INSPIRE: Colin Grant, Sharon Otoo, Samson Kambalu: Nightingale Theatre, 6 October

On Saturday 6 October, we present three authors from African/Caribbean heritage who will read extracts from their books that look at family and life from a post European perspective.

Malawai-born Samson Kambalu, a fine artist and ethnomusicologist whose memoir The Jive Talker: How To Get a British Passport (Jonathan Cape) reflects on his Malawi past.

An African memoir unlike any other I have read and the reason is this – it is absolutely hilarious and I was crying with laughter… this is a book filled with wonder, humour and hope. It is a magnificent achievement.

Aminatta Forna, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH about Samson Kambalu

Jamaican-British Colin Grant, Brighton-based historian and BBC radio producer whose memoir Bagseye at the Wheel (Jonathan Cape) focuses on his father and family in Luton circa 1970.

A tough and tender memoir of growing up in the 70s. It’s a quietly unforgettable book about innocence and experience, about memory and cruelty – and the cruelty of memory.

The Guardian on Colin Grant’s Bagseye at the Wheel

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.

Reading this brings flashes of recognition: how it is to be loved and overlooked, to be thought exotic and scorned, to be adored and ignored- all at the same time. Sharon Otoo strings us along, spellbound, with fragments of language that fill us with the thought: this is how the heart breaks.

Poet Fawzia Kane, Tantie Diablesse (Waterloo Press) about Sharon Otoo

7.30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), Nightingale Theatre, 29-30 Surrey Street  City Centre BN1 3PA. Tickets £7 advance from

Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

We announce our 2012/13 programme for Brighton, East Sussex and West Sussex – advance tickets now on sale

Hi everyone

We’re pleased to finally show your our 2012/13 Programme, which is crammed full of literature, writing workshops for all ages and a special live lit residency for Sussex writers – read on for more details. This year’s programme once again pulls together the UK’s most talented Black and ethnic minority writers, poets, playwrights and authors –  locally sourced and from across the country. We also have a few extra events taking place in November and February 2013, so keep in touch.

The 2012/13 programme is kindly supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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