'Magniloquent Cartilage: A Constitution for the UK' by Lemn Sissay MBE
Acclaimed poet, Lemn Sissay MBE, was commissioned by Art 50 to write a new constitution for the UK. 'Magniloquent Cartilage' is a ‘new charter' for the UK when we leave Europe outlining 12 steps to living harmoniously. It was interpreted through a light art installation made by Mary Branson at Salisbury Cathedral named ‘Ladders of Light’. Lemn performed 'Magniloquent Cartilage' at Salisbury Cathedral and the Barbican in February 2019. His twelve steps on the various walls and the Ladders of Light installation can be seen at Salisbury Cathedral from 5th February - 3rd April.
Put into care as a child, Sissay's poetic constitution reflects on our duty to the most vulnerable in society, particularly children. Since Britain has no written constitution, Magna Carta is cited as one of the founding documents for our democracy and rights. This modern interpretation sited in the medieval cathedral where one of the original 1215 copy is held, will make a thrilling juxtaposition.
LEMN SISSAY MBE is a poet and playwright, chancellor of the University of Manchester, associate artist at Southbank Centre, ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation, and was the official poet of the London Olympics in 2012. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and in London at The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park. His Landmark Poem, ‘Guilt of Cain’ was unveiled by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
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