Paterson Joseph presents The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho

Paterson Joseph presents The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho

Date Time Location Price
Thursday, 12th October 2023 6.00pm - 9.00pm St Margaret's Church £5 - £20 Buy tickets via Eventbrite

Watch actor Paterson Joseph perform excerpts from his debut novel The Secret Diaries Of Charles Ignatius Sancho, the Georgian man of letters who escaped from a background of slavery, to become a best-selling author.

This special one-off evening offers you the chance to see the performance in the church where some of the most significant moments of Sancho’s life took place. St Margaret’s Church is where he married Anne Osborne in December 1758, and where their eight children were baptised.
There will be musical accompaniment of Sancho’s music by Ben Park during the evening and an opportunity for you to buy your own signed copy of The Secret Diaries Of Charles Ignatius Sancho by Paterson Joseph.

About Charles Ignatius Sancho

Sancho was the first known person of African descent to vote in a parliamentary election in England.
Sancho was feted by Dr Johnson, painted by Gainsborough and a correspondent of Laurence Sterne, author of Tristram Shandy, whom he encouraged to campaign against slavery. Leading aristocrats were among those who subscribed to his letters which were published posthumously. More about Charles Ignatius Sancho.

Tour and drinks reception

A short tour of St Margaret’s Church will be available to 'early birds' from 6.00pm to 6:20pm.
The evening will conclude with a drinks reception.


Tickets will go on sale at 9.00am, Monday 11 September. Ticket prices are:

  • General admission: £20
  • Westminster Abbey/The Thorney Island Society members: £15
  • Students: £5

Dignity season

This event forms part of our Dignity season, which focuses on the inherent value of every individual as given by God. As people created in the image of God, these events give us a chance to connect with the past, engage with the present, and shape a future where dignity and respect prevail.