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Monday 07 October 2013

Black History Month: Brighton Literature Programme Brings Top Authors To The City Centre

Sussex spoken word group, Writing Our Legacy, have been cooking up colourful arts and cultural events to tempt all tastes this autumn in Brighton,  ending with a special festival that will literally transform Brighton Dome, Brighton Museum and Jubilee Library into a ghoulish fiesta in November.



The events are part of this year's Brighton & Hove Black History Month programme.

For the second year, Latin Voices Live! returns to Brighton,  with a new adult-only Latin party Dead Late at Brighton Museum (7 November) with dancing, cocktails and performance, free children's bilingual storytelling at Jubilee Library (2,4,9 November) and a Family Day at Brighton Dome, Museum & Jubilee Library (9 November). 

Cynthia Marin Jimenez, Coordinator for Latin Voices Live! and member of Writing Our Legacy said: 

"This is our most ambitious programme to date for Latin Voices Live! and we are very happy to be working again with the museum and Dome and this year the library to provide lots of free activity for people of Brighton and for the Latin community who call Brighton their home."
 
There are also two special free-entry Afro-Caribbean music and food themed evening events at Jubilee Library, as part of the library's Black History Month programme, both complete with Caribbean food.



Cuthbert Williams MBE, Chair of Brighton Black History, member of Black History Month and Writing Our Legacy added: 

"It's such a pleasure to see all of the different ethnic communities in the city taking part in this year"s programme. 

It's a real testament to the hard work of the volunteers to make Black History Month as inclusive as possible, and I hope everyone in the city feels welcome to come to our events." 


Inner Visions (10 October) puts music at centre stage with a live performance from Zimbabwean Mbira master Linos Magaya, Jamaican author Colin Grant, and Jamaican-Chinese poet Hannah Lowe. 

Mother Tongue (24 October) has rappers, poets and storytellers battling it out with Patience Agbabi, alongside Mrisi/Shrapnel, Spliff Richard and Ink On My Lips. 

Budding and expert writers can try their hand at creative writing for free with Indian author and storyteller Umi Sinha (12 October), learn poetry from legendary Patience Agbabi (26 October), write calaveras Day of the Dead poems with writer Amy Zamarripa Solis at Dead Late (7 November) or learn fiction writing from one of the Caribbean's best writers Jacob Ross (30 November). 

Other not-to-missed highlights include a Mexican Tree of Life decorated by local schools in Jubilee Library (2-9 November) , our famous skeletons, flags kites and other Latin decoration (2-9 November), a special remembrance table honouring Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges and British-Ghanian artist, dancer and poet Irene Mensah (9 November) and a talk and reading from Luis Munoz, Chilean activist who was tortured during the Pinochet regime now settled in Sussex (9 November).

Writing Our Legacy programme takes place from 10 October to 30 November 2013 in Jubilee Library, Brighton Dome and Brighton Museum. For more information, see writingourlegacy.wordpress.com



by: Mike Cobley


   

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