Lemn Sissay’s published his first poetry collection at the age of 21. Since then, his work has included seven more collections, eight plays, his Landmark Poem installations in Manchester and London, as well as collaborations with recording, visual and performance artists. He was the first Black Writers Development Worker in the North of England. He established Cultureword, where he developed, supported and published many new writers. He is associate artist at Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation and inaugural trustee of World Book Night.