Hastings & St Leonards writers featured in a new BAME Anthology

Lisa Climie and Georgina Aboud have been published in a first anthology celebrating Sussex experience from the Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) perspective. Hidden Sussex features fiction, poetry, prose and memoir – all inspired by the experience of living, working and playing in Sussex. 23 writers were selected for the anthology: 14 from Brighton, 2 from Crawley, 1 from Uckfield, 1 from Eastbourne, 1 from Lewes, 2 from Hastings & St Leonards and 2 from outside of Sussex.

Hidden Sussex was published on 1st June following an open submissions call out from the Writing Our Legacy project aiming to reinvent Sussex Day (16 June) by bringing fresh and untold perspectives on the Sussex experience from local BAME voices. The book includes a newly commissioned map by Josef Cabey and an alternative Sussex Day flag, created in Afro-Caribbean stylings by Jill Carpin, plus a new directory of places to go in Sussex – all from the BAME perspective.

All the usual themes of life’s journeys are included within its pages, but with particular reference to the BAME experience of being part of our local and countywide communities. Inspirations from this diverse group of writers stem from a wide range of place and experience – from Cuckmere Haven to Pakistan and India, from Brighton Pavilion to Iran. As one might expect, Brexit and the Windrush scandal are also covered.

• There is a series of book launch events continuing through to 16th June
(Sussex Day).
• For more information about the project and where to get a copy
of the anthology visit: www.writingourlegacy.org.uk

• Join the conversation with #HiddenSussex on social media.


We hope you have enjoyed reading this article. The future of our volunteer led, non-profit publication would be far more secure with the aid of a small donation. You can also support local journalism by becoming a friend of HIP. It only takes a minute and we would be very grateful.