EXPLORING SUPER ORIGINS
Canterbury’s Poet Laureate Lemn Sissay’s experience of care was not a positive one. Now a sought-after writer and Chancellor of the University of Manchester, he will be discussing the subject with someone else who has experience of the care system, Scottish Poet Laureate Jackie Kay, for an In Conversation night at the Marlowe Theatre on Thursday, March 29.
Jackie was born i n Scotland to a Scottish mother and Nigerian father, adopted and brought up by a white couple. Her first book of poetry, the partially autobiographical The Adoption Papers, was published i n 1991, dealing with i dentity, race, nationality, gender, and sexuality. In 2010 she published Red Dust Road, an account of her search for her biological parents.
The following night, on Friday, March 30, Lemn presents Origins, a preview performance of a new national tour, directed by award-winning radio producer Ed Morrish.
A comic and poetic l ook at the treatment of children raised i n care, orphans and foster children in popular culture, the show compares t hem with the reality. Batman, Superman and Lisbeth Salander from the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, were all orphans, while Cinderella was a foster child and Darth Vader - well...
The show explores the gap between fiction and reality, based on Lemn’s own experiences and those of some special guests. His Origin Stories was originally a BBC production for Radio 4.
Lemn Sissay is Canterbury’s Poet Laureate