Asian Voices

Sussex has a long and rich historical connection with India and other Asian countries. During World War I, the historic Brighton Pavilion served as a make-shift hospital to treat wounded Hindu, Muslim and Sikh Indian soldiers. And the links go even further back.

Thanks to Brighton & Hove Black History’s historical research, we have a wealth of knowledge about Sussex’s Asian heritage, which is something many regional writers have drawn on. This project aims to give a platform for writers to share their work to an interest audience.

We present book readings, historical talks, play readings and are currently supporting the development of a new play about the Indian soldiers, Baldev’s War, written by Suchitra Chatterjee.

We are always interested in new project ideas and to hear about writing on this subject – contact Amy on

Photographs: Paul Jackson; historical images courtesy of Black History