Yet another packed programme of talks, readings and performance, which pulled together the UK’s best writers, poets, playwrights and authors from across the country, along with amazing talent on our doorstep.

We selected writers whose work explores the theme The History of Ourselves: writers for whom the intersection of the history, culture and ethnicity of this history sometimes creates a displacement of self in modern European diaspora.

Supported using public funding through Arts Council England


Patience Agbabi and Rounke Coker

Fri 5 October7.30-9.30pm (doors open at 7pm), £5

The country’s hottest poet Patience Agbabi from Canterbury will read alongside Nigerian storyteller Rounke Coker at Hastings Museum, presented in partnership with AfriKaBa. Both explore their histories in a unique way, one influenced by Nigeria, the other by Chaucer and the love of the English language.

Hastings Museum, Johns Place, Bohemia Road, Hastings TN34 1ET

To book, phone Hastings Museum 01424 451052 or from

Inspire event

Sat 6 October, 7.30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), £7

Three fantastically talented authors read from their debut works at Nightingale Theatre:

  • 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;
  • Debut novelist Ghanian-British Sharon Otoo who lives in Berlin, but previously lived in Brighton whose novella the things i am thinking while smiling politely (edition assemblage) was published in February 2012 in German and English;
  • 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

Nightingale Theatre, 29-30 Surrey Street  City Centre BN1 3PA


New Voices

Sun 14 October, 7-9pm (doors open 6.30pm), £5

Sussex authors take centre stage at the Nightingale Theatre in Brighton with a new work evening called New Voices. The night presents an exciting range of writing that’s on the cusp of publication and on the cutting-edge of new writing – including a novel extract from author Neela Masani and more. Catch these up-and-coming authors before they’re big!

Nightingale Theatre, 29-30 Surrey Street  City Centre BN1 3PA


Asian Voices

Sat 20 October, 7.30-9pm (doors 7pm), free

An evening of writing inspired by the historic Brighton Pavilion and India, with a short dramatic reading of a play from emerging Asian LGBT playwright Sonya Roy, a talk about the Indian soldiers from the Sussex Chattri group and fast-forward to the present, a reading and talk from British-Asian author who reflects on life in contemporary Britain and the Asian experience.

Presented in partnership with Crawley Black History Month group

Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue  Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6HG