Olympic poet comes to Derry

Lemn Sissay will deliver a talk and poetry reading at VAC next Thursday. (120413JC3)
Lemn Sissay will deliver a talk and poetry reading at VAC next Thursday. (120413JC3)

Olympic poet, playwright and author Lemn Sissay will give a free lunchtime talk and poetry reading at Derry’s Verbal Arts Centre next Thursday, April 18, from 12.30pm - 1.30pm.

Lemn is an ambassador of the Letterbox Club through Booktrust Northern Ireland, offering educational support to children in care. This Derry event is a part of the Verbal Arts Centre’s Disobey Gravity programme for 2013 which promotes reading for enjoyment.

Lemn is author of five books of poetry and reads on stages throughout the world. His recent works include poetry commission, ‘Spark Catchers’ for the London 2012 Olympics. His radio documentary ‘A Child of the State’ talks of the struggles of growing up in care and how he related to fictional characters such as Oliver Twist and Cinderella. He emphasizes how important reading was for his development growing up, which is the ethos of the Letterbox Club and the Disobey Gravity programme.

Catherine McGrotty, VAC, says: “Through Disobey Gravity, a culture of sharing literature and stories can be created, transforming the city around us.” For more on this event, email: festivals@verbalartscentre.co.uk.