Mannington Book Bash: Lemn Sissay

The brilliant writer and speaker Lemn Sissay joins us to celebrate the launch of his brand new book.

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