Sharon Otoo UK Tour – 24 & 25 February 2017

Sharon Otoo UK Tour – 24 & 25 February 2017

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

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Sharon Otoo UK Tour – Brighton

Sharon Otoo UK Tour – Brighton

Writing Our Legacy is delighted to present British Black author and former Brightonian Sharon Otoo. Last year, Sharon won the prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann prize 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.

Sharon will be joined by authors Colin Grant (A Smell of Burning, Vintage, 2016) and Umi Sinha (Belonging, Myriad Editions, 2015).

Come enjoy an evening of readings, discussion and after party social by African Night Fever.

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We launch Black History Month with Inner Visions at Jubilee Library, 10 October 2013

Linos Wengara. Photo by Bip Mistry
Linos Wengara. Photo by Bip Mistry

October kicks off our fantastic programme of activity this autumn. We are delighted to bring you a special night of live music and readings from authors who have been inspired by the rich musical culture of Africa, Caribbean and beyond.

Inner Visions takes place on Thursday 10 October from 5pm to 7pm at Jubilee Library in Brighton. The night brings together master Mbira player Linos Wengara Magaya and esteemed  historian and author Colin Grant, along with special guest London-based poet Hannah Lowe,  whose first collection Chick was recently shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection Prize. Continue reading →

Inner Visions: writers & the music that inspires them, Crawley Wordfest, 20 March 2013

Inner Visions: writers & the music that inspires them, Crawley Wordfest, 20 March 2013

 print_innervisionsposterEvery writer has their own special soundtrack that inspires them, whether it’s the music that they listened to in their teens or the music that gets them in that calm and chilled out place as an adult. Well, we’ve got a night that will get you inspired to write, read and rock n roll all at the same time.

We are working with Crawley Black History Foundation to produce a special event called Inner Visions: writers & the music that inspires them, which is part of the Crawley Wordfest, a two-week long festival that takes place in Crawley from 16 to 28 March 2013.

The night runs on 20 March 7.30 to 9pm and is free entry, with world cuisine food and drink (wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverage) for sale.

Update: Authentic Caribbean food from Benjies Caribbean Kitchen will be on sale on the night. Jerk chicken and vegetable curry plates will be on sale for £6 each, accompanied by rice, salad and more.

I’m really thrilled that we are returning to the fab Crawley Library to do another unique event that makes writing and literature, in all its different shapes and sizes, fun and accessible to a wide range of audiences, showcasing local Black and ethnic minority talent.

For this event, we’ve got historian and author Colin Grant reading from &I, The Natural Mystics, a group biography of the original Wailers and talking about the music that informed his book: ska, reggae and the mento that fuelled the music of Jamaica.

We’ve also also got the totally compelling Rounke Coker, a Nigerian writer and storyteller, who will be writing a new short story based on the influence of Western music in Nigeria in decades past, with Bob Marley’s music playing a prominent role. Expect to laugh your socks off!

Gregory Dax will be performing, playing popular Black music taking you through the decades. Set to be an inspiring and intimate night.

Presented by Crawley Black History Foundation & Writing Our Legacy  as part of Crawley Wordfest

Inner Visions, Wednesday 20 March, 7.30-9pm. With Colin Grant, Rounke Coker and Gregory Dax. Catering from Benjies Caribbean Kitchen, with plates at £6. Drinks for sale. To book your free place, go to http://crawleyinnervisions.eventbrite.co.uk