Lemn Sissay's poems are laid into the streets of downtown Manchester, feature on the side of a public house in the same city and have been emblazoned on a central London bus route. He has been published in press as diverse as the the Times Literary Supplement and the Independent to The Face and Dazed & Confused.
He has been commissioned to write poetry, documentaries and plays for Radio 1 and Radio 4. He has been involved in television in the roles of writing, performing and presenting. He is published in over sixty books and featured on the Leftfield album Leftism, which has sold over five million copies worldwide.
Rebel Without Applause is the collection that started everything for Lemn Sissay.
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Lemn Sissay was born in 1967. He has performed on Leftfield's Leftism album (over 100,000 copies sold in the UK), written the play Chaos by Design for Radio 4, and published a number of collections of poetry including Rebel Without Applause. He is also the editor of the highly acclaimed The Fire People, a collection of poetry by black British writers, published by Payback in 1998.Review:
Fierce, funny, serious, satirical, streetwise and tender (The Big Issue)
Striking style. . . One high point of his collection is 'Love Poem' - possibly the most poignant eleven words ever written. (Buzz)
His poems are the songs of the street, declamatory, imaginative,
hard-hitting: about mothers, supermarkets, dreams of Africa, getting
picked up by police for being black. . . mocking the limitations of the
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