My Name Is Why
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Adoption works, fostering works, but the thing about adopting is that children can cause us a problem, that's what being a child is about, but stay with them. The betrayal that happened with me is that my foster parents cut me off. They said they were my mother and father forever and they trained me to say their name. They trained me to love them. And then the betrayal was that they cut me out in a guillotine fashion. It was cold. When I was a child, a member of staff at Wood End Assessment Centre [a former children’s home in Wigan] bellowed: “He copies them poems off of Bob Marley records.” It's evidence. My friend, Tishani Doshi, is a novelist from India and she has a poem called Girls Are Coming Out Of The Woods. It's metaphorical, as well as being an actual truth. We are in the days of WikiLeaks, there are more words passing between more people now than since the beginning of time. Information is starting to pour out. The past is not what they said it was. We need to find the evidence and out it because the evidence of what happened in the past has been controlled.
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What It Means When You Hear Your Name Called & No One Is Around
Home visit. Mrs. Greenwood was just returning from work. She told me that they had been to a parents evening at school last night, and that there had been very unfavourable reports about Norman. Saadia Qamar (10 December 2012). "British poet Lemn Sissay leaves audience spellbound". International Herald Tribune . Retrieved 3 April 2013. He tells a sorrowful story of being let down by his foster family and the government agency. The beginning for me was fascinating, but as the book progressed, the reports took on more importance and it seemed like I was reading red tape rather than experiencing Lemn's life.
The Greenwoods welcomed Sissay into their strict Christian household, with its love of C.S. Lewis, hymns, and prayer. Outside the family home stood a laburnum tree, “with its beauteous blooms and poisonous seeds”– a motif that comes to represent Sissay’s experience at Osborne Road. The Greenwood family swells in the years following Sissay’s arrival, with a brother and two sisters born to his foster parents. Despite what must have been a disorienting state of affairs, Sissay appears to be a happy boy and he reflects that he enjoyed Ashton, “the Market, the Flower Park, the Big Park. The church. My friends” and that he had developed a sweet tooth, which was put to good use on “Curly Wurlys, R Whites Lemonade, a quarter of Bon Bons”, and more. There was sibling rivalry with his brother who is close in age to him, and although he experienced casual racism in school and among his peers, his teacher reported that he was “[v]ery popular and extremely sociable … a ray of sunshine”. The Authority did not agree. Your auditory memory can replay the sound of someone's voice saying hello, or calling your name in a way that's so vivid you actually think for a moment that they're there!EXTRAORDINARY’ The Times, ‘BEAUTIFUL’ Dolly Alderton, ‘SHATTERING’ Observer, ‘INCREDIBLE’ Benjamin Zephaniah, ‘UNPUTDOWNABLE’ Sunday Times, ‘ASTOUNDING’ Matt Haig, ‘POWERFUL’ Elif Shafak In May 2021, Sissay appeared on BBC One's Have I Got News for You, hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, alongside fellow panellists Ian Hislop, Paul Merton and Jo Brand. 
When you hear your name, it may be that a spiritual being is reaching out towards you with a message, with guidance and validation that they are here with you. It is the underlying unkindness that you don’t matter enough’ … Lemn Sissay. Photograph: Hollie Fernando/The ObserverFirst, you must consider the type of account you want to create, what username would best reflect your personal or professional brand: Making rhymes or phrases to play on your name might be funny and attract attention. Make sure that if you go this route, it’s not too long or distracting. What should you do if your name is not available?