Lemn Sissay is Manchester's most high profile poet. He has worked extensively on radio, tv and on stage, both in the UK and abroad, with many famous names. He is familiar in Manchester through his poems which appear as murals, including this one on the south wall of Hardy's Well pub, on the corner of Dickenson Road and Wilmslow Road Rusholme. Lemn is of Ethiopian background and based in Manchester, but visits London once a week.
The poem begins:
Wait waterless wanderer whoever walks to the well will wade into a wonderful world..."
To find out more, visit his website www.lemnsissay.com
I met Lemn at the launch of Dave Haslam's third book 'Not Abba'. I found Lemn to be modest and down to earth, though quite hyperactive! He is a unique personality who has had gained success and widespread recognition in an area generally considered to be marginal - poetry.
Lemn Sissay Hardy's Well poem
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