Sissay OBE

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Lemn Sissay MBE is the author of several books of poetry alongside articles, records, public art, and plays. He was an official poet for the London Olympics. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London, in venues such as The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park. Sissay is an associate artist at the Southbank Centre, a patron of both the Letterbox Club and the Reader Organisation, an inaugural trustee of World Book Night, a Trustee of the Foundling Museum and a Chancellor of the University of Manchester. Sissay received an MBE from HM Queen Elizabeth II for services to literature and an honorary doctorate from University of Huddersfield, who run The Sissay Scholarship for care leavers, the first scholarship of its kind in the United Kingdom. His collected poems were published with Canongate Books as Gold From The Stone. His bestselling memoir, My Name Is Why, was published in August 2019 by Canongate Books. Lemn was awared an OBE for services to literature and charity in June 2021.

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