Brighton Festival Guest Director, acclaimed British and Ethiopian poet and playwright, Lemn Sissay MBE hosts a live online reading and discussion around his best-selling memoir, My Name is Why. Lemn will reflect on a childhood in foster care, self-expression and Britishness with questions invited from the public.
Eritrean born Hannah Azieb Pool is Artistic Director and CEO of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. She has written for many international publications including The Guardian, The Times, Stylist and Vogue Magazine UK, and is the author of Fashion Cities Africa and My Fathers’ Daughter.
“The cancellation of Brighton Festival is a huge blow for us all but it’s also inevitable given the severity of what we all face. I believe artists have a gift to offer and the creativity that is in us all reminds us of the preciousness and beauty of life. Let’s cherish that now and emerge from this with renewed humanity and strength.” Lemn Sissay, Brighton Festival Guest Director
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