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Lemn Sissay: A child of the state

Frontispiece first edition “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens.

TED presents Lemn Sissay who talks about how literature has long been fascinated with fostered, adopted and orphaned children, from Moses to Cinderella to Oliver Twist to Harry Potter. So why do many parentless children feel compelled to hide their pasts? Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay tells his own moving story.