Mannington Book Bash: Lemn Sissay

Friday 6th October

The opening night of the Book Bash continues with one of the great stars of contemporary writing — poet, memoirist and broadcaster Lemn Sissay.


His voice — both on and off the page — is known to millions. His recent radio series Lemn Sissay is The One and Only and Lemn Sissay’s Social Enterprise have both been runaway hits. His brand new poetry collection — Let The Light Pour In — will be published the week before his appearance here.

Lemn will be delivering a talk about the process of writing his latest work (composed over a decade!) as well as performing some poems. He’ll take questions from the audience and will be happy to sign books.

A bit about Lemn’s new book

Let The Light Pour In

For the past decade, Lemn Sissay has composed a short poem as dawn breaks each morning. Life-affirming, witty and full of wonder, these poems chronicle his own battle with the dark and are fuelled by resilience and defiant joy. Let the Light Pour In is a collection of the best of these poems, and a book celebrating this morning practice.

  • ‘How do you do it?’ said night
  • ‘How do you wake up and shine?’
  • ‘I keep it simple,’ said light

Date and time: Fri, 6 Oct 2023 20:00 – 21:30 BST

Location: Mannington Hall Mannington Hall Norwich NR11 7BB

Book Ticket here

Good to know

  • The event will start promptly at 20:00pm. The car park is a short walk from the event tent, so please arrive at Mannington Hall 15 minutes before. That way, you won’t be in a rush, and we’ll be able to get everyone seated comfortably in plenty of time.
  • This event will be suitable for people aged 12 and up.
  • Yes, Lemn’s book will be for sale! And yes, you can get your copy signed!
  • Your ticket grants you access to the grounds of Mannington (on the day of the event). Find out about the gardens, walks and wildlife on offer by visiting
  • For transport information, please visit
  • Any questions? or phone 01603 219268