Lemn Sissay is a poet, writer and broadcaster. broadcaster. He is the author of 'My Name is Why' - a memoir about a childhood in care and the meaning of home.
Lemn is running a FREE ‘Tell me Something’ workshop TODAY, where we’ll explore today’s challenge at 1pm - 2pm (UK Time) via Zoom. There are a very limited amount of tickets left for this event - so be quick! The event will be BSL Interpreted and Captioned. Register to join here.
Here's Lemn to tell us more about today's challenge, click below to watch!
Video c/o Brighton Dome and Festival Ltd
“Whether it’s day or night, dark or light, come in. Throughout my life I’ve watched families, it’s like I’ve been watching windows from the outside, from a distance, because I’ve lived my life without a family.
Don’t worry, I’m okay, but it's true - and I saw how many people looked closer to their family throughout the pandemic, for better, and for worse.
I have always wanted to know about family from the inside. So I’m creating one from the inside, that connects us from across the globe. And it all starts with you - and your light. I want your answer to one heartfelt question - that you might tell me something about family. You can do it anonymously if you like, but your spark will shine and we will illuminate the planet with stories, phrases and sayings about family.”
Today, Lemn is inviting you to ‘Tell me Something about Family’. What does the word ‘family’ mean?You could think about a community that you are a part of (you are 1 of 64 Million Artists..!), you could think offriends, parents, siblings, neighbours, or your chosen family.
'Tell Me Something About Family' was originally part of the Brighton Festival 2021 and people all around the world added their stories of family to the world map. This amazing website is open again from the 16th - 31st January 2023, as part of The January Challenge. Upload your story and explore the growing family of lights!
“It doesn’t have to be positive, it doesn't have to be negative. Don’t worry if your mind goes blank……..mine does! Tell me something, anything - memories, things you’ve learned, the smells, the feels, the touch, the sound of home. It could be written in the form of a letter, you could write one line, or ten pages! The more specific the better. And when you’ve done. Share, if you like.”
Mae Lemn yn dy herio i ddweud rhywbeth – unrhyw beth – wrtho am y teulu.
"Dwed rywbeth wrtha i, unrhyw beth – atgofion, pethau ti wedi'u dysgu, yr arogleuon, pethau ti wedi'u cyffwrdd, pethau ti wedi'u teimlo, synau'r cartref. Mae posib ei sgwennu fel llythyr, gall fod yn un llinell, neu yn ddeg tudalen! Y mwyaf penodol, gora'n byd. Ac ar ôl ei wneud rhanna fo."
There is no pressure to complete the challenge everyday of the month, if simply reading the prompt brings new thoughts each day, or you create a physical response 31 days of the month, we encourage you to take part in a way that works best for you!