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Lemn Sissay:
A child of the state

TEDxHousesOfParliament · 15:17 · Filmed Jun 2012
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Lemn Sissay: A child of the state
15:17 · Filmed June 2012 at TEDxHousesOfParliament · Subtitles available in 25 languages

Literature has long been fascinated with fostered, adopted and orphaned children, from Moses to Cinderella to Oliver Twist to Harry Potter. So why do many parentless children feel compelled to hide their pasts? Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay tells his own moving story. (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)

Poet and playwright
An award-winning playwright and popular broadcaster in the UK, as well as the author of five poetry books, Lemn Sissay has a way with words. Full bio
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