from Let the Light Pour In

I will build an embassy
In your heart over time
There's a plot of land inside me
Build one in mine

© Lemn Sissay from Let the Light Pour In (Canongate, 2023)

A British Sign Language (BSL) Interpretation of the poem by Rinkoo Barpaga

from Let the Light Pour In
by Lemn Sissay
(Canongate, 2023)

credit: Hamish Brown

Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay is a BAFTA-nominated, award-winning writer and broadcaster. He has authored collections of poetry and plays and his memoir My Name Is Why was a number one Sunday Times bestseller. His Landmark poems are visible in London, Manchester, Huddersfield and Addis Ababa. He has been made an Honorary Doctor by the universities of Manchester, Kent, Essex, Huddersfield and Brunel, and in 2019 he was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. He received an MBE in 2010 and an OBE in 2021 for services to literature and charity. In 2023, Sissay was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. He is British and Ethiopian.