The awards, hosted by Lemn Sissay, will be presented at a gala dinner and awards ceremony on 29 June 2017 at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester.

The awards will begin with a welcome drinks reception, followed by a three-course dinner. Dinner will be followed with the awards ceremony and Clint Boon as DJ until midnight. The official after party will be hosted at Manchester 235 in Great Northern Warehouse, following the night's entertainment and will be open until the early hours of the morning.



Early Bird (Before 9 June 2017)

Individual Ticket - £125 + VAT

Table of Ten - £1000 + VAT

Standard (After 9 June 2017)

Individual Ticket - £150 + VAT

Table of Ten - £1400 + VAT


To book your place please click here or for further information please contact

Please note: tables are allocated on a first come first serve basis. All payments are due in advance of the event to secure tickets.

Cancellations: We regret that refunds cannot be made if tickets are cancelled within 21 days of the event.


Your Host - Lemn Sissay MBE

Poet, Writer & Speaker

Lemn is author of a series of books of poetry alongside articles, records,  broadcasts, public art, commissions and plays. Sissay was the first poet commissioned to write for London Olympics.  His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London.  They can be seen in The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park.  His Landmark Poem, Guilt of Cain, was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu in Fen Court near Fenchurch St Station.

Lemn is associate artist at Southbank Centre, patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, trustee of Forward Arts Foundation and inaugural trustee of World Book Night and an honorary doctor of Letters.  He has been a writer from birth and foremost he is a poet. His new book, Gold From the Stone, was published in August 2016.

Lemn’s head is in London where he’s based, his heart is in Manchester where he is not, his soul is in Addis and his vibe is in New York where his mother lives.

Google “Lemn Sissay” and all the hits will be about him. There is only one Lemn Sissay in the world!

Awards Launch
Deadline for all Entries
24 MAY
Judging Session
25 MAY
Shortlist Announced
Awards Ceremony