Lemn Sissay is one of the most inspirational men I have ever met. He grew up with foster parents followed by several different children homes. He’s experienced everything from loss of his birth name to rejection from his birth parents followed by more rejections from his foster parents, which eventually lead to him spending his teenage years in children institutions. In his adult life he told the story of his up bringing through poetry. His story is a powerful one, and his success is impressive, (especially as he measures his success as: “…being able to look into the mirror, look at myself and know that I am ok.”) Lemn Sissay is now chancellor of Manchester University, winner of awards for his poetry and a spokesman for many children in care (to mention a few). But for Lemn it is the feeling of self-worth which is important. He was upbeat, charismatic, fun, genuine and charming when I met him. Few people in life leave you thinking that your problems are trivial, leave you wanting to help others and with a feeling of utter respect for their achievements. Lemn is exactly this – a great character filled with soul. A man who has had his battles but managed to get through them with a calmness and smile.