The first collection of poetry from the explosively talented author of Gold from the Stone
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.
“His poems are the songs of the street, declamatory, imaginative,hard-hitting: about mothers, supermarkets, dreams of Africa, gettingpicked up by police for being black… mocking the limitations of themocker”
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“He’s a lyrical genius that’s causing a storm across the country.”
“Striking style… One high point of his collection is ‘Love Poem’ - possibly the most poignant eleven words ever written.”
“Fierce, funny, serious, satirical, streetwise and tender”
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Lemn Sissay is an award-winning writer and popular broadcaster as well as being the author of five poetry books. He was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Huddersfield and the University of Manchester. He was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to literature. He was the official poet for the London 2012 Olympics. He has worked throughout the world and is patron of the Letterbox Club, supporting children in care. His Landmark poems can be found in London, Manchester, Huddersfield and Addis Ababa. In 2015 he was appointed Chancellor of the University of Manchester. He is British and Ethiopian.
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