LEMN SISSAY MBE is the author of several books of poetry alongside articles, records, public art, and plays. He was an official poet for the London Olympics, and Chancellor of University of Manchester. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London, in venues such as The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park. Sissay is associate artist at Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, and inaugural trustee of World Book Night. The Guardian newspaper heralded the arrival of his first book Tender Fingers In A Clenched Fist. “Lemn Sissay has Success written all over his forehead”. He has made various BBC radio documentaries on or with writers such as Gil Scott Heron, The last Poets, JB Priestley, Edgar Allan Poe and poetry films.
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.