Diverse Sussex – Eastbourne

Diverse Sussex – Eastbourne

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 – Umi Sinha & Oluwafemi Hughes-Jonas
* Live African, Latin & reggae music – DJ Fever2Ray (African Night Fever)
* Jamaican food – Bready Delights
* 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 Friday 31 August 6-8pm 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: eventbrite.co.uk/e/diverse-sussex-eastbourne-exploring-celebrating-sussex-heritage-culture-tickets-48893058454

Join the event on Facebook: facebook.com/events/2137213606521057/

Produced by Writing Our Legacy in partnership with African Night Fever

Supported by East Sussex County Council Stronger Communities Fund

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Spotlight events 2017: Spoken word & music in Milton Keynes & Crawley

Spotlight events 2017: Spoken word & music in Milton Keynes & Crawley

Join writers and poets for a lively evening of spoken word, literature and tales from around the world.

With special guests Umi Sinha (Milton Keynes), Colin Grant (Crawley) and Hannah Lowe (Crawley) and live DJ set from the legendary African Night Fever.

Food & drink by donation, books for sale.

Milton Keynes – Fri 10 March, 7-8.30pm @ MKGallery
Crawley  – Thurs 18 May, 7.30-9pm @ Crawley Library, part of WORDfest

Free entry

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Photos and videos from INCUBATE Live Lit Industry Scratch Night at Nightingale Theatre

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INCUBATE participants Umit Ozturk, Lynne Blackwood, with Stuart Silver, and participant Priti Barua. Photo Bip Mistry http://bipmistry.com

I’m very happy to present to you photos from Paul Jackson and Bip Mistry and film from Joel Shepherd featuring the live lit performances from creative writers Priti Barua, Umit Ozturk and Lynne Blackwood. They performed for the first time on 24 January 2013 at Nightingale Theatre as part of our new live lit programme called Incubate.

Since 14 December, they’ve had the opportunity to work with BAFTA-nominated, Perrier award winning writer and acclaimed producer Stuart Silver to turn their original writing – everything from one-page scripts, a short story and an even flash pieces – into live lit performance fit for the stage. They rehearsed for 4 days in the studio, and I know put in a lot of time and hard work to produce some excellent results. See Lynne Blackwood’s account on our site about what the experience was like.

Stuart Silver, Producer, says: ‘Working with such obviously talented writers is a thrilling process, and Priti, Lynne and Umit have leapt into the challenge of turning their wonderful writing into performance as a first step to developing live literature works with dynamic shifts, risk, surprise, wit and warmth.

‘For the two days we’ve spent together, there is of course so much to explore with such richly nuanced texts and we’re thoroughly looking forward to seeing these three pieces performed for an audience for the first time.  It’s obviously an essential experience from which, with continued mentor support they can further develop the pieces and explore the performance techniques we’ve all been setting in place.’

The night of 24 January was packed out with audiences – yes, a sold out night! – and we saw moving, daring, and humorous performances from all three writers. If you missed it, not to fear, as we have videos of Umit, Lynne and Priti, plus a special 2.5 minute promo video of all three. Plus we also have photos on our Facebook page and on Flickr, so have a look and enjoy.

We expect to see more from these three writers in the near future!

A final thanks to Steven Brett at the Nightingale Theatre for supporting this programme, Akka Ali, who was the INCUBATE coordinator, and Sarah Lee, who is mentoring all three writers to help them get funding to continue their writing developments.

Umit Ozturk performing ‘Who do you think they are not?’

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKmqWz9PU8k]

Umit’s humorous short play “Aunt’s Agony” is about a person working in a call centre who’s trying to sort out people’s problems from around the world and tackles the issue of cultural diversity – and cats!

Umit Ozturk says of the residency: ‘Incubate helped the flames of my passion for stage to reincarnate! In this piece of stage performance, I am hoping to have a witty look at the perception of the diversity of cultures in the society, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean region. I would like to ask the audience this question with a loud smile: “who do you think they are not?” and help them in finding the answers.’

Lynne Blackwood performing ‘The Lesson in Dhansak’
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz8ymWV_2g4]

Lynne’s piece is based on a short story called “The Lesson in Dhansak”, which is the only piece of Lynne’s writing to be drawn from a personal experience. Her story powerfully combines her Anglo-Indian community’s loss with being different in a hostile country and her father’s valuable lesson to her as child about life and how to overcome difficulties.

Lynne Blackwood says: ‘Working with Stuart has been a liberating experience for me. His nurturing brought out talents I wasn’t yet aware of and allowed me to express myself in a confident way, despite the physical limitations. His observations also allowed me to look at my work in a different manner and to see where improvements to the original short story could be made. Thank you INCUBATE, Amy and Stuart!’

Priti Barua at Nightingale Theatre
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBaLlCTDSBU]

Priti Barua says of her experience on the residency: ‘I have been positively inspired by the INCUBATE residency, the insights and guidance of Stuart Silver and the support of fellow writers and mentorship is invaluable. As a result I am becoming more conscious of the power of the spoken word and my deeper desire to connect with the audience in effective dialogue, both silent and spoken. It is both daunting and exhilarating to think that the words written in silence will take on new meaning in the theatrical space and I hope give me the courage and confidence to keep writing!’

INCUBATE 2012 promo video
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVdBwJiFam8?list=UUQRLPA7Jyb1ZcuWLrkVe14g]

Try out spoken word performance with Roy Hutchins

PHD performance at Writing Our Legacy showcase, 2010. Photograph: Paul Jackson

New and experienced writers will have their chance to try out spoken word performance with the Roy Hutchins, from partner Brainfruit

Draw out that inner live lit performer in an afternoon workshop at Brighton Museum.

This workshop promises to be fun, collaborative, inspiring, engaging and accessible.

Roy will take you through a practical step-by-step approach to performing before a live audience, and will help you develop a method for gaining confidence and skills to read your work.

Saturday 13 October, 1.30-4pm. Workshop £5/3. Advance booking from http://writingourlegacy2012.eventbrite.co.uk

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This is the site for Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) literary community group Writing Our Legacy. We run events across Sussex that showcase emerging and established Black* writers and provide professional development and networking opportunities. Our site aims to keep you informed about our literature and spoken word programme, which is open to people of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

*Writing Our Legacy employs Mosaic’s definition of Black to be ‘Black people’ and ‘mixed-parentage people’ including all those people whose ancestral origins are African, Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, Middle Eastern, North African, Romany, the indigenous peoples of the South Pacific islands, the American continents, Australia and New Zealand.

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