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Sunday with Lemn Sissay: ‘It’s a day to do nothing and do nothing well’


What wakes you up? Police sirens. It’s the same every morning, although in Hackney they at least start a little later on a Sunday than during the rest of the week. I do my stretches before a multi-layered breakfast: muesli, then a sprinkling of sweet granola, topped with semi-skimmed milk.

What does Sunday feel like? It’s a day to do nothing and to do nothing well. Being busy all the time is no sign of great creativity, it’s a sign of poor time management. You need space to breathe. Thankfully, I’ve been a self-employed artist all my adult life, so can take Sunday’s essence and experience it whenever I like.

Tell us something nobody knows about Sundays… They’re always better in Manchester. The roads are quieter, it’s calmer and nothing beats serenity being punctuated with the occasional ‘Good morning’ as you pass someonewith a Mancunian twang on the street.

Do you work? Occasionally I’ll do a Sunday show, although I’m enjoying this break from constant travelling – I never spend this much time at home. And Zoom events really do feel to me as good as those in person. Finding innovative ways to communicate together amid a global pandemic? Nothing is more real than that.

Sundays growing up? Before I turned 12, playing football in a Lancashire park against the sunset; sitting with my friends in a circle to drink pop and tell bad jokes and silly stories once it got dark. I’d arrive home exhausted, covered in mud and drenched in sweat.

A Sunday night routine? I wish I had one. I’d like my life to have a little more structure. It should be a time for slowly winding down, appreciating who and what you have in peace. In reality I’m checking Monday’s Google calendar, which I’ve avoided all day, watching a film, and playing a podcast to help me sleep.
Lemn Sissay is supporting 64 Million Artists (64millionartists.com)



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