Meet Our Team
Writing Our Legacy is run throughout the year thanks to the work of our voluntary committee.
Neil Ansell, Chair
Neil has a long history of working in the voluntary sector and spent several years as regional manager of the Big Issue before joining BBC TV as a community affairs specialist. He is a trustee of two BME charities. Neil is the author of Deep Country and Deer Island.
Amy Zamarripa Solis, Founder, Treasurer & Programme Manager
Amy is a published writer, journalist and cultural PR. She co-founded award-winning story night Grit Lit and Flash Lit Fiction. She has worked in the charity sector for over 15 years. Amy is Mexican & Italian-American heritage. She has made the UK her home since 1997.
Bert Williams MBE, Member
Bert is co-founder of Brighton & Hove Black History. Originally from Jamaica, Bert has lived in Brighton since 1967. After retiring in 1992, he chaired Black and mixed parentage family charity Mosaic. Bert has also organised the Chattri Memorial service. In 2011, Bert was awarded a MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list.
Freelance Creative Team
For funded projects and programmes, we employ a variety of freelance artists, producers, educators and other creatives to help deliver our aims and objectives.
Talented, inspiring and nothing short of committed to diverse literature, culture and heritage!
Our main collaborators include:
Amy Zamarripa Solis
Amy oversees the entire Writing Our Legacy programme, but also gets involved from time to time as writer, producer, workshop facilitator and tea maker. She is a co-founder of the Latin Voices Live! festival. She is the playwright for La Llorona. Biog above. She likes pubs and books too.
Billy is an artist on La Llorona. Billy is an illustrator specialising in poster design and murals, album art work, T-shirt designs, editorial work and live art projects. Billy’s work can be seen in offices, bars and buildings across Brighton, Brooklyn and Berlin. He is known for his surreal and occult-inspired style.
Cynthia Marin Jimenez
Cynthia is a co-founder of the Latin Voices Live! festival. She has worked for over 15 years in the community sector and with social mission organisations as a consultant, facilitator, trainer and evaluator. She was on the Writing Our Legacy committee 2012-2014, but now lives in Mexico.
Hannah is an artist on the La Llorona project. She has also added Day of the Dead pizzazz at our Latin Voices Live! festival since 2013. Hannah has 18 years experience as workshop leader, designer and maker, project manager and outreach roles in participatory, community & outdoor arts companies.
James has been children and young people comic book workshop leader with Writing Our Legacy since 2012. He runs the popular Crazy Comic Club, which he started in 2004, and works in schools, after school clubs, festival, libraries and more. He’s also a professional comic book artist too.
Linda is the Education Director for Latin Voices Live! and the Education Specialist for La Llorona. She works as a Primary Language Specialist. In 2009 she travelled to Mexico with Connecting Classrooms; in 2011 she set up íViva Mexico! to teach Mexican culture and Spanish to children aged 3-11.
Michelle was involved with Latin Voices Live! as co-coordinator in 2012-13. She has run her own events company for 9 years in and around Brighton, ranging from live music showcases to resident large scale club nights. She is a pro at event development, from promotion and marketing to on site management.
Rikki is the Director for La Llorona. He has been involved with Latin Voices Live! since 2012. Rikki has 35 years experience in theatre. He was winner of Alfred Hitchcock Award for Screen Writing. He has worked as Director, Development of New Writing & Tour Director for Welfare State International.
Tom has been the Artistic Director for Latin Voices Live! since 2012. He has been working and researching in creativity and learning for over 10 years. He headed up the HEFCE-funded Centre of Excellence in Teaching & Learning in Creativity at Universities of Sussex & Brighton.
Umi is a creative writing tutor for Writing Our Legacy. Her 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. She currently teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at Brighton University.
Uschi has been part of the programme delivery team since 2012, working as an event producer and dramaturg on the Asian Voices programme. She is a writer and producer based in East London.
Photographer for top image: Paul Jackson