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‘There is only one person named Lemn Sissay in the world’ reads a line in the ‘About’ section on Sissay’s website. The ‘n’ in Lemn is silent in Britain, in Ethiopia however, says Sissay, it is not.  Whether there are more Lemns in Ethopia or not, one can safely assume that on the weekend of February 17 there was only one person in Pakistan named Lemn Sissay.

Sissay is a poet, a playwright and radio personality.

Here, he talks to about why he writes poetry and what it was like being in Pakistan.

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Interview by Sara Faruqi/

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Asif Kahsmiri
Feb 22, 2013 09:53am
yeh cheezzz.. kiya baat hay...
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danial tariq
Feb 22, 2013 11:38am
very true..I made a choice to like his poetry.
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hashaam ud din
Feb 22, 2013 12:03pm
I listened to him and he seems to represent BBC rather than literature. My literary feelings were hurt to see this.
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Feb 22, 2013 03:06pm
Its very decent of him to not mention the dual passports we hold and then hate the dual nationals or the Chinese running our ports and supplying arms to our Army. Very decent person, indeed.
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