Lemn Sisay, the Child of The British State, released his first book of poetry in 1988 at the age of 21, and since the age of 24, he has been a full-time writer, performing internationally. In 1995, he made the BBC documentary Internal Flight about his life. In 2006, he won the UK Commission for Racial Equality’s Race in the Media award.
In 2007, Lemn Sisay was appointed artist-in-residence at London’s Southbank Centre. He was the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics. He was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Huddersfield in 2009 and was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours. In June 2015, Lemn Sisay was elected as Chancellor of the University of Manchester for a seven-year term.