Lives Intertwined with Migration

Tatenda Michael Manyarara plays the son from the lai story 'Yonec' in Marie in the Margins

Sussex’s identity is strongly anchored to the migration of Norman troops across the channel in the year of the decisive battle of 1066.

In other areas of the UK such as Norwich in Norfolk, stories about local medieval history involving minority communities such as The Kings Own Jews have broadened 1066-themed discussions and understanding of migration. I feel that this hasn’t happened so much in Sussex. This project seeks to address that.

The exploration of the forgotten workforce of female cultural innovators is within the context of the many migrations across the channel in the years after the decisive invasion. The sea was a busy channel with many vessels carrying people to and fro, evidenced in the frequent journeys Dame Marie’s characters undertake in her adventure writing.

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