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24 January 2016 @ 08:09 pm
Lemn Sissay: Inspire and be Inspired  
Lemn Sissay is a Manchester poet, possibly best known for writing poems on the walls of pubs, included the beleagured pub on the corner near us. B. did not support his bid to become Chancellor of the University, opting for someone more scientific and straightforwardly academic. However our neighbours (the Manchester Museum and Art Gallery Mafia) supported his successful bid and we've seen him several times since and can't fault his ability to say the right thing at the right occasion. This video he made for the university is a case in point.


EDIT: Actually "right thing at the right occasion" sounds rather false. It's his ability to eloquently express something that an event or organisation is, ideally, striving towards that is impressive.

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wellinghallwellinghall on January 24th, 2016 09:18 pm (UTC)
He does seem to have a way with words, at least.
louisedennislouisedennis on January 24th, 2016 09:20 pm (UTC)
Handy if one makes one living from being a poet!
wellinghallwellinghall on January 24th, 2016 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, I realised as I was writing it that it was a fairly obvious thing to say (but it's late-ish, and I'm tired and family-stressed, and couldn't immediately think of a better way to put it).
louisedennis: hugslouisedennis on January 24th, 2016 09:26 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
wellinghall: Beech martenwellinghall on January 24th, 2016 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you. *hugs back*

(I appreciate the icon, too).
fredbassettfredbassett on January 24th, 2016 09:20 pm (UTC)
Better than electing Mandelson! That bloody man should have gone to prison for mortgagee fraud.
louisedennislouisedennis on January 24th, 2016 09:21 pm (UTC)
My impression is that Sissay genuinely cares about both Manchester and Manchester University and a gifted poet with those attributes is not to be sneezed at.
fredbassettfredbassett on January 24th, 2016 09:24 pm (UTC)
Indeed. And he seems honest, which is more than Mandelson is.

Bristol is electing a new Chancellor this year as well. Brenda Hale is going to be a bloody hard act to follow.
wellinghallwellinghall on January 24th, 2016 09:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn't know that. (I live in Bristol, but I am not connected with the university at all).
fredbassettfredbassett on January 24th, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC)
Brenda's been chancellor for about 14 years and she's been excellent.

Whereabouts in Bristol are you? I'm just on the border between Southmead and Westbury on Trym.
fififolle: Steven Pacey :Dfififolle on January 25th, 2016 10:01 pm (UTC)
Seems like a worthy winner!
the little creep: snufkinnyarbaggytep on January 26th, 2016 02:53 pm (UTC)
That's rather lovely.