july, 2020

28jul19:30A Virtual Evening with Lemn Sissay - My Name is Why

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Join us for an evening with Lemn as he discusses his book just out in paperback My Name Is Why.

Ticket includes a paperback copy of the book. The first 300 customers to register will receive a signed copy with (book plate). Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5415935323678/WN_sZR0t8KHTQu5tCV8Phr3lw

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE
A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE TIMES, GUARDIAN, DAILY TELEGRAPH, SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER, NEW STATESMAN, METRO, DAILY MAIL, SUNDAY EXPRESS and HERALD

How does a government steal a child and then imprison him? How does it keep it a secret? This story is how.

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.

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(Tuesday) 19:30

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