Meet the Authors and their bios.
Actress, Director and Writer
Anni works extensively in Radio, TV, Films and Theatre, having trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. She has worked in America, Europe, Africa and in many theatres around UK including The National Theatre in Inua Ellam’s highly successful Three Sisters, a play set in Nigeria during the Biafran War. She toured in Robert Icke’s The Doctor to Australia early in 2020 which ended abruptly due to COVID19.
She currently lectures Drama and Directing at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, and at RADA. Anni’s poems and short stories are published in various anthologies and her plays produced in the UK. An extract from her novel Breaking the Maafa Chain won the Myriad Editions First Novel competition in 2018 and is featured in the New Daughters of Africa (2019) anthology edited by Margaret Busby. Her first screenplay, ‘Blessed Assurance’ has just been filmed and will be out later this year. Her debut novel, Breaking the Maafa Chain, was published in September 2021 by Jacaranda. She is now working on the sequel Ominira.
Genealogist, Family Historian & Cultural Community Organiser
Sharon Tomlin began her love for working in the community over 25 years ago. She has over 25 years of experience working in the field of family history and genealogy that presently include current role in community organising. Her experience encompass working with individuals and families from diverse communities with a wide range of people within the African-Caribbean, Indo-Caribbean, other Western communities and select communities within the African diaspora in researching African and Caribbean (African and Indo-Caribbean) ancestry. She specialises in working with people from a wide range of cultures, communities and records of the Caribbean, United Kingdom, United States and Canada
She works and volunteers with individuals and organisations in Hammersmith and Fulham and the United Kingdom and abroad as well as across the public, private and voluntary sectors that include commissioned works in libraries, schools, community groups and organizations, television, Sobus, Windrush Foundation, The National Archives UK, Federation of Family History Societies and Familysearch. She has written and published contributing articles.