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Conference Tasters #3: Lemn Sissay

Written by The Reader, 20th April 2012

It's time for another taster of what you can expect from the speakers at our forthcoming National Conference. You've already heard from Professor Jonathan Rose and Erwin James, so now it's the turn of Lemn Sissay, award-winning poet.

One of the official Olympic poets for 2012, Lemn is also associate artist at the Southbank Centre and was awarded an MBE in 2010. He recently became a patron of The Reader Organisation and will be appearing on the panel discussing 'Literature and Children's Wellbeing' on Day One. As someone who spent 17 years growing up in the care system, Lemn is passionate about improving the lives of Looked After Children through initiatives such as our own Get Into Reading project.

He will also be appearing in conversation with TRO's Jane Davis at Day Two of our conference, a day exclusively designed for those who have completed our Read to Lead training.

Here's a preview of his thoughts:

What is the last book you read that moved you?

A Love Letter from a Stray Moon by Jay Griffiths

Why are you interested in what The Reader Organisation does?

The Reader Organisation releases the true life changing power of the intimate act of reading. 

To hear more from Lemn Sissay and our work with young people, book your place now for The Reader Organisation's National Conference, 17th-18th May 2012, British Library, London. Visit our website to register and for more details about the programme.

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