Get up close to Lemn Sissay, GDIF writer in residence

Lemn Sissay 

Back in the 19th century Charles Dickens captured the energy of the Greenwich Fair in his Sketches by Boz. Lemn is our writer in residence at this year’s GDIF and will be soaking up the atmosphere of the Fair’s 21st century reinvention, capturing all the atmosphere, wonder and surprise of London’s largest annual outpouring of free, outdoor arts.

Lemn Sissay. Image by James Ross

Lemn Sissay is the author of five collections of poetry. Published by Canongate books his sculpture poem Gilt of Cain was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu. He has also written plays for stage and BBC radio.  For photos click here

He is the first poet to write for the Olympics 2012 and received an MBE from the Queen for Services to Literature. He is associate artist at the Southbank Centre, and an (hon) doctor of letters. Photo by Dominique Brewster. For a more detailed  biography click here

See below Lemn’s A Child of a State Tedx viedo about growing up as a foster kid!

Lemn will be at GDIF2013 from Friday 21 until Sunday 23 June. He will hold a short presentation on Saturday 22 June at 5.55pm and on Sun 23 June at 6pm Meet Lemn at the Festival!

Browse our full Festival programme including our Greenwich Fair and Island Fair  for full event listings!


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