Lemn Sissay


Lemn Sissay joined Cape Farewell on the 2008 Disko Bay Expedition, visiting the spectacular Disko Bay area of West Greenland with over 40 international artists, journalists and scientists.

Since the expedition Lemn has joined Cape Farewell at a series of events including the Cheltenham Science Festival and the London Literature Festival.

Lemn Sissay is a British author. His fifth book, Listener, will be out on Canongate Books in October. He wrote Advice For The Living the inspiration for a concerto at The BBC Proms in 2005, by composer Fraiser Trainer with violin solo by acclaimed Viktoria Mullova. On the other hand one of his pieces 21st century poem was on the award winning hit album Leftism by Leftfield. He was the youngest interviewee on BBC’s hit series Grumpy Old Men. In September Archbishop Desmond Tutu unveiled his poem The Gilt of Cain, a commissioned sculpture and poem by the City of London.

He also writes plays, his next called Why I Don’t Hate White People is at The Lyric Hammersmith in February 09. He’s been writer in residence in places such as Cambridge Literature festival, Belfast Literature Festival, Arizona State University and Southbank Centre, London.

He has performed poetry everywhere from Ronnie Scots in London to The Gammage Theatre in Arizona; From Hamburg University in Germany to St Petersburg in Russia; from Wigan Town Hall to Yaunda Cameroon; From Ruskin College in Oxford to Kings Cambridge. He has judged many awards but while on Cape Farewell he’s reading the final selection of Britian’s most prestigious prize in poetry The Forward Poetry Prize.

Something Dark (2006) was adapted for BBC Radio 3 and won the RIMA award. He s a regular contributor to Radio Four’s Saturday Live and occasionally makes radio documentary.

Iceberg through the porthole of the Grigory Mikheev in Disko Bay
Icebergs photographed from the deck of the Grigory Mikheev as we approach Disko Bay
Lemn Sissay near the mouth of the Sermeq Avangnardleq Glacier
Geoscientist Carol Cotterill looks at layers of sediments under the sea bed in Disko Bay in the survey profiles completed during the expedition
Walking on Little Eqe, near the mouth of the Disko Bay ice fjord
Justifying Bad Behaviour, an artwork by Francesca Galeazzi created during the expedition
Godhavn shore littered with ice
Uummannaq, the most northerly settlement we visited during the expedition
Ryuichi Sakamoto records sound at the mouth of Sermeg Avangnardleq Glacier
David Buckland, Martha Wainwright, KT Tunstall, Jarvis Cocker, Feist and Vanessa Carlton
Oceanographer Emily Venables deploys the Argo float, a remote unit programmed to follow and monitor the West Greenland Current
Artwork by Sunand Prasad visualising the volume of one tonne of CO2, the average emission per person per month in the UK
KT Tunstall and Oceanographer Emily Venables review maps of the Disko Bay area during the expedition
Disko Bay

Lemn Sissay near the mouth of the Sermeq Avangnardleq Glacier.