In a blistering one-off show, poet Lemn Sissay heard – for the first time We find out how he started writing poetry for solace, how he spent. Lemn Sissay MBE (born 21 May ) is a British author and broadcaster. He has written a . Lemn’s poems are read frequently on All Fm and one of its older presenters, Li, aged 84, translated and read his poem “Invisible Kisses” in Mandarin. Chancellor, Lemn Sissay, has written and performed a new poem to shine a light on the people at The University of Manchester and beyond.

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Outside, he is having a smoke. He mentions a poem he wrote on becoming chancellor of the University of Manchester.

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Like a kingdom stunned. From the ages of 12 to 18, he went from care home to care home, where he was physically, emotionally and racially abused. He has written a number of books and plays.

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He is on his way to Carlisle for a gig. Let them come, I implore. You may unsubscribe at any time by following the unsubscribe link in the newsletter. When Sissay was 12 years old, after his foster parents had had three children of their own, they placed him into a children’s home and said neither they nor any of their family would contact him again.


Goldthorpe named Sissay “Norman” and gave him to foster parents, telling them to treat it as an adoption.

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Archived from the original on 31 July Two years pems, the head of social services got in touch to say his files had finally been found.

In the original, the words run vertically rather than horizontally, black slashes of rain against a white background:. Retrieved 3 July Sissay was renamed Norman by sissa social worker, who happened to be called Norman. I don’t want him to face discrimination”. Sissay might feel he is in a safe place, but at the same time he could not be more exposed, hearing it all for the first time.

I am an immigrant.

New poem from Lemn Sissay highlights those who make a difference

Enter your email address to subscribe: What is an ideal childhood? Critical perspective Bibliography Author statement. Norman Goldthorpe, a social worker assigned to his mother by Wigan Social Services, found foster parents for Sissay while his mother returned to Bracknell to finish her studies.

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He took up his new role on 1 August, with an installation ceremony held on Foundation Day at the lejn on 14 Sisday[18] at which he said: In a blistering one-off lwmn, poet Lemn Sissay heard — for the first time — the record of his suffering as a child in care.

He was also given a letter from his files datedwritten by his mother to Norman Goldthorpe, pleading for his return. The Emperor’s Watchmakerand Listener For this, he was sent to an assessment unit where most of the children were on remand.

We come away with a microscopically detailed portrait of the poet — and the system that did its best to destroy him. It is about getting redress, navigating my way through this minefield and trying to articulate what was always meant not to be articulated. Archived from the original on 15 April