Badilisha presents Lemn Sissay 2012

As Lemn promises on his blog, this evening at the Slave Church, “It’s gonna be full of fire and ice!”

Lemn Sissay is a poet and playwright. He’s an Associate Artist at Europe’s largest arts complex, the Southbank Centre. He’s the first poet commissioned to write for the 2012 Olympics. His poem “Spark Catchers”  is etched into a transformer on the Olympic site. He is an honorary Doctor of Letters. He curated the world’s first  Literature Festival of The Sea. His Landmark Poems are etched on landmarks throughout Manchester and London. In London they adorn the Royal Festival Hall and The City. His Landmark Poem Gilt of Cain, commissioned by the City of London, is  near Fenchurch St Station and was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu in 2006.

In 2010, Lemn  travelled to the Arctic with Jarvis Cocker, Laurie Anderson, Martha Wainwright, KT Tunstall,  Lesley Feist. He is featured in Burning Ice, the film of the voyage.