Poet Lemm Sissay on growing up in care

Sunday 22nd November 2020 by Pauline Crabtree

The author and poet Lemn Sissay has spoken about being abandoned by his foster parents at the age of 12.

He told the Today programme how his childhood mischief was seen as “evil working within me” and that his foster parents said he didn’t love them.

Sissay was born in Wigan near a home for pregnant unmarried women – and grew up in the care system.

Published 27 August 2019 | BBC | Entertainment & Arts

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