Whale Translation – By Lemn Sissay

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By Lemn Sissay, GDIF writer in residence   Whale Translation written by Lemn Sissay and read at Royal Naval College June 23rd at 6.15pm. Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2013. Lemn Sissay is our writer in residence at GDIF. Browse our full Festival programme including our Greenwich Fair and Island … Continue reading

Whale Translation reading on Sunday 5.55pm in Greenwich. By Lemn Sissay

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By Lemn Sissay, GDIF writer in residence   This is an excerpt,  the first verse, of  Whale Translation  which I will read today at 5.55pm by The actual Whale on Cutty Sark Gardens outside Royal Naval College.  The Whale  didn’t commit suicide … Continue reading

Take us to your reader

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By Lemn Sissay, GDIF writer in residence Lemn Sissay is our writer in residence at GDIF and he will be around throughout. Catch him at the mobile library next to The Great Greenwich Whale on King Charles Lawn at the Old Royal Naval College! … Continue reading

Street Theatre is Complete Theatre. Poetry. By Lemn Sissay

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By Lemn Sissay, GDIF writer in residence  Saturday 22 June 2013, GDIF It’s the poetry that surprises me. It’s embedded in this international festival of street theatre in Greenwich. Listen to the eloquent theatrics of the Bone Yard Tales.  Visually arresting. Yes. Theatrics. … Continue reading

Windrush Day in the festival spirit before the Supermoon. By Lemn Sissay

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By Lemn Sissay, GDIF writer in residence  Saturday 22 June 2013, GDIF It’s a beautiful morning for a festival. I’ll be in Greenwich  behind the Cutty Sark in the Mobile Library parked by The Whale in the grounds of The Naval College.  … Continue reading

The Whale Transported to The Royal Naval College at Cutty Sark by Lemn Sissay

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By Lemn Sissay, GDIF writer in residence   The Greenwich whale will  be  open to public view on  the lawns of the Royal Naval College where it will remain until 29 June as part of Greenwich Fair. Since fourteenth century  whales … Continue reading

Imagination or Fact by Lemn Sissay

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By Lemn Sissay, GDIF writer in residence Imagination and fact. One persons memory of an event is hardly ever the same as anothers. Who’s right?  Is it through a moral framework that  fact is seen as more real than  imagination? Through … Continue reading

“Whales Weep Not” – referenced by Lemn Sissay

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By Lemn Sissay, GDIF writer in residence “Whales Weep Not” performed by Dylan Thomas written by DH Lawrence “Metaphor is as close as human beings can be to their environment” – John Burnside. The Great Greenwich Whale  #GreenwichWhale #gdif2013 Lemn Sissay is our … Continue reading

Get up close to Lemn Sissay, GDIF writer in residence

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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 … Continue reading

“A Whale Of A Time” by Lemn Sissay

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By Lemn Sissay, GDIF writer in residence Maybe it’s the heat.  I’m in Greenwich.  And there’s a graceful bow of light and heat before the festival of street theatre begins. Everyone seems a little lighter here. So I walk out by The Cutty Sark to … Continue reading