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Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay


Lemn Sissay is a poet and playwright, and was recently named Chancellor at the University of Manchester, beating off stiff competition from none other than Peter Mandelson. With roots in Ethiopia, he is Official Poet of the FA Cup Final, holds an MBE for services to literature, is Associate Artist at the Southbank Centre and Coram Foundling Fellow.   

He was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics and his installation poem What If was exhibited at The Royal Academy. It came from his Disko Bay Expedition to the Arctic alongside Jarvis Cocker, Laurie Anderson, Leslie Feist and KT Tunstall. 

His 21st Century Poem was released on multimillion award winning album Leftism by Leftfield. His head is in London, his heart in Manchester and his vibe in New York. Watch his Ted Talk and look out for his daily Tweets. His poetry is transformative and his life story extraordinary.