Sharon Otoo UK Tour - Brighton

Feb 24 2017 19:30 - 22:00

The Old Market, 11A Upper Market St, BN3 1AS 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.

Friday 24 February 2017
The Old Market, Hove
Doors 6:45pm, starts 7.30pm

Pay bar
Afro-Caribbean food from Benjie's Kitchen will be on sale
Copies of author books will be on sale for signing

In association with Word Factory and Spread the Word
Supported by Arts Council England


Sharon Otoo

Sharon describes herself as a 'Black British mother, activist, author and editor. Black is deliberately written with a capital B.'

She is the Editor for the book series Witnessed. The first publication of the series The Little Book of Big Visions. How to be an Artist and Revolutionise the Worldwas co-edited with the curator Sandrine Micossé-Aikins (edition assemblage, 2012). The latest edition of Witnessed, Winter Shorts, was co-edited with the writer, blogger and poet Clementine Burnley (edition assemblage, 2015).

Her first novella the things i am thinking while smiling politely was published in February 2012 (edition assemblage). The German language translation die dinge, die ich denke, während ich höflich lächle by Mirjam Nuenning, appeared in October 2013. Her latest novella Synchronicity was illustrated by Sita Ngoumou (and again translated into German by Mirjam) appeared in August 2014 and was published in English at the end of 2015 with the title Synchronicity - the original story.

Her favourite book is "Beloved" by Toni Morrison.


Umi Sinha - Belonging (Myriad, 2015

From the darkest days of the British Raj to the aftermath of the First World War, Belonging tells the interwoven story of three generations and their struggles to understand and free themselves from a troubled history steeped in colonial violence. This is a novel of secrets that unwind through Lila Langdon's story of exile to England, through her grandmother Cecily's letters home from India, and through the diaries kept by her father, Henry, as he puzzles over the enigma of his birth and his stormy marriage to the mysterious Rebecca.

Publisher: Myriad Editions
ISBN: 978-1-908434-74-6

Colin Grant - A Memory of Burning (Vintage, 2016)

One day Colin Grant's teenage brother Christopher failed to emerge from the bathroom. His family broke down the door to find him unconscious on the floor. None of their lives were ever the same again. Christopher was diagnosed with epilepsy. This book tells the remarkable story of this strange and misunderstood disorder.


Special community rate

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Afro-Caribbean meal from Benjie's Kitchen

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General Admission - concession

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