Lemn Sissay: My Name is Why

Literature at Storyhouse Running from
Last event: Thursday 21 November 2019 at 7.30pm
  • £15
    Aged Under 26 & care-experienced: £5
    (Each ticket is subject to a £1.50 booking fee)
  • Storyhouse Theatre

Part of: Chester Literature Festival

2018’s Chester Literature Festival Artist in Residence, whose words have been displayed across the building, joins us for a celebratory evening to mark the end of his residency and the publication of his memoir.


Lemn Sissay will be reading from his new memoir: the Sunday Times No.1 Bestselling My Name Is Why reflecting on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so exploring the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home. This is Lemn’s life story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.

Infused with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation’s best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely event is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.


Lemn Sissay MBE is a poet, playwright and broadcaster. He has read poetry all over the world and was awarded an MBE for services to literature. He is the Chancellor of The University of Manchester and was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics. He is a regular contributor to radio and TV and a prolific speaker, inspiring audiences on a daily basis across the globe.

£5 tickets available for Under 26s and those who have experienced the care system.


Approx 60 mins

Time details

Inc. Q&A

Festival Chester Literature Festival
Storyhouse Theatre

Storyhouse’s annual festival of words and ideas returns this coming autumn.