Lemn will be talking about his memoir My name is Why. How does a government steal a child and then imprison him? At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a foster family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth certificate. He learned that his real name was not Norman. It was Lemn Sissay. He was British and Ethiopian. And he learned that his mother had been pleading for his safe return to her since his birth.

There are many resonances for Hannah whose captivating memoir My Fathers’ Daughter is a powerful, intimate account of how of Eritrean-British journalist, Hannah-Azieb Pool returned to Eritrea at the age of 30 to meet her family for the first time. Given a letter in her twenties unravelling everything she knew about her life Hannah embarked on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery, which unfolds when Hannah travelled to Eritrea to uncover her own story.

Chaired by Dr Eleanor Spencer-Regan, Durham University

         

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