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My name is why : a memoir / Lemn Sissay.

My name is why : a memoir / Lemn Sissay.
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ISBN 9781786892348 (hardback)
Author Sissay, Lemn, 1968- author.
Title My name is why : a memoir / Lemn Sissay.
Publisher/Date Edinburgh : Canongate, 2019.
Pagination etc. 193 pages : illustrations, portraits, facsimiles ; 23 cm.
Summary Note A memoir with a message - about growing up in care and finding hope, determination and creativity - from British poet and national treasure Lemn Sissay. At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a fostered family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth certificate. He learned that his real name was not Norman. It was Lemn Sissay. He was British and Ethiopian. And he learned that his mother had been pleading for his safe return to her since his birth. This is Lemn's story; a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph. Sissay reflects on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home. Written with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation's best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely memoir is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.
Subject - Name Sissay, Lemn, -- 1968-
Sissay, Lemn, -- 1968- Childhood and youth
Subject Poets, English -- 20th century -- Biography
Poets, Black -- Biography
Children -- Institutional care -- Great Britain -- Biography
Shelf Location 821.92 SISS
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