‘“Hansel and Gretel” is a fairytale by The Brothers Grimm. Due to the onset of famine, a “wicked” stepmother took her husband’s children into the woods and left them there. The children overheard her planning so they collected enough pebbles to leave a trail and eventually found their way back home. Enraged, the stepmother locks them away. They escape to the forest… I like this dark fairytale. It shows the difficult journey through childhood. There is no perfect childhood but we must leave pebbles so that we can remember what happened.’ Lemn Sissay presents his new memoir ‘Lemn Sissay: My Name Is Why’. Fri Oct 18. £15.