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Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay

Fusing the lyrical & the polemical, up-beat humour & deadly seriousness


Fusing the lyrical and the polemical, up-beat humour and deadly seriousness – Lemn’s performances are notorious for their powerful energy and dynamism.

Author of several collections of poetry, including Morning Breaks in the Elevator and Rebel Without Applause, editor of The Fire People (all Cannongate Books), and a performance pioneer, Lemn Sissay is one of the UK’s foremost poets.

His first collection for children The Emperor’s Watchmaker has been published by Bloomsbury. He has previously written the script for Storm which premiered at Contact in 2000 and for Benji Reid’s B Like Water.

As lyricist & vocalist his recording work includes collaborations with a range of musicians including David Murray, Jah Wobble and Byron Wallen, and bands including Secret Society, Working Week, Disjam and Leftfield - whose top 10 album Leftism includes Lemn’s - 21st Century Poem.

His broadcasting work is extensive - including regular appearances on BBC Radio’s 1, 4 and 5.

Lemn was commissioned by Apples & Snakes and Contact with BAC in 2003 to write his first full length show, Something Dark. This was directed by John E. McGrath, has original music by Jim Parris, design by Emma Wee and lighting design by Anne Meeussen. The show was first produced at Contact on February 12 2004 and is currently touring internationally. It was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in September 2004.


8 February 2016

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