We are delighted to announce that Grenadian-born Jacob Ross will be our special author at our finale event on Friday 26 July 2013 at the Old Market. The event marks the end of our 2013/14 programme and we plan to go out in a bang, with readings, discussions, music and Caribbean food on the night, as well as special rum cocktails for sale at the bar.
The Inspire evening will be divided into two parts. The first part will see Jacob talking and reading from his own work. For the second part of the evening, Jacob will be joined on stage by 3 local Sussex authors, who will have the chance to also read extracts from their work and discuss with Jacob the modern state of publishing for Black writers, creativity, writing inspiration, as well as the business of being a writer.
The night promises to be an electric, invigorating and fun showcase of some of the UK’s best writers, whose work draws on a rich seamy vein of heritage, diaspora culture and English living.
As a special double bill, Jacob will be leading a one-day writing masterclass on Saturday 27 July at Jubilee Library. Ticket holders for the Friday Inspire event will get a £2 discount if they book the masterclass.
Inspire event, with Jacob Ross headliner, Friday 26 July, 7.30pm – 9pm, The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove BN31AS. Cost: ticket only £5, with plate of Caribbean food £12. Tickets will be on sale from http://www.theoldmarket.com/jacob-ross/ or by phoning the box office (01273) 201801.
Jacob Ross one-day writing masterclass, Saturday 27 July, 10am-4pm, Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1GE. Cost: £25 To book your place go to http://writingourlegacy2013.eventbrite.co.uk/ or http://www.theoldmarket.com/jacob-ross/
- Save £2 by booking the Inspire event with Jacob Ross and the Writing Masterclass workshop
- Save £3 by booking both workshops, Getting Published and Writing Masterclass
- Go to http://writingourlegacy2013.eventbrite.co.uk/ for both discounted bookings
Jacob Ross is Associate Editor for Fiction at Peepal Tree Press, a leading independent publisher of Caribbean, African and Asian related fiction in the United Kingdom. He is also Associate Editor of SABLE Literary Magazine and a reader and tutor for The Literary Consultancy. For several years he has been a Judge for the Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize as well as a judge of the VS Pritchett and Tom Gallon prizes. An established tutor of Narrative Craft, he runs numerous Creative Writing workshops both in the UK and abroad.
He is the author of two acclaimed short story collections, Song for Simone and A Way to Catch the Dust. He is also co-editor of several publications of fiction: Voice, Memory, Ashes; Riding and Rising, and Turf. Ross co-authored with Kwesi Owusu, Behind the Masquerade: The Story of Notting Hill Carnival, a seminal work exploring the history, sociology and creative infrastructure of London’s Notting Hill Carnival.
His first novel, Pynter Bender, was published in 2008. It won, and was also short-listed, for several awards including the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (2009), Society of Authors ‘Best first Novel’, Caribbean Review of Books ‘Book of the Year’ and Metro’s Book of The Week. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He received Grenada’s highest literary award for his contribution to literature in 2011.
He resides in Leicester.