GOLD FROM THE STONE
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 20.00
Join one of Britain’s most popular and celebrated poets, renowned for his strong, lyrical work on social and family themes, as he talks about his life and performs his poems. Lemn Sissay was the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics and the 2015 FA Cup and is currently Chancellor of the University of Manchester. Made an MBE in 2010, his radio appearance on Desert Island Discs, when he spoke about his experiences of emotional and racial abuse as a foster child in the UK care system and his search for his Ethiopian birth mother, is regarded as one of the most moving in the programme’s long history.
When he was 21, The Guardian newspaper heralded the arrival of his first book Tender Fingers in a Clenched Fist: ‘Lemn Sissay has Success written all over his forehead’.
Lemn Sissay is the author of a series of books of poetry alongside articles, records, broadcasts, public art, commissions and plays. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London and include Gilt of Cain near Fenchurch St Station, which commemorates the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade and was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu.
Sissay describes dawn in one tweet every day, his Morning Tweets. One Morning Tweet became the award-winning building MVMNT Café. It is the only building in the world built below a tweet.
His award-winning one-man play Something Dark has been performed throughout the world. A BBC TV documentary Internal Flight and a radio documentary Child of the State were broadcast about his life and his TED Talk has had close to a million views. Sissay’s television appearances include The South Bank Show and the BBC series Grumpy Old Men and he is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.
Lemn Sissay is Associate Artist at London’s Southbank Centre, Patron of The Letterbox Club supporting children in care, Ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, Trustee of the Forward Arts Foundation and the Foundling Museum, inaugural Trustee of World Book Night and an Honorary Doctor of Letters.
Lemn Sissay will also present the prizes in the first Jersey Festival of Words Poetry Competition.
EVENT SPONSORED BY LE GALLAIS SELF STORAGE
Reflections of D-Day
OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 15.00 – 16.00
Jersey born poet Juliette Hart has been published in many anthologies. She has read her poems in London (at the Troubadour Cafe and Torriano Meeting House) on BBC Radio, at the Branchage Film Festival, the Folklore Festival and at many island venues (including The War Tunnels and Mont Orgueil Castle). Her poems have been displayed on buses in Guernsey and she has exhibited at the Jersey Arts Centre.
Juliette has visited the Normandy landing beaches, cemeteries and museums several times with veterans who have inspired her collection of poetry – Reflections of D-Day. Historical events come to life through the personal experiences of the veterans. She will read poems from the collection with a backdrop of photographs taken in Normandy.
From Mersey to Jersey
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE (STUDIO) / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 16.45 – 17.45
‘From Mersey To Jersey and the lyrics of 1967’
Fifty years ago a collection of poetry called The Mersey Sound was published, with work from Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri. It was hugely popular (a poetry anthology selling 500,000 is unusual, even if you are Seamus Heaney) and the accessibility of the poems helped create an environment for performance poetry that still endures. As a tribute a gang of local poets have been dragged from their desks to create similarly accessible verses inspired by that collection. Featuring readings from The Mersey Sound, original material from Island poets including Linda Rose Parkes, Geraint Jennings and Nicky Mesch, and a quick discussion on why song lyrics are almost always dreadful when stripped of their musical backing.