We are thrilled to be working with London literature organisations Word Factory and Spread the Word to bring British Black author Sharon Otoo to the UK for a series of readings in Brighton and London in February 2017.

Last year, Sharon won the prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann prize (€25,000) with short story “Herr Gröttrup Sits Down”, which she wrote in German and tells the story about the rocket scientist who worked for the Nazis, then the USSR. 

The readings will take place on the following dates:

Friday 24 February, The Old Market, Brighton,  7.30-10pm

Sharon will be joined by authors Colin Grant (A Smell of Burning, Vintage, 2016) and Umi Sinha (Belonging, Myriad Editions, 2015) for discussion and readings. Audience are invited to stay on for an after party social by African Night Fever. Books will be for sale, cash pay bar and Afro-Caribbean catering from Benjie’s Caribbean Kitchen (advance booking only). 

Tickets £12/10 from theoldmarket.com + Afro-Caribbean meal £9 from http://bit.ly/SharonOtooTourBrighton

Saturday 25 February, Waterstones Picadilly, London, 6-8pm

This is the first of a series of readings and discussions in our Citizen: The New Story series. FOUR VOICES: reading and conversation with Sharon Otoo, Xiaolu Guo and Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, chaired by Nikesh Shukla. PLUS: Cathy Galvin announces the winners of the 2017 Apprentice Award.

In The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla wrote: “I talk in Guj-lish, my normal voice and white literary party.” At a time of cultural and political change, with arguments raging about British values and identity, what voices dominate in literature? What do BAME writers have to say about that identity within the UK and overseas? This salon, through readings and discussion, will explore how can language hurt and liberate

Tickets £15/8 from Eventbrite.

Sharon is the Editor for the book series Witnessed. Her first novella the things i am thinking while smiling politely was published in February 2012 (edition assemblage). The German language translation die dinge, die ich denke, während ich höflich lächle by Mirjam Nuenning, appeared in October 2013. Her latest novella Synchronicity appeared in August 2014 and was published in English at the end of 2015 with the title Synchronicity – the original story.

The tour has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England. We would also like to thank collaborator and writer Uschi Gatward, whose valuable contributions helped make this tour possible.

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