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Lemn Sissay - Episode Two

Lemn Sissay's writings are a source of inspiration to huge numbers of people around the world. From poems on the walls and buildings to the contemplative dawn verses.

Lemn Sissay's writings are a source of inspiration to huge numbers of people around the world. From poems on the walls and buildings to the contemplative dawn verses published each morning on social media, his words bring solace and light to readers everywhere. Following the publication of his memoir My Name Is Why, he tells Alan Yentob what it was like to grow up as the only black child in a sleepy market town outside Wigan in the UK in the 1970s. Before being catapulted into the care system at the dawn of the 1980s, he was separated from his foster family at the age of 12 and left to fend for himself. His journey since has been one of discovery: learning not just that his name was Lemn, but that his parents were Ethiopian, a country he returns to on this journey to find out more about his roots.

Featuring contributions from some of the well-known names Lemn has shared the stage with, such as Benjamin Zephaniah, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Steve Coogan and Julie Hesmondhalgh, as well as his network of friends and supporters from his years in care, this is the story of the boy whose name meant Why.

26 minutes

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Last Wednesday 16:30GMT

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Alan Yentob
Interviewed Guest Lemn Sissay
Director John O'Rourke
Producer John O'Rourke
Executive Producer Tanya Hudson
Series Editor Alan Yentob

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