The organisation was established in April 2012. We run events across Sussex and the South East that showcase emerging and established BME writers and provide professional development and networking opportunities.
Akila Richards is a published writer, poet and spoken word artist of Liberian and German heritage. She performs and reads in a variety of academic, cultural, professional and community settings.
Colin Grant is a historian and BBC radio producer. He has published a trilogy of books examining Caribbean life: Negro with a Hat, a biography of Marcus Garvey; I&I, The Natural Mystics, a group biography of the original Wailers; and Bageye at the Wheel, a 1970s West Indian childhood in Suburbia (all Jonathan Cape).
David Nwokedi was born in Nigeria in 1965 to a Nigerian father and a British/Irish mother. He grew up in Newhaven and Brighton. A qualified social worker, David lived in London for 10 years and now lives back in Brighton and works in social work management.
Fawzia Kane was born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago. She has been published in magazines including Agenda, Brittle Star, Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, and Rialto.
Hannah Lowe is a writer living in London. Her first book-length collection Chick, an elegy to her Jamaican father, was published in 2013 by Bloodaxe and is shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection Prize.
Jacob Ross is the author of acclaimed short story collections, Song for Simone (1986) and A Way to Catch the Dust (1999). His first novel, Pynter Bender was shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award 2009 and the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2009.
Linos Wengara Magaya is one of the foremost UK-based mbira players. Originally from Harare, Zimbaremabwe, Linos is now based in Brighton.
Lynne E Blackwood is a novelist, playwright and poet based in Portsmouth.
Olumide Popoola is a Nigerian German performer and author whose work extends and crosses genres. Her poetry and prose has been published in magazines, memoirs and anthologies in Germany, Slovenia, South Africa, USA, Sri Lanka, UK and Nigeria.
Olufemi Hughes (Olusha) is a Brighton based poet, writer and storyteller. Born of a Nigerian Father and Indian mother, she was brought up in Scotland.
Patience Agbabi is a poet, performer and workshop facilitator. She was born in London in 1965 to Nigerian parents and spent her teenage years living in North Wales. She was educated at Oxford University and in 2002 received an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex.
Rez Kabir is a prolific actor and storyteller working in films theatre and television. Based in London, he has worked in film, theatre and television and toured internationally.
Sharon is a writer, campaigner and a community radio producer/presenter amongst other things. Her debut novel, The Handsworth Times, published by Bluemoose Books in Sept 2016, was chosen by the Morning Star Newspaper as their fiction 'Book of the Year 2016' and selected as Brighton City Reads 2017, as part of Brighton Festival. She delivers workshops and talks on creative writing.
Debut novelist Ghanian-British Sharon Otoo who lives in Berlin, but previously lived in Brighton will read from her debut novella the things i am thinking while smiling politely (edition assemblage), which was published in Feburary 2012 in German and English.
Suchi Chatterjee is a Brighton-based playwright and journalist. She is a regular contributor to the renowned GSCENE magazine and Brighton & Hove Black History Project. She has two plays in production - Baldev's War and CUT.
Sylvia Jean Dickinson is South African of mixed-race heritage. She now lives in Chichester and writes short stories and poetry.
Umi Sinha's debut novel Belonging was published in 2015 by Myriad Editions and has recently been shortlisted for the Author's Club Best First Novel of the Year Award 2016.