Sabrina Pace-Humphreys joins us on stage to share her story; a tale of triumph: of grit and determination, of hope over despair.
Sabrina is an award-winning businesswoman, an ultrarunner, a social justice activist and a recovering alcoholic, a mother of four and grandmother of three.
She is a mixed-race woman, racialised as Black - the product of a union between a white Scottish roman catholic woman and a Black church of England man.
When she was two, her parents separated and Sabrina, her mother and her white-presenting younger sister moved to a small market town where no-one looked like her. From as young as she can remember, she was the subject of verbal and physical racist abuse.
Poignant and eye-opening, Sabrina reveals how she got from there to here: about growing up in a home, a school and a town where no-one looked like her and her subsequent struggle to understand and find her identity; about her lived experience of rural racism; about becoming a teenage mother and her determination to break that stereotype; about her battle with alcoholism and her mental health; about how running saved her life; and ultimately about how someone can not only survive but thrive in spite of their past.
In July 2020 she co-founded the fast-growing community and campaigning charity, Black Trail Runners, and is also a well-known ultra-marathon runner. She finished the 'toughest footrace on earth', a 250km multi-stage marathon across the Sahara Desert known as the Marathon des Sables, as tenth UK woman!
Her new book Black Sheep will be available to purchase at the Festival book store over the Festival weekend.
There will be a book signing straight after the event.
Published by Quercus Publishing
'Equal parts illuminating, insightful, inspiring and intimate. Sabrina has given us a gift here, in her vulnerability and willingness to tell her story with such openness.' - Jeffrey Boakye