Christopher Eccleston in Conversation with Lemn Sissay

Bradford Literature Festival present's a unique insight into the lives and experiences of two of our most loved and respected Northern artists - actor Christopher Eccleston and poet Lemn Sissay.


Sunday 5th July, 2020 @ 9:00 am

  • In Conversation


About the Event

Known for roles in award-winning shows such as Our Friends in the North and Dr Who, as well as films like 28 Days Later and Gone in 60 Seconds, Christopher Eccleston is one of the UK’s best loved stars of stage and screen.

Lemn Sissay MBE is a BAFTA nominated International prize-winning author, poet and playwright. Roles such as the official poet of the London 2012 Olympics have solidified Sissay as one of Britains most recognisable poetic voices.

Both Eccleston and Sissay were born and raised in working class households in the north of England in the 1960’s. Eccleston’s autobiography I Love the Bones of You and Sissay’s My Name Is Why were both published to critical acclaim in 2019.

Here we present a unique insight into the lives and experiences of two of our most loved and respected Northern artists, both of whom have overcome great hardship to join us here and tell their stories.

Available to stream on demand from Sunday 5th July, as part of Bradford Literature Festival's Digital Programme.

About the Book

My Name Is Why
My Name Is Why

Lemn Sissay

Publisher:Canongate Books Ltd

Publication date:26 Apr 2019


4.35 out of 5
10 reviews
"a searing memoir about being brought up in care"
The Times
"It is sensational stuff told with an elegant restraint that leaves the reader feeling some of the hurt, bewilderment and anger that he has endured"
The Sunday Times
"a searing and unforgettable re-creation of the most brutal of beginnings"
The Guardian
"a story of neglect, cruelty and, of course, immense courage"
Daily Mail
"a searing chronicle"
The Guardian
"A beautiful, sometimes heart-breaking but also helpful story"
"a powerful memoir of a childhood in the care system"
New Statesman
"a powerful indictment of our care system"
Literary Review
"an extraordinary story"
The Sunday Times
"a memoir that is both heartbreaking and inspiring"
The Bookseller

A memoir with a message - about growing up in care and finding hope, determination and creativity - from British poet and national treasure Lemn Sissay