This is a rundown of the week just passed. It began with robbery. Within 12 hours of a thief in the night sneaking away with my computer I am stepping onto the stage at RADA studios for a BBC radio 4 comedy panel show called Dilemma presented by Sue “Bake Off” Perkins. Within 24 hours of that I am standing in front of women prisoners in Holloway prison to inspire and be inspired.
Within twenty four hours of being in prison I’m stood on the roof of the as yet unopened Shard, the tallest building in London, where Joanna Trollope and I are giving speeches to Financiers to raise £2,000,000 for The Reading Fund for The Book Trust. After an excellent speech Joanna Trollope introduces me thus: “Our patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall can’t make it but thankfully we have Lemn Sissay”. She had a twinkle in her eye. Within 24 hours of this I am meeting the The roundhouse team in North London for a project and 24 hours since then I am stood outside Tara Arts in South London talking with my friend Wylie Longmore after enjoying his play Speak of Me As. Twelve hours later I’m laughing through Sunday with Eritrean friends the family of The Journalist. So what have I learned this week? Most of all I have learned through the theft of my computer (I have lost everything) to let the passed be past and count the priceless present. Nobody can steal that.
Photographs: 1) The Shard 2) Suzette Newman and I at the Shard 3) Tim Minchin and I at The Shard 4) Wylie Longmore and I at Tara Arts 5) Habersha Sunday: Azieb’s family and I