By KLTV Newsdesk –
The Huddersfield Literature Festival is set to host an electrifying poetry performance and Q&A session with Festival Patron Lemn Sissay OBE, marking the launch of his latest collection, “Let the Light Pour In.”
Taking place at the Lawrence Batley Theatre on Friday 29 September, this highly anticipated event will also include a book signing, providing attendees with the unique opportunity to engage with the renowned poet and author.
For the past decade, Sissay has embarked on a daily ritual of hope, composing a short poem each morning at dawn. These poignant, often humorous, and profoundly insightful poems have served as a chronicle of his personal battle with darkness, fuelled by resilience and unwavering joy. “Let the Light Pour In” is a celebration of this morning practice, offering readers a selection of these life-affirming verses gathered together for the first time.
Lemn Sissay OBE is a multi-talented artist, excelling as a poet, playwright, memoirist, performer, and broadcaster. His literary contributions include several acclaimed poetry collections, such as “Gold from the Stone,” the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling memoir “My Name Is Why,” and the children’s book “Don’t Ask The Dragon,” beautifully illustrated by Gregg Stobbs.
Sissay’s literary prowess has not gone unnoticed, with accolades including The Pen Pinter Prize in 2019 and nominations and wins across various awards categories spanning his writing, TV documentaries, radio work, and plays. He holds the distinction of being the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics in 2012 and has also been involved in the music industry, collaborating with artists like Leftfield, Baaba Maal, and the BBC Proms.
In 2015, Sissay initiated legal proceedings against the government, highlighting critical errors made during the first 18 years of his life. The government ultimately settled out of court in 2018. His life journey was further illuminated in 2020 when the BBC series “imagine…” aired a two-part documentary titled “The Memory of Me.”
In 2021, Sissay was honoured with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his significant contributions to literature and charity. The University of Huddersfield recognized his achievements by awarding him an honorary doctorate and establishing the Lemn Sissay PhD scholarship for Care Leavers, underscoring his commitment to making a positive impact on society.
This event promises to be a not-to-be-missed opportunity to witness the brilliance of Lemn Sissay OBE, both as a writer and performer, as he shares his latest collection, “Let the Light Pour In,” and engages in a thought-provoking Q&A session with the audience. It is a celebration of resilience, hope, and the power of words, and attendees can look forward to an exceptional evening of literary inspiration.
Tickets start from £10 and can be purchased at the Lawrence Batley Theatre Box Office or online.