Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay

Who is Lemn Sissay?

Lemn Sissay is an English author and broadcaster and also a poet. He is a patron of the Letterbox Club in the British Council, supporting children in care. He is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4's program Saturday Live. He became the patron of ALL FM 96.9 Community Radio in Manchester in 2015. Lemn Sissay is considered as one of the most talented English writers. His Instagram account is @sissaylemn and has 14.9K followers. His twitter account is @lemnsissay and has 70.7K followers. 

Famous For 

  • Current Chancellor of the University of Manchester
  • for writing a number of books and plays such as "Tender Fingers in a Clenched Fist", "Rebel Without Applause", "Skeletons in the Cupboard", "Don't Look Down" (1993) and others. 

Early Life of Lemn Sissay 

Lemn Sissay was born on 21 May 1967 in Billinge Hospital, near Wigan, Lancashire Higher End, England, UK. He holds an English nationality and belongs to Black ethnicity. His zodiac sign is Gemini. His mother was a student at the time of his birth who had come from Ethiopia to study in Bracknell  City, England. Lemn Sissay was grown up as an orphan in a foster care family. With no surrogate family or birth family, upon leaving the care system he was given his birth certificate, showing the name of his mother, Yemarshet Sissay, and his own legal name, Lemn Sissay. 

Career of Lemn Sissay 

  • Lemn Siaay began his career at the age of 19 workings as a literature development worker at Commonword, a community publishing cooperative in Manchester.
  • Sissay released his first book of poetry at the age of 21 in 1988.
  • From the age of 24, he began performing internationally as a full-time writer.
  • He made the BBC documentary Internal Flight about his life in 1995.
  • In 2006, he was adapted for BBC Radio 3.
  •  Sissay was appointed as a Fellow of the Foundling Museum in 2014.
  •   In June 2015, Sissay was elected as chancellor of the University of Manchester for a seven-year term.
  • Sissay joined the Foundling Museum's board of trustees in April 2017.
  • Currently, as a radio broadcaster, he makes documentaries for the BBC. 

Awards and Achievement of Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay won the UK Commission for Racial Equality's Race in the Media Award (RIMA) in 2006. Sissay was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Huddersfield in 2009 and was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.  He won the 2019 PEN Pinter Prize in June 2019. 

Body Measurement of Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay is a good looking man with Average build body physique. He stands approximately between 5 ft 5 inches-5 ft 6 inches and weighs 61 kg. He has a Buzzcut hairstyle with clean and shaved facial hair. He has a straight sexual orientation. His hair color and eye color both are black. 

Net Worth of Lemn Sissay 

As of 2020, The net worth of Lemn Sissay is estimated to be more than the US $2 million, His primary income sources include his book writing career and as BBC Broadcaster. As a BBC Broadcaster, he earns between £25,069 - £50,000 per year. He also earns a decent amount of money by being a book writer. 

10 Real Facts of Lemn Sissay 

1. Sissay spend his early teens in a total of four children's homes when he was between the ages of 12 and 17. 

2. At the age of 17, Lemn self-publish his first poetry pamphlet "Perceptions of the Pen" and sold to striking miners in Lancashire. 

3. After a long search, Sissay met his birth mother when he was 21. 

4. When he was 18 years old he moved from Atherton to the city of Manchester.

5. He was the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics. 

6. He was nominated for two Sony Awards in 2008. 

7. He was appointed as artist-in-residence at London's Southbank Centre. 

8.  He became the patron of theatre company 20 Stories High, based in Toxteth, Liverpool in 2016. 

9. Norman Goldthorpe, a social worker assigned to his mother by Wigan Social Services, found foster parents for Sissay. 

10. He was born to an Ethiopian mother. 

Lemn Sissay
Quick Facts of Lemn Sissay
Celebrated Name Lemn Sissay
Age 32 years old
Nick Name Lemn Sissay
Birth Name Lemn Sissay
Birth Date 1987-11-08
Gender Male
Profession Author
Nationality English
Birth Nation England, UK
Place of Birth Wigan, Lancashire Higher End,England, UK
Ethnicity Black
Famous for Current Chancellor of the University of Manchester
Residence London
Horoscope Gemini
Mother Yemarshet Sissay
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Unmarried
Height 5 ft 5 inches-5 ft 6 inches (Approx.)
Weight 61 Kg
Hair Style Buzz cut
Bearded Style Shaved and cleaned
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Net Worth More than US $2 million
Salary $50K-$70K per year
Sources of Wealth Book writer, BBC Broadcaster
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