Tickets on sale for Lemn Sissay keynote at University of Winchester Writers’ Festival 2017

17 May 2017
Lemn Sissay sitting on red chair

Tickets are now on sale to hear globally-acclaimed poet Lemn Sissay, MBE, speak at the University of Winchester Writers’ Festival next month (16-18 June 2017).

Lemn delivers the keynote address at the Festival on Saturday 17 June, joining a long list of distinguished writers including Lord Julian Fellowes, Sebastian Faulks, Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Morpurgo and Sir Terry Pratchett.
Judith Heneghan, Festival Director​ and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity to listen to one the most inspirational poets and best-loved voices of his generation. Lemn Sissay’s readings are always mesmerising and he speaks with great passion about the transformational power of language and story. I’m delighted to welcome him to the Festival in June.”
First and foremost a poet, Lemn’s published work encompasses his latest collection Gold from the Stone along with numerous articles, records, broadcasts, public art, commissions and plays.
His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London and his award-winning play Something Dark has been performed throughout the world. Recent broadcasts include Lemn Sissay’s Origin Stories on BBC Radio Four. 
As well as a passionate advocate for care leavers, Lemn is associate artist at Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation and inaugural trustee of World Book Night. 
Lemn Sissay’s talk takes place at 9am on Saturday 17 June in the Stripe Auditorium, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR. A book signing will be held after the keynote.
Tickets cost £12 (to include coffee) and are available to book online at this link

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