“Am I Dreaming?”

Thanks for reading my blog posts. I wish you well this year.  I hope to make these blog posts  more interesting in 2017.   I can’t guarantee the fluidity of grammar you may find in finer writers. But I hope that in the apparatus you'll find me and my world.  There is a subscribe button and there is also an unsubscribe button.   You'll have heard a lot about The Christmas Dinners.  The  only video from The Christmas Dinners  came from Oxford.  A young  film maker called Adam Hale shot Read more [...]

From The Stars To The Stars by TV writer Sally Abbott.

"From The Stars To The Stars” Is a video of TV celebrities made exclusively  for Care Leavers on Christmas Day at Lemn Sissay’s Christmas Dinners.  This is a guest blog post from the woman who makes it happen each year: Sally Abbott. Since meeting Lemn seventeen years ago I’ve become a writer. Something he’s always encouraged in me. For the last eight years I’ve written EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, Doctors and now my own BBC show, The Coroner.   I thought what I could possibly Read more [...]

How to Change The World: One Day at a Time..

Oxford. Leeds.  Liverpool.  Manchester. London.   Who is spreading love? Who is changing the world on our doorstep? Is it al the volunteers from the London Christmas Dinner in the above photo?   Is it the vice Chancellor of Oxford University  who  supports The Christmas Dinner for care leavers in Oxford (pic on left) or the owners of the majestic Queens Hotel  in Leeds who have given all the food for The Leeds Christmas dinner for Care Leavers? (pic of team on right)    Or is it Subrina Read more [...]

42 days: The aeronautical engineer, Oscar Wilde and a BAFTA nomination.

This blog covers 42 days from Sept 6th October 18th and includes the one year landmark since my installation as Chancellor of University of Manchester.  From The Institute of Directors on the roof tops of Pall Mall in London to  The Bishops Palace,  from Alula Pankhurst in Toronto to aeronautical engineer, politician, and diplomat the executive director of Oxfam Chief Winnie Byanyima, the people and places I've been to  this month conspire  to inspire me.  We begin on  September 6th  at  Read more [...]

The Christmas Dinner How To Guide for Care Leavers 2017.

Welcome to The Guide Communications  Food Chef and Maitre’d Venue and design   Presents Finance  - expenses and donations Referrals Volunteers Transport   Vision and Video Timeline   Christmas Eve and Christmas Day But first have a look at this 2013.     1. Welcome to the Christmas Dinner  How To Guide So pleased you’re here. Here’s how to put on a Christmas Dinner in your area Ages The event is for care leavers between to 18 to 27. Atmosphere The Read more [...]


What is The Christmas Dinner? It’s a Christmas Dinner for care leavers. Why not call it The Care leavers Christmas Dinner then? Would you want to come if it was called that!? Hey I’m asking the questions. What is a care leaver? A care leaver is a person over the age of 18 who has been looked after away from home by a local authority. Why did you start “The Christmas Dinner? I remember how hard Christmases were for me when I left care and I was inspired by The Project in 2012 So how many Christmas Read more [...]

The Christmas Dinner 2016: We crowdfund goodwill.

The Christmas Dinner is in the Observer today as one of fifty new radical ideas. So here's where The Christmas Dinners are at:    This year The Christmas Dinner will be in Oxford, London Liverpool Leeds and Manchester. This may change. I hope more people do it. It is easier to say you'll do it than actually do it.  I define Christmas Dinner as  including presents, taxis to pick up and drop off the young people, professional chef, top class food and waiter service,  holiday food to take home. Read more [...]

Two hundred and forty two days.

More of the above later. It's two weeks since 228 days. I begin in beautiful Cornwall at The Charles Causeley Festival. I love reading poems on stage . It doesn't matter where I am or if it's a big event or a small one. This is the hotel in Truro:  My room is the one with the open window. Meanwhile in Washington DC the video made by University of Manchester to mark my installation as chancellor  was presented with  a Grand Gold Award at the international Council for Advancement and Support Read more [...]

University of Manchester. My first 100 days as Chancellor.

On stage at the launch of the the film Suffragette alongside Helen Pankhurst. Speaking at  the student Union at University of Manchester. Speaking to 600 trainee teachers at University Place at University of  Manchester With BBC Philarmonic in Salford for  ten pieces live lessons:  The  BBC's best ever music education initiative. Keynote at Digital Manchester conference Speaking with students and arts workers at Islington Arts and media College Speaking at North West Schools Led Conference Read more [...]

The Care Leavers Christmas Video

Thank you so much to all those who gave  generously to The Christmas Dinner appeal.   Here are some of the people from the Christmas dinner that you helped create. Thankyou also  to each  person and company who contributed  presents, beautiful venues and scrumptious food.  Thanks to the chefs and volunteers and to each steering group in Hackney Leeds and Manchester. And to Pure Insight in Stockport. Thanks. Read more [...]