Lemn inspires

Poet Lemn Sissay with Stretford High School headteacher James Haseldine, director of learning Chris Hirst, and pupils at the unveiling of his new work Ayres Road

Poet Lemn Sissay with Stretford High School headteacher James Haseldine, director of learning Chris Hirst, and pupils at the unveiling of his new work Ayres Road

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A LEIGH poet has unveiled his latest work.

Lemn Sissay, who has become a major figure on the Manchester literary scene and is a commissioned poet for the 2012 London Olympic Games, worked with pupils at a school in Stretford to produce a huge banner to be displayed on the side of a church in Old Trafford.

The design features Lemn’s poem Ayres Road alongside 13 extracts of poetry written by the pupils on where they live.

Lemn, who lived with a foster family in Atherton, has become known for landmark poems, etched on to public spaces and buildings.

Lemn said: “The students worked hard to create poetry that means something to them, and giving local people the chance to see this really helps to demonstrate the power of poetry and knowing that I inspired their work is a real privilege for me.”