Diverse Sussex – Hastings

Join us for a free community event to bring everyone together for a fun evening of music, food, art, children’s activity and literature.

Come have a taste of:
* Spoken word & poetry performance
* Live African, Latin & reggae music – DJ Fever2Ray (African Night Fever)
* Afro-Caribbean food
* Oral history & creative writing taster- share your story
* Children’s arts & craft
* BME heritage displays
* And more exciting things to be announced shortly

Our event will take place on Sunday 9 September 1-3pm at DC1 Cafe & Gallery, 67-69 Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN21 3PL.

Contribute your stories & memory to a community anthology about Hidden Sussex.
Bring a photo of your earliest memories of your life in Sussex and share your stories and memories.


* You must book a free ticket to receive a plate of food. Max 30 plates, first come first serve.
* Pay bar available (cash/card).
* The venue is fully accessible – there is a lift to both floors and there is a wheelchair accessible toilet.
* Please contact us if you have any special mobility, dietary or language needs. Please contact us if you need more than 2 tickets. Our email is  info@writingourlegacy.org.uk.


Book your free place: https://onlineticketseller.com/events/?id=1601

Produced by Writing Our Legacy in partnership with African Night Fever

Supported by East Sussex County Council Stronger Communities Fund

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Rounke Coker reads at Writing Our Legacy/Afrikaba event, Hastings Museum

This Friday, Nigerian storyteller Rounke Coker delighted us with this story, set in Lagos, about a main character’s brother who has a strange fascination with insects, animals and particularly a pet crocodile. The story is rich in detail, aliveness and a visceral sense of language – as well as being plain damn funny.

The evening’s reading was set in the captivating Hastings Museum – a place highly recommended for a visit. The event, partnered with local African festival of arts and culture, Afrikaba, also featured Kent poet superstar Patience Agbabi, who is on the brink of publication for new work, tentatively titled Canterbury Remix….watch this space. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this incredible story from Rounke, who we are sure to hear again at future readings in Sussex (14 October, Nightingale Theatre)….and read in print very soon.

Rounke Coker  – Friday 5 October, Hastings Museum – Part 1
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPdNLBwaaMI]

Rounke Coker – Friday 5 October, Hastings Museum – Part 2
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1gjd0h9fAs]

INSPIRE Friday 5 October – Patience Agbabi, Rounke Coker – Hastings Museum 7.30pm

INSPIRE Friday 5 October – Patience Agbabi, Rounke Coker – Hastings Museum 7.30pm

Our season kicks off on Friday 5 October with the country’s hottest poet Patience Agbabi from Canterbury reading alongside Nigerian storyteller Rounke Coker at Hastings Museum. Both explore their histories in a unique way, one influenced by Nigeria, the other by Chaucer and the love of the English language.

Presented in partnership with AfriKaBa. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Advance tickets £5 – to book, phone Hastings Museum. Phone:01424 451052 or from http://writingourlegacy2012.eventbrite.co.uk

Patience Agbabi is a poet, performer and workshop facilitator. She was born in London in 1965 to Nigerian parents and spent her teenage years living in North Wales. She was educated at Oxford University and has appeared at numerous diverse venues in the UK and abroad over the last 12 years. She currently lives in Gravesend, Kent and is working on a modern remake of the Canterbury Tales, Canterbury Remix.

R.A.W., her groundbreaking debut collection of poetry, was published in 1995, and won the 1997 Excelle Literary Award. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Bittersweet: Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry and IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain. In 2004 she was named as one of the Poetry Society’s ‘Next Generation’ poets.

Bloodshot Monochrome is a glorious poetic take on all things black, white and read. Reinventing the sonnet, Patience Agbabi shines her euphoric, musical lines on everything from growing up to growing old, from Northern Soul to contract killers, from the retro to the brand new. Agbabi’s verse is sublimely lyrical and spiked with gleeful humour.

Patience Agbabi has read at key literature festivals such as Edinburgh Book Festival and Ledbury Poetry Festival; and music festivals including Glastonbury Festival and Soho Jazz Festival. She has also worked extensively for The British Council, delivering her work in a range of venues from university lecture theatres to a metro station, in countries including Namibia, 1999, the Czech Republic, 2000, Zimbabwe and Germany, 2001, and Switzerland, 2002.

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.
Tickets from http://writingourlegacy2012.eventbrite.co.uk/ unless otherwise stated. To enquire about concessions/ alternative payment methods, please contact our production team on writingourlegacy@gmail.com