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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Chilean author Luis Muñoz reads from memoir on 9 November

Chilean author Luis Muñoz reads from memoir on 9 November

Luis Muñoz reads from memoir

We are honoured to have Luis Muñoz, a former Chilean activist who survived arrest and torture during Pinochet’s regime and then authored his harrowing account in his autobiography Being Luis; A Chilean Life (Impress Books).

Luis will read from his book at Jubilee Library, during the Latin Voices Live! Family Day event and answer questions from the audience. Luis will be signing copies of the book, which will be on sale. Tickets for the reading are £4/3 and include a complimentary glass of wine.

Date: Saturday 9 November 2013
Time: TBC
Venue: Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1GE
Cost: £4/3


Watch renowned Jacob Ross reading from his long-awaited first novel, Pynter Bender (4th Estate/Harper Collins). He was the only Caribbean nominee on the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize short list (Canada and Caribbean Best Book).

Jacob will be joining us for a talk and reading at Brighton’s legendary venue The Old Market on Friday 26 July and at Jubilee Library for a writers workshop on Saturday 27 July. Don’t miss this exclusive chance to hear and learn from one of our most legendary Caribbean authors. Get bargain tickets for Jacob Ross’s talk at The Old Market here!

Pynter Bender summary:

Set in and around the cane fields of Grenada in the Carribean ‘Pynter Bender’ is about the conflict between the world of men and women, men who walk away from their families and from the cane fields and their women who forbear. It brilliantly describes the birth of a modern West Indian island and the shaping of its people as they struggle to shuck off the systems that have essentially kept them in slavery for centuries.

Read a review here:­_Bender/Pynter_Reviews/­ml


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

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