Lemn Sissay

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Lemn Sissay OBE is a poet playwright, memoirist performer and broadcaster. Lemn has read on stage throughout the world, from The Library of Congress in The United States to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, to the heady heights of Wigan library in. . . Wigan.

Sissay has written and performed in a series of plays and has worked in music. He has written Something Dark, which has won a race in the media award, and a stage adaption of Benjamin Zephaniah’s Refugee Boy. He performed as Scully in Jim Cartwright’s Road at The Royal Court. His poems have been part of the concerto performances at The Royal Albert Hall, The Apollo and for BBC Proms on numerous occasions.

His memoir My Name is Why was awarded The 2019 Pen Pinter Prize and the 2021 Indie Book Awards non-fiction prize. Sissay is Chancellor of The University of Manchester and a trustee of The Founding Museum. He was the first poet commissioned to write for the 2012 London Olympics. He has judged many literary competitions including the 2020 Booker Prize, The National Poetry Competition and The Forward Prize.
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Childhood on the Edge: Kit de Waal & Lemn Sissay

Childhood on the Edge: Kit de Waal & Lemn Sissay

Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 20:00-21:00Venue: Al Baraha I, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: EnglishSession No: 239 
AED 60
What is it like to grow up in a dysfunctional environment, ignored, neglected an... Read More
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Desert Stanzas

Desert Stanzas

Date/Time: Wednesday 1 February 2023 19:30-21:00Venue: Desert Camp, Caravanserai, Exit 29, Jebel Ali, Lehbab Rd, Dubai
Language: MultilanguageSession No: 1 
AED 425
The iconic Desert Stanzas returns this year! As the Festival’s signature event, ... Read More
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Don’t Ask the Dragon: Lemn Sissay & Greg Stobbs

Don’t Ask the Dragon: Lemn Sissay & Greg Stobbs

Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 10:00-10:45Venue: Al Baraha I, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: English
Age: 3+Session No: 53 
AED 40
Author Lemn Sissay and illustrator Greg Stobbs want to take you on an adventure.... Read More
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Poems as Old Friends: Lemn Sissay, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta & Tishani Doshi

Poems as Old Friends: Lemn Sissay, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta & Tishani Doshi

Date/Time: Friday 3 February 2023 20:30-21:30Venue: Al Baraha II, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Language: EnglishSession No: 136 
AED 60
What constitutes an old friend? It can be anything from the high school friend y... Read More
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