Gold from the Stone

Gold from the Stone : New and Selected Poems

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Lemn Sissay was seventeen when he wrote his first poetry book, which he hand-sold to the miners and mill workers of Wigan. Since then his poems have become landmarks, sculpted in granite and built from concrete, recorded on era-defining albums and declaimed in over thirty countries. He has performed to thousands of football fans at the FA Cup Final, to hundreds of thousands as the poet of the 2012 Olympics, and to millions across our TV screens and the airwaves of BBC Radio. He has become one of the nation's best-loved more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 25mm | 332g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1782119094
  • 9781782119098
  • 139,308

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Lemn Sissay is a passionate and powerful voice whose performances are humbling and exhilarating -- Kate Tempest One of the most original, challenging poets writing in Britain today, and his extraordinary, heart-breaking, courageous life story is the stuff of legend ... The collection showcases his breadth, his passion, his anger and his humanity ... Full of light and hope ... A prodigious talent * Daily Mail, Poetry of the Year * A tremendous selection of his poetry ... His gift as a writer - of plays, poetry, documentaries - is for turning life's base metal into gold * Observer * This volume of selected and new poems traces [Sissay's] path from gifted adolescent to accomplished poetic voice, railing with passion and prowess against the "quiet violence of the day-to-day" * Financial Times * Hugely enjoyable, inventive, funny and touching * Guardian * A literary institution * Big Issue * A lyrical genius * The Voice * His name is magic, his poems are songs on the street * Independent *show more

About Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay is an award-winning writer and popular broadcaster as well as being the author of five poetry books. He was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Huddersfield and the University of Manchester. He was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to literature. He was the official poet for the London 2012 Olympics. He has worked throughout the world and is patron of the Letterbox Club, supporting children in care. His work in the Arctic has featured at the Royal Academy and in galleries throughout the world. His Landmark poems can be found in London, Manchester, Huddersfield and Addis Ababa. In 2015 he was appointed Chancellor of the University of Manchester. He is British and more

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Lemn Sissay is a passionate and powerful voice whose performances are humbling and exhilarating Kate Tempestshow more