Lemn Sissay

Season 6, Episode 16

Poet Lemn Sissay joins Robin and Josie this week to talk about his first major acting role, being a poet as a full time job, some of his early poetry inspirations including Oku Onuora, Grace Nichols and Langston Hughes and the rise of great young, new poets such as Kate Tempest.

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Reading List

Lemn recommends:

Road by Jim Cartwright

The poetry of David Knopfler

The poetry of Linton Kwesi Johnson

Tender Fingers in a Clenched Fist by Lemn Sissay

Evidently Chickentown by John Cooper Clarke

The International Poetry Incarnation by Allen Ginsberg, Adrian Mitchell, Michael Hortovitz and others

Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest

The Mersey Sound poetry anthology

The work of Billy Childish

The poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah

The poetry of John Agard

God is in the House by Nick Cave

The poetry of George Spender

The poetry of Oku Onuora

The poetry of Valerie Bloom

The poetry of Grace Nichols

The poetry of Langston Hughes

The work of Gil Scott-Heron

The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson

The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcom X and Alex Haley

The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton

The Bible

Josie recommends:

Taboo by Kim Scott

How to Become Ridiculously Well-read in One Evening by E.O. Parrott

The Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante

Forever by Judy Blume

Robin recommends:

The work of John Hegley

The Monkey’s Mask by Dorothy Porter

Something Dark by Lemn Sissay

The poetry of Linton Kwesi Johnson

From Her to Eternity by Nick Cave

The Beast Within by Émile Zola

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Hoan Lindsay

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore

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