01484 951108 office@huddlitfest.org.uk

01484 951108 office@huddlitfest.org.uk

01484 951108 office@huddlitfest.org.uk

Lemn Sissay

£0.00

Date: Wednesday 11 March 2020 at 6:30pm

Location: OA4/01-02, Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate HD1 3DH

The School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield presents a special event with HLF Festival Patron, Lemn Sissay, at which he will read extracts from and talk about his critically acclaimed, bestselling book: My Name Is Why: A Memoir. Lemn’s story is a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity, from one of the nation’s best-loved poets.

As part of the Festival project, The Creative Mind, this event will also feature the unfurling of a specially commissioned handmade banner featuring a quote from Lemn Sissay. A partnership project between the Festival, the One World Craft Group of refugees and Woven Festival, The Creative Mind explores ideas around creativity and mental wellbeing.

Lemn’s quote will also feature in a film commissioned by the Festival and Words in Mind (a Kirklees bibliotherapy project), and created by Fettle Animation. The Creative Mind animated film weaves quotes from six authors and poets celebrating the power of creativity to inspire us and improve our lives.

FREE (booking required), no age restrictions

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Event Details

Date: March 11, 2020

Start time: 06:30 p.m.

End time: 07:45 p.m.

Venue: OA4/01-02, Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate HD1 3DH

Email: info@huddlitfest.org.uk

Description

The School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield presents a special event with HLF Festival Patron, Lemn Sissay, at which he will read extracts from and talk about his critically acclaimed, bestselling book: My Name Is Why: A Memoir.

Book synopsis: At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a foster family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth certificate. He learned that his real name was not Norman. It was Lemn Sissay. He was British and Ethiopian. And he learned that his mother had been pleading for his safe return to her since his birth.

This is Lemn’s story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.Sissay reflects on his childhood, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home. Written with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation’s best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely memoir is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.

This pre-Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF) event will also feature the unfurling of a handmade banner, featuring a Lemn Sissay quote. The banner has been hand-stitched by the One World Craft Group – where refugees and local people get together to create beautiful craft work reflecting shared ideas and talent from a broad range of cultural backgrounds.

It is part of a partnership project between the Festival, the One World Craft Group and Woven Festival: The Creative Mind. The project explores ideas around creativity and mental wellbeing – and there will be the opportunity to write down your own thoughts and add them to the pockets on the banner.

Lemn’s quote will also feature in a film commissioned by the Festival and Words in Mind (a Kirklees bibliotherapy project), and created by Fettle Animation. The Creative Mind animated film weaves quotes from six authors and poets celebrating the power of creativity to inspire us and improve our lives.

Biography: Google the name “Lemn Sissay” and all the returning hits will be about him because there is only one Lemn Sissay in the world. Lemn Sissay is a BAFTA nominated award winning writer, international poet, performer playwright, artist and broadcaster. He has read on stage throughout the world: from The Library of Congress in The United States to The University of Addis Ababa, from Singapore to Sri Lanka, Bangalore to Dubai, from Bali to Greenland AND Wigan library.

Additional information

Date

11 March 2020

Time

6.30pm-7.45pm

Cost

FREE

Venue

Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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