5 speakers 15 minutes each

Lemn Sissay

growing up in care

Lemn Sissay's thoroughly energetic and exhilarating seven minutes transports the audience into the mind of a man who at the age of eighteen discovered he did not know his real name. Fostered as a child social workers ignored his mother's pleas for his return. Lemn Sissay's poetry reflects on the meaning of identity, belonging and on how we care for vulnerable children. But here is his backstory. It is deeply inspirational.