Lemn Sissay is a poet, actor, playwright and also Chancellor of the University of Manchester.
Sissay was the first poet commissioned to write for London Olympics. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London.
His Landmark Poem, “Guilt of Cain”, was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu in Fen Court near Fenchurch Street Station.
Lemn is an associate artist at Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation and inaugural trustee of World Book Night, and an honorary Doctor of Letters.
Sissay’s award-winning play Something Dark, directed by John McGrath, has been performed throughout the world and his stage adaptation of Benjamin Zephaniah’s novel Refugee Boy at West Yorkshire Playhouse toured Britain in 2014.