Lemn Sissay Biography – British author and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay was born on May 21, 1967, in Higher End, Wigan, Lancashire in the United Kingdom.
|Date of Birth:||May 21, 1967|
|Net Worth:||$1 million – $5 million|
Lemn Sissay Nationality
Sissay was born in High End, Wigan, Lancashire in the United Kingdom. He was born to Ethiopian parents but his family came to England before he was born. He is British.
Lemn Sissay Age
Sissay was born on May 21, 1967, hence he is currently 56 years of age as of 2023.
Lemn Sissay’s Height and Weight
Sissay stands at a height of 5ft 6 inches or 167 centimeters/1.67 meters and weighs 61kg.
Lemn Sissay’s Family and Siblings
Sissay was born to Yemarshet Sissay and Giddey Estifanos. He shares the same parents as his elder brother, Christopher Sissay.
Lemn Sissay’s Educational Background
Sissay attended Byrchall High School. We have no details about the college he attended after graduating from high school.
Lemn Sissay Career
At the age of twenty-one, Sissay published his first collection of poetry in 1988. Since then, he has written full-time and given readings all over the world.
He recorded a BBC documentary about his life, Internal Flight, in 1995. His 2006 BBC Radio 3 adaptation of his drama Something Dark, which explores his search for his family, won the UK Commission for Racial Equality’s Race in the Media Award (RIMA).
At London’s Southbank Center, Sissay was named artist-in-residence in 2007. In addition to working with the British Council and serving as the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics, he is a patron of the Letterbox Club, which helps foster children.
His films have been screened at the British Film Institute and the Royal Academy. In 2009, the University of Huddersfield awarded Sissay an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree, and in the 2010 New Year’s Honours, he was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). Sissay was made a Fellow of the Foundling Museum in 2014.
Among Sissay’s TV credits are Grumpy Old Men on the BBC and The South Bank Show. He works for the BBC as a radio presenter and documentarian.
He frequently contributes to Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4, which received two Sony Award nominations in 2008. He participates on the BBC Book Panel as well.
Staff members, registered alumni, and General Assembly members chose Sissay to serve as chancellor of the University of Manchester for a seven-year term in June 2015.
Sissay became a trustee of the Foundling Museum in April 2017. It was revealed later that year that he would have a role in the Royal Court Theatre’s revival of Jim Cartwright’s 1986 play Road.
In an effort to encourage more black men to pursue careers in law and criminal justice, Sissay established a new bursary in September 2017 while serving as chancellor of the University of Manchester.
The assessment, a one-off play he produced that year, was based on a psychologist’s assessment of Sissay’s early upbringing and its impact on him.
In addition to his psychiatric diagnoses of alcohol use disorder, avoidant personality disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, the episode describes his experiences with social services, foster homes, abuse, and other issues.
In 2018, he filed a lawsuit against Wigan Council, which resulted in a six-figure settlement and an official apology to Sissay for the mistreatment he endured while in care.
Sissay was named the 2019 PEN Pinter Prize winner in June 2019. The prize is given to authors who present an “unflinching, unswerving” picture of the world.
Sissay joined the Booker Prize judging panel in January 2020, joining the chair Margaret Busby, Lee Child, Sameer Rahim, and Emily Wilson.
He was shown in the BBC Four Winter Walks series in December 2020, strolling across Dentdale in the direction of England’s tallest train station.
Sissay joined panelists Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, and Jo Brand on BBC One’s Have I Got News for You in May 2021. The show is presented by Romesh Ranganathan.
In recognition of his contributions to literature and charitable work, Sissay was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2021 Birthday Honours. In 2022, he was chosen as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Lemn Sissay Wife
As of the time of filing this report, Sissay is believed not to be married.
Lemn Sissay Children
Sissay has no children as of the time of filing this report.
Lemn Sissay Religion
Sissay is non-religious but he has said that he believes in the existence of a Supreme Being.
Lemn Sissay’s Net Worth
Sissay has a net worth estimated to be from about $1 million to $5 million as of 2023.