Canongate is to publish a poetry collection from Lemn Sissay, “one of the nation’s best-loved voices”.
World rights to the collection, titled Gold From the Stone, were acquired from Clare Conville at Conville and Walsh.
The collection brings together new writing and a selection of Sissay’s “best-loved” poems.
Sissay said: “Each poem is a flag in the mountainside. Gold from the Stone is the view from the base camp. It’s 39 years since I was first published. I've wanted a selected poems for years. And so here it is. At last. All of part of me."
Publishing director Francis Bickmore said: “Poet, performer, musician, lobbyist, statesman, inspiration, Lemn Sissay is an unofficial national treasure, as anyone who heard him on 'Desert Island Discs' will know. Gold from the Stone is the first book to span his career as a poet and it comes at a very exciting time for Lemn. His work spans love, justice, home, faith, race, football and the weather, and there is something here for every reader. We’re proud at Canongate to be his publisher.”
Sissay's most recent book Listener was published by Canongate in 2008.
Canongate will publish Gold from the Stone in hardback on 25th August 2016.