be about him. There’s only one person in the world named Lemn Sissay.