The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho

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Actor, writer, and storyteller Paterson Joseph chats with Trey Elling about ⁠THE SECRET DIARIES OF CHARLES IGNATIUS SANCHO: A NOVEL⁠. Sancho is an important figure in British history, who on top of being an 18th century abolitionist, writer, and composer, he was also the first British African to vote in Great Britain. Topics include:

  • A brief introduction of Charles Ignatius Sancho (0:46)
  • What Paterson most connects with about Sancho’s story (4:34)
  • How Sancho’s actual writings influenced Paterson’s novelization of his life (8:54)
  • Writing of Sancho dealing death through his own grief experiences (13:52)
  • How much Paterson enjoyed writing his first book and what he enjoyed about the process (18:37)
  • The key to a good story (23:14)
  • Paterson’s performance on HBO’s The Leftovers (27:45)
  • The cringeworthy joys of Peep Show (34:33)