In Conversation with Lemn Sissay OBE

Gary Hughes
Lemn Sissay OBE

Poet, playwright and broadcaster Lemn Sissay will join the University’s Chancellor, Gavin Esler, for the latest In Conversation event in the Gulbenkian Theatre on Tuesday September 27, 18:30 – 19:30.

Launched in 2015, the In Conversation series features in-depth and informal conversations between Gavin Esler and a leading public figure.

Lemn Sissay is the author of numerous poetry books and plays. His acclaimed and bestselling 2019 memoir My Name Is Why (Canongate) reflects on his childhood, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home. The author Matt Haig said: ‘I have never read a memoir like it. A blistering account of a young life in the hands of neglectful authorities. It’s a quest for understanding, for home, for answers. Grips like a thriller. Astounding.’

Lemn Sissay will be signing copies of My Name is Why and his first children’s book Don’t Ask the Dragon (Canongate) immediately after his In Conversation. Further information, including how to book tickets, is available on the University’s events page.