Closing this year’s festival is the inimitable Lemn Sissay MBE, official poet for the London Olympics, associate artist of the Southbank Centre and Chancellor of University of Manchester.

Adding to his rather impressive CV, Sissay is the official poet for the FA Cup Final, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation and inaugural trustee of World Book Night and an honorary doctor of Letters.

A poet first and foremost, his Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London, including venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and the Olympic Park in London. In Manchester, Lemn’s verse can be found embedded on walls in Shudehill, Tib Street, Hardy’s Well and a Rusholme pub.