Two hundred and eleven days.

It’s two hundred and eleven  days since my installation in the ceremonial role of Chancellor of University of Manchester. IMG_3976
The last blog  marked the first one hundred days since my installation. This blog represents the following one hundred and eleven days.  It started with a photoshoot by Greg Williams which made me feel incredibly special. This is Loo How.  Loo works with Greg.  Greg works with Loo.  She’s cool.   A_LS0190
I presented Mid Week special on p034rx1n BBC Radio Four.   Click Photo to hear the show.
I was in Manchester to Sell The Big Issue in support of Big Issue vendors.
JL_picture_214rgb-900x599I gave a masterclass at Chicken Shed Theatre.  A joy it was.
I read to the incredible children of Ashfield School in Carlisle
I loved inspiring  the staff of the special schools of Redbridge in London
conference1 I gave a TEdx talk in Manchester. Hmm. Must do better next time.Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 16.37.07
I absolutely loved this talk with the care professionals of Birmingham.
And then I flew  to Ethiopia to Addis Ababa
to read poetry at The first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. This picture is taken at the Organisation of African Unity
On February 25th I was  interviewed on  Meet EBC  with Tefera Gedhamu which broadcast to the nation. Click photo to watch.
Back in UK the great Baaba Maal includes two of my poems on his new album.   thetraveller
In  London the first part of Lock and Quay (a landmark poem)  is embedded into  Surrey Quays new development.
IMG_2640I gave a MOTH talk at Union Chapel in Islington with some incredible speakers. I can’t find reference to it online.  I am a fan The Moth so it was an honour to do this event.                  mothlogoA brilliant brilliant  time reading poems at Stanza festival in Scotland,  More Music in Morecambe,  Contact Theatre in Manchester,
10610874_1045028052210173_3968009340746960255_nLetters Live at Cadogan Hall in London and  Ennis book festival with Kate Aidie  in Northern Ireland.12814405_219791028373624_6747013509593484503_n
On BBC World Service along with Luce Doucet, Nandita Das, Nunu Ntshingila  I am  one of the judges for Outlook inspirations this year.  Click picture to hear the  interview.  Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 22.28.22                                                   A wonderful event at Huddersfield Literature Festiva Asfa-Wossen Asserate  (below) about his book King of Kings The Triumph of Emperor Haile Selassie.
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The Alumni at  University of Manchester welcomed me at a special in The Foundling Museum




IMG_6201Then I visited one of my favorite places on earth:  Northern Ireland and Belfast to work with inspiring care leavers.12512372_231538543865539_2463924735774376922_n
I  Spent a week in Carlisle to write and record a poem for them. Mansio.  It was wonderful to learn about the castle.  I don’t like castles. They’re places of  ruthless oppressionIMG_4984
And then I flew  to America to New Hampshire College for a week. No pictures. Aggh.  It’s  the  most liberal college in the states.

I flew back to England to give the closing address at The Future Everything Conference. CipNTueU4AItYhT An awesome venue at Manchester Town hall.
I was proud to speak  The Global Health Society  poetry competition  at University of Manchester. The quality of work was outstanding.
Organised by this incredible author Mukesh Kapila CBE whom I first met in Dubai.
In Norwich I read poems and spoke my story   at Your own Place supporting young people in transition
Wenlock Poetry Festival working lunch and a sold out performance in the evening. .
CgufkkMWwAElDsS To Cape Town South Africa:  I read poems at  Going Global 2016  in front of Vice Chancellors and educationalists from around the world.  The education minister for South Africa was there. I said to the assembled audience   ” Manchester University is the greatest university on earth”. ChiO17XUgAMxnBA
Click this picture below for the Going Global Webpage Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 22.48.59                                                              Back in England I present Midweek Special on BBC Radio 4 Click picture to listen Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 22.14.52
I spent a weekend at the brilliant Wisewords Festival in Canterbury.  This festival  has matured into something special.
Poetry  in a giant Yurt. A beautiful venue.  It sold out like all the readings. I am always moved when an event for poetry sells out. IMG_5638
I was at a cinema arts complex called HOME  in Manchester to show the incredible film Mercy Mercy with director Katrine.  Thankyou Home.
I was at University of Manchester in Whitworth Hall for the truly inspiring  Making A Difference Awards. It makes me proud to be Chancellor of the  University of Manchester where  Social Responsibility is priority .   IMG_5831
And here are some of the incredible winners  at the  Making a Difference Awards
IMG_6200Finished filming The Road To Wembley  broadcast this Wednesday at 11.45pm on BBC1 or 2  and on FA Cup day at 2.30pm.
I was proud and moved  to tears at The jersey Foster Carer Awards. There is something magical about fostering.
I’ve written two commissions:  One for The Battle of The Somme which will be read and performed at The commemoration of the 100th anniversary on July 1st and also a poem about Graphene which will be broadcast at the exhibition Adventures in Flatland.  I’ve finished  my New And selected poems with Canongate Books. Here’s the cover. It is available for pre-orders and will be launched later this year. Hardback too!

6 thoughts on “Two hundred and eleven days.

  1. Wow Lemn, what a fabulous 111 days and so inspirational too – clearly we can all do more to improve our world! Just one question though – when do you ever get a chance to breath?! More power to your elbow!! :o)

  2. It been inspirational to follow you. My friend Dave Hulston has worked with children developing their creativity through visual art. He is also inspirational. Can I send you his contact details after I’ve asked him?

  3. What an impressive schedule of interesting events, Bravo Lemn. You will always be the best poem and speaker.

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