Paterson Joseph in conversation: The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho

6.30pm, Friday 21st October

The Poly

Tickets: £8 and £5

One of Britain's best-loved actors, Paterson Joseph comes to Falmouth to talk about his utterly captivating debut novel The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho.

Sancho was a trailblazer: composer, aspiring actor, letter-writer and anti-slavery campaigner, he was painted by Thomas Gainsborough and went on to become the first known person of African descent to vote in a British general election


When Paterson Joseph first came across Sancho’s story he immediately realised that it served as a perfect example of the strange, uncomfortable relationship that Britain has always had with its colonies and colonial people.


Having brought the story to life in a one man play, “Sancho: An Act of Remembrance” he was subsequently moved to write the story as a novel. Inspired by Sancho’s own letters and diaries, the result is a Dickensian romp through Georgian London that provides a unique take on 18th-century culture, politics and domestic life, with the unforgettable character of Sancho at its centre.

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