Lemn Sissay returns for the release of his new book, My Name is Why: A Memoir to be released tomorrow on August 29th 2019.
At the age of 17, after a childhood in a fostered family, followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth certificate. He learned that his real name was not Norman. It was Lemn Sissay. He was British and Ethiopian. And he learned that his mother had been pleading for his safe return to her since his birth.
Lemn Sissay’s memoir reflects on childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home.
Further details on upcoming tour dates and location
3rd September 2019 - Special one-off event reading excerpts from My Name is Why: A Memoir at the Royal Court
4th September - December 2019- Book Tour
11th September 2019- My Name is Why - Lemn Sissay in conversation with Derek Owusu