The Book of Legends is Out Now!

The Book of Legends is Out Now!

The day has finally arrived!!

I’m thrilled that my new children’s book ‘The Book of Legends’ is out today and I couldn't be prouder - join Bran and Fran on the quest of a lifetime full of magic, jokes and adventure! With incredible illustrations by Keenon Ferrell.

You can order here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-book-of-legends/lenny-henry/2928377114725

'Rising To The Surface' is out now!

'Rising To The Surface' is out now!

Lenny's second memoir 'Rising To The Surface' is out now! Please see below some of the great interviews he has done recently about the memoir.

BBC Radio 4, Loose Ends

Lenny was interviewed by Clive Anderson on this weekend's episode of BBC Radio 4, Loose Ends. He was joined by Julia Donaldson, Vince Cable and Patrick Gale for an electric mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Allison Russell and Kitti. Episode can be listened here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001bymg

Chris Evans Breakfast Show, Virgin Radio

Lenny was interviewed by Chris Evans on his breakfast Show on Virgin Radio: https://virginradio.co.uk/the-chris-evans-breakfast-show-with-sky/74712/sir-lenny-henry-recalls-the-moment-when-he-realised-his-life-had-changed

The One Show

Lenny was interviewed on the green sofa by Alex Jones and Ronan Keating on the day of the book publication date. The episode can be watched here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001bn7q

BBC Radio Two, Zoe Ball

Zoe Ball interviewed Lenny on the morning of book publication, full interview can be listened here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001b9z9

Lenny’s Book The Boy with Wings: Attack of the Rampaging Robot Announced as World Book Day Book 2023

Lenny’s Book The Boy with Wings: Attack of the Rampaging Robot Announced as World Book Day Book 2023

World Book Day has announced its list of 15 books, including Lenny Henry, to be made available for free with a £1 book token on World Book Day 2023 (2nd March).

Sir Lenny Henry commented: "I am really chuffed to be part of the line-up of £1 World Book Day 2023 authors and illustrators with my book. It is such an honour to be on the list. Reading is such an amazing thing to do, it opens imaginations wide and takes us all off on new adventures. I wholeheartedly support World Book Day’s commitment to encouraging more children to read, and championing the diversity of children’s literature on offer in the UK and Ireland today."

About The Boy With Wings: Attack of the Rampaging Robot

An Ordinary Kid on an Extraordinary Adventure

Tunde Wilkinson is an ordinary kid.

He has awesome friends, sometimes embarrassing parents and needs to be careful his wings don't get in the way on the football pitch.

Wait ... wings?

Oh yeah, Tunde is also a secret superhero.

When a new kid starts at his school and is better than him at everything, not even Tunde's friends seem on his side. Does this new kid have a connection to the shady Facility? And can Tunde figure it all out before an evil robot destroys their town?

Book Available for pre-order now - https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-boy-with-wings-attack-of-the-rampaging-robot-world-book-day-2023/lenny-henry/keenon-ferrell/9781035015924

The Book of Legends Book Cover Revealed!

The Book of Legends Book Cover Revealed!

Woo hoo! Check out the cover of my new children's book, The Book of Legends. Big thanks to Keenon Ferrell for the illustrations. I loved writing it and hope you love reading it.

The Book of Legends is coming out 13 October, find out more here https://bit.ly/3TRWrMD

Mail on Sunday Review of Rising To The Surface Review

Mail on Sunday Review of Rising To The Surface Review

Mail on Sunday publish a great four star review of Lenny's memoir 'Rising To The Surface' which is out now!

'Rising To The Surface' is available to order here: https://www.faber.co.uk/product/9780571368778-rising-to-the-surface/

The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power Reviews Are Out!

The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power Reviews Are Out!

Five Stars

“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power review: Amazon show is a 'masterpiece'

https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/lord-rings-rings-power-review-27876822

Four Stars

“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power review – so astounding it makes House of the Dragon look amateur”

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/aug/31/the-lord-of-the-rings-the-rings-of-power-review-so-astounding-it-makes-house-of-the-dragon-look-amateur

Four Stars

The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power Review

https://www.empireonline.com/tv/reviews/the-lord-of-the-rings-the-rings-of-power/

Lenny attends The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power World Premiere

Lenny attends The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power World Premiere on Tuesday 30 August in London.

Lenny stars as Sadoc Burrows in the brand new The Lord Of The Rings Amazon series which is released worldwide on 1 September.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Sir Lenny Henry “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" World Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on August 30, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Timms/Prime Video)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: (L to R) Sue Kroll, Amazon Studios Chief Operating Officer Albert Cheng, Wayne Che Yipp, Dylan Smith, Amazon Studios Head of Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Latasha Gillespie, Trystan Gravelle, Lloyd Owen, Lindsey Weber, Nazanin Boniadi, Justin Doble, Benjamin Walker, Amazon SVP Media & Entertainment Jeff Blackburn, Sara Zwangobani, Ema Horvath, Charles Edwards, SVP of Prime Video, MGM and Amazon Studios Mike Hopkins, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Charlie Vickers, Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke, Markella Kavenagh, Patrick Mckay, Amazon Founder and Executive Chair Jeff Bezos, Robert Aramayo, J.D. Payne, Amazon Studios Head of Global TV Vernon Sanders, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, VP International at Prime Video Kelly Day, Maxim Baldry, Owain Arthur, Sir Lenny Henry, Amazon Studios Head of Genre Programming Jon Wax, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Daniel Weyman, Amazon Studios Head of Casting Donna Rosenstein, Callum Greene, Tyroe Muhafidin, Cory Shields, Charlotte Brändström, Bear McCreary and Leon Wadham attend the photocall for "The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power" at The Londoner Hotel on August 30, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Benett for Prime Video)

New full trailer for The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings of Power here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8UAUAuKNcU

Lenny named Batonbearer at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and host of Opening Ceremony

Photo Credit: SWNS

Lenny Henry will be one of the hosts of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony tomorrow night.  The Opening Ceremony will show the best of Birmingham’s creative minds and best-loved talent, opening the Games with spectacle and emotion.

Earlier today Comic Relief founder Sir Lenny Henry carried the prestigious Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton as part of its 90,000-mile journey around all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

Sir Lenny ran with the Baton through Birmingham, the host city of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games this summer. His journey through Victoria Square toward the end of its 294-day journey on the eve of the highly anticipated Commonwealth Games kicking off. The Queen’s Baton Relay will come to a close the tomorrow at the Opening Ceremony.

Sir Lenny was invited to be a Batonbearer to celebrate Sport Relief being an official charity partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Comic Relief launched the first ever Sport Relief 20 years ago and thanks to the great British public, has raised an incredible £419million so far to help change lives in the UK and around the world.

Sir Lenny said: “The chance to carry (via jogging and walking!) the Queen’s Baton on the final leg of its journey fills me with massive pride, especially when I think of how far it’s travelled over the past nine months.”

He added: “It has crossed land, sea and air to cover every corner of the Commonwealth, including my parent’s home of Jamaica, and all the way to Birmingham City Centre (just down the road from Dudley where I got my first humungous break); and carried all the way by inspirational individuals whose stories have blown me away. Hats off to everyone who has taken part!”

Sport Relief is an official charity partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, alongside United By 2022 and the Commonwealth Sport Foundation, and hopes to raise money this summer to help change lives for the better. Money raised will go towards important causes including tackling inequality, improving mental health and helping young people survive and thrive.

The Prince of Wales will deliver a speech during the Opening Ceremony, taking place at the newly redeveloped Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, during which His Royal Highness will read The Queen’s message for the Commonwealth Games. The Queen’s message was placed into the Commonwealth Games Baton by her Majesty on October 7 2021 at Buckingham Palace. The Games will be the biggest sporting event to be held in the UK since London 2012, and will see athletes from across the Commonwealth compete in 19 sports and eight Para-sports.

To find out how you can get involved in Sport Relief this summer, visit: comicrelief.com/sportrelief

Come Join Me at Waterstones Birmingham

I'll be signing copies of my new book The Boy With Wings which is illustrated by Keenon Ferrell at Waterstones Birmingham High Street on Saturday 30th Oct at 12.30pm.

Tickets are £10 and include a copy of The Boy With Wings (RRP £12.99), for more information click here

Cover revealed for Lenny's first children's book 'The Boy With Wings'

We have lift off! The cover for Lenny's first ever children's book 'The Boy With Wings', illustrated by Keenon Ferrell has been revealed. Published on 14 October this year, the book also features an exclusive comic book adventure created by Marvel artist, Mark Buckingham.

Lenny said: "Ever since my Aunty Pearl took me to Dudley Library and got me enrolled, I have loved books. Short ones, long ones, in betweeny ones. Marvel and DC, Beano and the Dandy, Just William, Jennings, and Billy Bunter. I’ve always wanted to write for kids and Pan Macmillan have given me this great opportunity to do so.

I wanted to write a story about a boy (just like I was at 12 years old) - bullied, pushed around at school, called names because of the way he looks, the colour of his skin. But soon he will discover secrets about himself that will rock his world and everyone else’s. 

The story is about a boy with wings, who will have big decisions to make.

Will he do right? Or will he do wrong? Find out…"Get ready to join the flight!
Twelve-year-old Tunde is just your average kid: average friends, average parents, average grades. Sure, he has his quirks, but if he can avoid the school bullies and hang out with his ragtag group of friends, he’s happy enough. But his life is about to get turned upside down when, in the middle of a football match, Tunde leaps for the ball and stays in the air – on an enormous pair of wings!

Everything Tunde knows is about to change. Under the guidance of a mysterious visitor known as The Seeker, he discovers new-found powers, a secret past, and some seriously powerful people who are determined to keep that past buried, whatever the cost. With strange things happening in a place known as The Facility and someone important in need of rescue, Tunde is going to need more than a little help from his friends. Join Tunde, Kylie, Jiah and Neville on an out-of-this-world adventure that brings Tunde face-to-face with his destiny.

An average kid is about to become an EXTRAORDINARY hero!

‘The Boy With Wings’ is published on 14th October 2021 in hardcover, audio and ebook. 

You can pre-order it here.