Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay is GDIF’s first ever writer in residence. He comes to Greenwich having curated the world’s first Literature Festival of the Sea in Southend and has also travelled the oceans to the Arctic with Cape Farewell with fifteen artists including Jarvis Cocker Laurie Anderson and Martha Wainwright. He is associate artist at London’s Southbank Centre, where he performed Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with Bellowhead, so he arrives at the Festival already attuned to the power and resonance of the sea and Greenwich’s maritime themes.
During the Festival he will be soaking up the Festival atmosphere, chatting to local people, GDIF artists and working in partnership with Royal Greenwich Libraries on associated workshops.
He’ll be on site during the Greenwich Fair (look out for the Mobile Library), where he’ll be presenting short performances on Saturday 22 June at 5.55pm and on Sunday 23 June at 6pm on the King Charles Lawn at the Old Royal Naval College.
Watch this space for further blogs by Lemn as he captures the Festival spirit.