Lemn Sissay: In Conversation
Our Poet Laureate in conversation with Scottish Poet Laureate Jackie Kay.
The latest in a series of events created and hosted Lemn Sissay, exploring stories of resilience from people who have experienced the care system.
Jackie Kay was born in Scotland, to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father. She was adopted and brought up by a white couple. Her first book of poetry, the partially autobiographical The Adoption Papers, was published in 1991. This is a multiply voiced collection of poetry that deals with identity, race, nationality, gender, and sexuality. In 2010 she published Red Dust Road, an account of her search for her biological parents.
Celebrated performance poet and Canterbury’s Poet Laureate, Lemn Sissay MBE, has created a series of talks and performances especially for The Marlowe and Wise Words.
Lemn believes in poetry as a catalyst for social change and uses his creative voice to inspire and connect with young people in care and the organisations that support them.
The Marlowe Theatre Development Trust