On Thursday night I was eating with Anna at Venerdi (it means Friday in Italian) on Chatsworth Road in Hackney. The pavement table was a perfect match for enjoyable conversation and fantastic food. Then something magical happened. A woman and her daughter walked past…..then they returned…. “My daughter wants to ask if you are Lemn Sissay”. Never being one to miss an occasion to affirm my identity to anybody I replied. “yes”. She told me the classroom at her Primary School is named SISSAY and each day this week she has been presenting the class with information about the person who the class is named after!
We took a photograph and her mum posted it on twitter which is why I am sharing this story with you now. This is my chance to say Thankyou to Class Sissay. You have made me very very VERY happy today. When so much is happening in the world you remembered me. I was also told that another classroom is named after the poet Jackie Kay. She is my good friend so I am even more happy. Thankyou again.
— Penny O (@penny_othen) September 10, 2020