“If grime music were a novel, it would be this.”

Writing Our Legacy is delighted to present Nigerian-German writer Olumide Popoola, whose critically acclaimed novel When We Speak of Nothing, published by Cassava Republic Press in 2017, has been making massive waves around the world.

Set on the eve of the 2011 London riots, the novel captures the experience of two Black teens growing up at Kings Cross and captures “what it means to be young, black and queer in London”.

This is Olumide’s first Brighton reading from her novel.

The event will take place on Wed 24 October 7.30pm-9.30pm at New Writing South, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT.

We also very pleased to present on the evening two amazing Sussex based writers: Nigerian storyteller Rounke Coker and hip hip poet Spliff Richards.

Come hungry for words, music and stories.

We will also have music from Fever2Ray (African Night Fever).

Copies of author books will be for sale.

Light refreshments and wine by donation will also be on hand.

Limited capacity so early booking highly advised.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite:

  • £6 early bird & concessions (plus fee)
  • £10 general admission (plus fee)


London-based Nigerian-German Olumide Popoola is a writer and speaker. Her publications include essays, poetry, the novella this is not about sadness (Unrast, 2010), the play text Also by Mail (edition assemblage, 2013), the short collection breach, which she co-authored with Annie Holmes (Peirene Press, 2016), as well as recordings in collaboration with musicians.
In 2004 she won the May Ayim Award in the category Poetry, the first Black German Literary Award. Olumide has a PhD in Creative Writing and has lectured in creative writing at various universities.
Her critically acclaimed novel When We Speak of Nothing was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2017 in the UK and Nigeria, and t in the US in April 2018. She curated Berlin’s (Germany) inaugural African Literary festival, Writing in Migration, in April 2018.

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