In Conversation with Lemn Sissay OBE

The In Conversation series continues with Lemn Sissay OBE, who will be joining Gavin Esler live in the Gulbenkian Theatre.

In Conversation is a series of events, not interview or lecture but, as the title suggests, a relaxed conversation – with audience participation encouraged. On 27 September, join Gavin in conversation with Poet, Playwright and Broadcaster Lemn Sissay.

Lemn is an author of a series of books of poetry alongside articles, records, broadcasts, public art, commissions, and plays. Sissay was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics.

As a radio broadcaster, Sissay makes documentaries for the BBC. He is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, which in 2008 was nominated for two Sony Awards. He also contributes to the BBC’s Book Panel.

Book Signing: There will be an opportunity to purchase signed copies of Sissay's memoir My Name is Why and children's book Don't Ask the Dragon following the In Conversation. This will be set up in the closed-off café area, near to the doors of the Gulbenkian Theatre.

Dinner: Extend your evening after In Conversation with Lemn Sissay and Gavin Esler by joining us for a post-show dinner in Darwin Conference Suite. Tickets can be purchased after selecting your ticket to the main event.

Our award winning in-house caterers, Kent Hospitality, will be serving a pre-dinner drinks reception followed by a three course meal with coffee and wine for a package price of £35 per person.

The menu will be announced shortly. We can accommodate your dietary requirements, but please email if you are unsure about the options.

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Booking details

Please book via the Gulbenkian box office.

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