Lemn Sissay's Social Enterprise

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Lemn Sissay

Radio 4

Every year since 2013 the poet, broadcaster and author Lemn Sissay has arranged a Christmas dinner for people aged 18-25 who have left the care system and who, now, have no one to have Christmas dinner with. No one to give presents to or receive them from. No-one on the other end of the cracker.

This is not a charity. It isn't even an organisation. It's a project Lemn undertook because he understands how it feels: at age 18 he was released from the children's home and given an empty flat in Wigan, with no-one in the world who had known him for longer than a year.

Lemn Sissay’s Social Enterprise is a new four-part series for BBC Radio 4, in which he explores what these dinners have taught him about charity, social enterprise, and people, through stand-up, interview and poetry.

Tickets are strictly non-transferable. Photographic proof of ID must be shown. If you cannot provide this proof you will be refused entry. If your photo ID does not match the name on the ticket you will not be admitted. If you request two tickets because you are taking a guest along, that person will only be allowed in if they are accompanied by you.

Please take a look at our FAQ to see what type of photo ID is acceptable.

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that as not everyone who asks for tickets uses them, to make sure we have a full house we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people so please arrive early.

All information is correct at time of publication.

Monday25 November7.15pm
  • Chats Palace Arts Centre
  • This replaces the cancelled recording originally due to take place on Wednesday 27 November.

    This recording will comprise of two episodes with an interval.

  • Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Minimum age: 14
  • Maximum of 2 tickets per request
Wednesday27 November7.15pm
  • Chats Palace Arts Centre
  • This recording has been cancelled.

  • Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age: 14
  • Maximum of 2 tickets per request

Chats Palace Arts Centre

42–44 Brooksby’s Walk, London, E9 6DF

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