Lemn Sissay at Cultureword’s 8th Black & Asian Writers Conference

Saturday 8th October 2016

Longtime friend of Contact and Manchester Literature Festival, award-winning poet and University of Manchester Chancellor, Lemn Sissay returns to headline a celebration of diversity in writing following Cultureword’s 8th annual Black and Asian Writers Conference.

One of the nation’s best-loved voices, Lemn is the author of several volumes of poetry alongside articles, public art and plays. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London and he is frequently broadcast on radio and television.

He will be performing a selection of new and favourite poems from his recent Canongate collection, Gold from the Stone.

The Independent said, ‘his name is magic, his poems are songs on the street.’

Lemn will be supported by competition-winning writers from Cultureword performing a series of short monologues about family and adoption.

The performances will be followed by an afterparty with music and an open mic stage.

Presented by Contact, Cultureword and Black Gold Arts Festival.


Show times

7pm – 7:45pm
Curtain raiser performance from Cultureword writers
Short monologues about family and adoption.

8pm – 9pm
Lemn Sissay

After-party with open mic

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