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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

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