Lemn is the writer in residence at The Royal Festival Hall, has worked with jazz fusion groups and performed on Leftism by Leftfield.
He is the author of four poetry collections: Tender Fingers in a Clenched Fist (1988); Rebel Without Applause (1992); Morning Breaks in the Elevator (1999) and The Emperor’s Watchmaker (2000). He is also the editor of The Fire People: A Collection of Contemporary Black British Poets (1998) and his work has appeared in many anthologies.
His stage plays are Chaos By Design (1994), Storm (2003), and Something Dark (2005). Examples of his television explorations include a 6-part jazz series for BBC2, and in 2004 he presented the first National Poetry Slam in 2005 and The New Brit for the BBC (2002). His work has featured in various short films including the British Film Institute Channel Four Films sponsored The Elevator, featuring Gary Lewis.
A documentary about Lemn’s extraordinary life and search for his father, Internal Flight, was broadcast on the award winning “Picture This” series on BBC2 (1996). The World Service made a half hour documentary on his life in 2004 called “African Perspectives”. He has been commissioned to write poems by various bodies including the World Service, and his work has become public art, particularly in Manchester, where his poems appear on buildings and in the streets. They have become landmarks.
He makes a couple of documentaries per year with BBC Radio 4. Lemn Sissay reads his work around the world and has made various recordings. The Independent on Sunday says of his work: ‘His poems are the songs of the street, declamatory, imaginative, hard-hitting …’
This event is part of Norfolk Black History Month. Look out for a full programme of theatre, dance, visual arts, seminars, poetry and music being promoted by Norfolk Education and Action for Development and Norwich and Norfolk Racial Equality Council. Also visit the website for full details and up-to-date listings: www.norfolkblackhistorymonth.org.uk
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