Lemn Sissay is the face of new Channel 4 show Superkids.
Superkids is a one-off documentary that investigates the life of children and teenagers living in care homes.
Airing at 10 pm on Wednesday, November 28th, here’s everything you need to know about presenter Lemn Sissay.
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Who is Lemn Sissay?
Lemn Sissay is a 51-year-old author and broadcaster.
His most famous work includes books and poems, such as Rebel Without Applause, Refugee Boy and Why I Don’t Hate White People.
Lemn has been serving as Chancellor of the University of Manchester for almost 10 years and received an MBE from the Queen for Services to Literature.
Why is he Presenting Superkids?
Lemn has a very personal connection to the story of Superkids, which focuses on young people who are in the care of the council.
His mother had given him up for adoption shortly after arriving from Ethiopia, giving birth at Billinge Hospital, near Wigan, in 1967.
Lemn then spent the next 18 years bouncing between foster families, children’s homes and assessment centres before moving to Manchester on his own.
He eventually met his birth mother at the age of 21.
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What Else do We Know?
Lemn sets out to improve the lives of those in care by helping them to express their experiences through written stories and poetry – just like he did.
Speaking of his documentary, Lemn told the Financial Times:
You can learn more about a child through a poem they’ve written than any report. I can’t wait to hear their truth!
WATCH SUPERKIDS: BREAKING AWAY FROM CARE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH, ON CHANNEL 4 AT 10 PM.