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Percival Everett: I Am Not Sidney Poitier

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

An overlooked master of American storytelling celebrates the UK publication of his hilarious and irresistible take on race, class and identity.

Percival Everett's novel, I Am Not Sidney Poitier, follows Not Sidney Poitier’s tumultuous life. The sudden death of Not Sidney Poitier’s mother orphans him at age eleven.

He is left with a name no one understands, an uncanny resemblance to an Oscar-winning actor, and a serious amount of shares in the Turner Corporation.

As the social hierarchy scrambles to balance his skin colour with his fabulous wealth, Not Sidney learns to navigate a world that doesn’t know what to do with him.

Percival Everett is the author of nearly thirty books, including So Much Blue, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, Erasure and Glyph.

He has received the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction. He lives in Los Angeles.

Dates & times

Approximate run time: 90 mins
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    • Sun 28 June 2020
      • 7:00 pm


Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

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