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Writing Our Legacy 2012/13 programme: History of Ourselves

Writing Our Legacy

Writing Our Legacy 2012/13 programme: History of...

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Ticket Type Price Fee Quantity
Wednesday 10 October, 4-5pm - BME superhero comic book workshop with James Parsons (children and young people aged 5-12) £3.00 £0.69
Saturday 13 October, 1.30-4pm - Spoken word performance with Roy Hutchinson - Brighton Museum £5.00 £0.82
Saturday 20 October, 7.30-9 - ASIAN VOICES - historic and contemporary Asian and Asian British writing - Crawley Library (Doors open 7pm) £6.00 £0.88
Saturday 3 November, 10.30am-4pm - One-day writers retreat with creative writing tutor Umi Sinha - Brighton Museum (includes lunch and refreshments) £20.00 £1.79
Special Offer! Book for New Writing South's Inscribe Fiction Masterclass (27 October) and Writing Our Legacy one-day retreat (3 November) for just £30 £30.00 £2.44
Saturday 17 November, 3-4pm - Luis Munoz reading - Brighton Museum £5.00 £0.82

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Welcome to this year's programme for WRITING OUR LEGACY.

We're really thrilled to bring you another packed programme of literature, writing and live lit, pulling together the UK's most talented writers, poets, playwrights and authors from across the country, Sussex and right here in Brighton.

This year's programme (2012/13) is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Brighton & Hove City Council and supported by several partners.

Tickets for all events are available from this site unless otherwise stated. To enquire about concessionary tickets or alternative payment methods, please contact our production team on, stating the course you are interested in attending and your contact details, and we will get back to you to confirm your place.

This year's theme is The History of Ourselves and we pull together a range of writers whose work explores this notion, and for whom the intersection of the history, culture and ethnicity of this history sometimes creates a displacement of self in modern European diaspora.

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, 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. Advance tickets £5 - to book, phone Hastings Museum. Phone:01424 451052 or on Eventbrite.
On Saturday 6 October, 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 Feburary 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
7.30-9pm (doors open at 7pm), Nightingale Theatre, 29-30 Surrey Street  City Centre BN1 3PA. Tickets £7 advance.

On Sunday 14 October, 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! 7-9pm (doors open 6.30pm), Nightingale Theatre, 29-30 Surrey Street  City Centre BN1 3PA. Tickets £5 advance.
In Crawley, on Saturday 20 October, we present Asian Voices - 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 Britiain and the Asian experience. Presented in partnership with Crawley Black History Month group.7.30-9pm (doors 7pm), Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue  Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6HG Tickets £5 advance.
Finally, just when you thought we were done, we're hosting a special one-off extravangaza at Brighton Dome in Feburary 2013, honouring the country's most respected and influential BME writers, publishers and authors. Check our website for more details.
We know there are lots of budding writers out there in the BME communities across Sussex, plus even more seasoned writers who are itching to get pen to paper again. We offer a host of free and low-cost workshops for children, young people and adults, that promise to be approachable and fun.
On Wednesday 10 October, children and young people (5-12) can come join James Parsons from Crazy Comic Club to create Black, Asian and BME cartoon superheros in this 90-minute workshop.4-5pm, central Brighton. Course: £3/2
Then on Saturday 13 October, new and experienced writers will have their chance to try out spoken word performance with the Roy Hutchins, from partner Brainfruit, and draw out that inner live lit performer in an afternoon workshop at Brighton Dome. 1.30-4pm. Course: £7/5 including lunch. 

On Sunday 21 October, Asian writers Neela Masani and Stephanie Lam lead a fun BME children and young people's creative writing workshop at Mosaic's Bring-A-Dish, while artist Irene Mensah will offer arts and crafts workshop linked to the Day of the Dead festivities happening later in November (see below). For more information, contact Mosaic Black and Mixed Parentage Family group on 01273 234017.
Finally, we offer you a one-day writers retreat on Saturday 3 November, led by author and creative writing tutor Umi Sinha, which will give you a chance to explore the theme 'history of ourselves' and have plenty of time for writing. 10.30am-4pm, Brighton Museum.Course: £20 including lunch and refreshments.
Last but not least, we announce a new live lit residency programme called INCUBATE, which will offer 3 Sussex authors the chance to develop a new or existing piece of writing for stage, working with acclaimed producer/artist Stuart Silver and a mentor. The residency, based at Nightingale Theatre in Brighton, will offer 2 full days in the theatre, 4 hours contact time with a mentor and a subsistence allowance for travel, food and accomodation.  
The INCUBATE residency will open for application in the first half of October, and the residency will take place during November. The programme will culminate in an industry scratch night where work will be performed before an audience of promoters, producers, writers and the public.
This programme will help writers who are keen to research and develop their writing in a new way and will ideally be something they are keen to continue developing once the programme has finished, with a funding application as the next step.
Please visit our website for more details; you can also email with INCUBATE in the subject header and we'll add you to our mailing list - once the application packs are ready to be sent out, we'll make sure you are contacted with one.
Scratch nights will likely be held late November/early December, with the programme and mentor contact time finishing by March/April 2013.
Come celebrate Day of the Dead and other Latin cultures from around the world on Saturday 17 November, 10am to 5pm at Brighton Dome and Brighton Museum.
Enjoy authentic Mexican food, live music, talks and readings, family friendly arts and crafts workshops, films, face painting and more. At the centre of the celebration will be a remembrance table, filled with food, candles, flowers and gifts, dedicated to the Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes and British artist and writer Leonora Carrington, who spent most of her life in Mexico.
Come learn about the rich heritage of the Latin communities living in our wonderful city of Brighton and see Brighton Dome decorated in the style of a modern Latin fiesta. Entry is free all day, workshops by donation and some ticketed events.
For more information, see:

Writing Our Legacy, c/o Black History

Community Base, 113 Queens Road

Brighton BN13XG


Have questions about Writing Our Legacy 2012/13 programme: History of Ourselves? Contact Writing Our Legacy


Various locations across Brighton & Hove, Hastings & Crawley


Writing Our Legacy

Writing Our Legacy is an unincorporated association whose aim is to raise awareness of the contributions of Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) writers, poets, playwrights and authors born, living or connected to Sussex.* We were established in April 2012.

(*We employ Mosaic’s definition of BME 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, and the indigenous peoples of the South Pacific islands, the American continents, Australia and New Zealand.)



Writing Our Legacy is part of Brighton & Hove Black History Month, a year-long programme of events celebrating the contributions that black and ethnic minority people have made to the city. 

Black History month focuses on the history of Asian, African and African Caribbean people. 

Since October 1987, many communities and organisations in the UK have celebrated Black History month in October, with activities such as lectures, conferences, concerts, dedicated web pages and specialist activities in the community, schools and libraries.

Brighton & Hove Black History Month invites everyone irrespective of race to join in the fun, social and educational multicultural activities that aim to bring people in Brighton & Hove and across Sussex together. 

The programme is supported by a dedicated group of about 20 volunteers, how help to bring activities and events together, not just for October, but for also the rest of the year. 



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