Fire At Sessay

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His strongly religious foster parents wanted to name him Mark after the Christian evangelist Mark and give him their surname, Greenwood.

When Sissay was 12 years old, after his foster parents had had three children of their own, they placed him into a children's home and said neither they nor any of their family would contact him again.

The initiative, part of the university's School of Law's Black Lawyers Matter project, was created after it was found that "out of some 1,200 undergraduates, only 14 UK-based Black males of African and Caribbean heritage were registered on law and criminology courses, and of these none were from lower socio-economic backgrounds".

In the same year, he staged a one-off show entitled The Report, based on a psychologist's report about Sissay's early life and how it affected him.

Sissay was born in Billinge Hospital, near Wigan, Lancashire, in 1967.

Goldthorpe named Sissay "Norman" and gave him to foster parents, telling them to treat it as an adoption.

From the ages of 12 to 17, Sissay was held in a total of four children's homes.

With no surrogate family or birth family, upon leaving the care system he was given his birth certificate, showing the name of his mother, Yemarshet Sissay, and his own legal name, Lemn Sissay.

He said: "I’ve always loved All Fm, partly because it's such diverse radio (with shows in Urdu, Polish, Somali, Persian, Cantonese and more), but also because it played ‘Architecture’ (Bertallot & Mo-Dus Remix), which I'd lost and the All Fm DJ sent me a copy." Lemn’s poems are read frequently on All Fm and one of its older presenters, Li, aged 84, translated and read his poem "Invisible Kisses" in Mandarin and English.

She said: "I love his poetry because it is so moving and not skin-deep." In June 2015, Sissay was elected as Chancellor of the University of Manchester for a seven-year term by university staff, registered alumni and members of the General Assembly.


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