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Manchester High School for Girls


On Friday 6th October, a group of Year 9 students visited the University of Manchester to listen to a lecture by acclaimed poet, Lemn Sissay.

The trip was organised as part of the girls’ English lessons, and students heard Lemn Sissay give an insight into his extraordinary life, and how writing poetry had helped him through some very difficult times. 

Lemn Sissay talked about his work during a special lecture  at the University of Manchester.

Thaejus explained: “Lemn Sissay told us how his mother was taken away from him at birth, and how his subsequent foster parents abandoned him at the age of 12. It was such a sad but poignant story;  he continued to describe that poetry was the voice through which he could describe how he really felt.

“Being a lover of poetry myself, his words rang true with me as I believe rhymes and rhythm are a beautiful way of getting your feelings across. It was an extremely insightful and eye-opening lecture.”

Abigail added: “Poetry obviously means a lot to Lemn Sissay, and it was fascinating to hear how he channelled his emotions into his work. Poetry has always been something I have enjoyed, and this talk has shown me that poetry really is important; its influence is everywhere. The lecture definitely gave me a spark to read more poetry and have a go at writing it, too. ”