Your commmunity needs you now more than ever.

This is a blog about stuff that’s coming up in my life. Yes it’s a bit me me me. But then this  is my blog.  It’s really easy to unsubscribe. Just send me a message.  

I’m proud to announce my role  as Co-op Member Pioneer Ambassador.   If you are interested in becoming a Co-op member  Pioneer let me know. Read all about it here. It’s a brilliant way to realise a project in your community:  A way of making a difference.

In Highbury Tube station a poster trumpets   the success of Jim Cartwright’s ” Road” directed by John Tiffany at Royal Court Theatre. We are on stage every night except Sundays. Matinees on Thursday AND Saturdays too.  Finishes 9th September!

As soon as ROAD  finishes my Something Dark Tour begins in Belfast on 13th September.  The tour is to celebrate  publication of my play Something Dark (Oberon) and its inclusion on the A level Syllabus.

The launch of  THE LEMN SISSAY LAW BURSARIES is announced today.  “Considering the disproportionate impact of the criminal justice system upon African Caribbean men, why are so few of our young men going to university to study law?” 

Last week  in Old Trafford one of my morning poems became  this. The idea came about through Jess Lishak, Hannah Patterson and the community of Old Trafford  and was painted by artist Russ Meehan (aka Qubek and founder of ‘Mural Life’). It’s beautiful.

Meanwhile the tube at KIngs Cross features my portrait as part of The BP Award at The National Portrait Gallery. You can buy this poster at The National Portrait Gallery. It features the Ethiopian Cross. (Meskel).

Here is how the portrait was painted. It came from artist Fiona Graham-Mackay. Click on the photo below to hear the painting being painted.

Now to classical music. Spark Catchers is a poem of mine which has inspired a Concerto of the same name by Hannah Kendal. It will be performed at The BBC Proms in The Royal Albert Hall on August 30th 2017 and on BBC Television.  

Photo taken today on stage t The Royal Albert Hall. Below:  Hannah Kendall (composer) on my far left and  Chi-Chi (founder of Chineke!) in the centre.

On the subject of classical music and The BBC Proms  I’m honoured to present Ten Pieces alongside the Brilliant Naomi Wilkinson. The short films will be released online soon.  

These are the highlihgts. There is much more happening. I’ve moved home. I am putting the final touches to the first stage of my autobiography to be published by Canongagte Books. And I am judging The Bridport Poetry Prize. It’s a joy and an honour to read the poems.  

I need a holiday. But I will wait for winter to take a break.   A woman stopped me on the tube yesterday. She said. “Lemn Sissay?  You don’t know me from Adam. Actually Eve. You don’t know me from Eve”. I liked her correction.


5 thoughts on “Your commmunity needs you now more than ever.

  1. Hi Lemn – enjoyed this update. I’m coming to see Road on your closing night and so excited having heard such amazing reviews. I’ve also got my Manchester ticket for ‘something dark’ – feeling excited. It sounds like a good and settled time for you. I’m glad. A holiday sounds like just what you need next. Enjoy X

  2. Congratulations on the play… please bring it to East London too. If you ever need a place to stay I have space and you are welcome.E15 4JY.

  3. Hi Mr Sissay — sorry I may have posted this in an inappropriate place but I just listened with enjoyment to your talk on Radio 4 comparing with children in science fiction and superhero characters in film and literature. At one point you talked of the people featured in the iconic picture of men eating their lunch on the girder. Whilst it is undoubtedly true that Native American men were hired to work on skyscraper construction (there are other photographs in existence of these Navajos), Wikipedia and documentary sources strongly suggest that these particular men — in so far as has been at all firmly ascertained — were Irish and Swedish. Just thought you might like to know! Doesn’t spoil your talk in any way, just a minor correction.

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