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    Maxim Kinasov after his prize-winning performance at the HIPCC finals in March (photo: John Cole).

    HIPCC runner-up Kinasov returns for summer recital

    Maxim Kinasov, the brilliant young Russian pianist who won second prize and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra prize at this year’s Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, is returning to the town to give this year’s prestigious Summer Recital at picturesque Fairlight Hall, on the afternoon of Sunday 7 July. Julian Norridge writes.
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    Susan Evans at Sheer Poetry

    Sheer Poetry: Sheer Delight with Susan Evans, John D. Robinson and Lucy Brennan-Shiel

    Collapsible stools, a bike and a motley collection of folk poured into the space in Bookbuster’s that Tim Barton had only just managed to get ready at the end of his long working day. And nobody could guess what a heavy day that had been as he handed out glasses of wine and, along with Pete Donohue who was hosting the event, made everyone welcome: the three special guests, poets from the surrounding areas and the ones like us who had come to listen.

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    Cheerful writing

    Bookchat: Reasons to feel cheerful and write (and events June 25 onwards)

    Why do we write? Somebody said it was to find out what we think. Last Thursday at the Sheer Poetry event at Bookbusters, Susan Evans told us that Anais Nin said it was ‘to taste life twice’. Angela J. Phillip has a look at some of the reasons we write – and some of the effects!  

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    Celebrating 60 years of Ronnie Scott’s iconic jazz club

    Ronnie Scott’s Story, White Rock Theatre, Wednesday 19 June 2019:  London’s most famous jazz venue is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and Ronnie Scott’s All Stars are on tour to tell the story. HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick went to hear them when they came to the White Rock Theatre last week for an evening of nostalgia and story-telling, linked with music spanning the whole of the history of the club.

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    MP impressed with community support for Marshlink stations

    Hastings & Rye MP Amber Rudd, who has lobbied the government for improved rail links to London, has been given a whistle-stop tour to view community work, including artwork by schoolchildren, being undertaken at some of the Marshlink stations between Hastings and Ashford.

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    Our very own Fringe Festival!

    Hastings Theatre Festival Launch 2019

    Hastings Fringe is thrilled to announce the launch of the 1st annual Hastings Theatre Festival in 2019. The Festival brings world-class theatre to Hastings and St Leonards on Sea and will take place from the 1 – 7 July in selected venues.

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    Why I joined the Extinction Rebellion

    from Extinction Rebellion (XR) Rye writes about what catalysed him to join the XR movement and how it has helped him to overcome his climate change disavowal.

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    Strandliner: cleaner beaches, cleaner seas

    Andy Dinsdale, initiator of Strandliner, would like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who have been able to give their time and energy for the clean ups and recordings.

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    Fund raising challenge: Race To The Stones

    Education Futures Trust (EFT) volunteer, Emily Mitchell (19), has taken on the epic challenge, Race To The Stones, in July in a quest to raise funds for the Hastings based charity.

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    World Listening Day 2019

    You are invited to participate in World Listening Day 2019, an annual global event held every 18 July. 

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    21 June: Youth Strike 4 Climate in Hastings

    This coming Friday (21 June 2019), Youth Strike 4 Climate in Hastings and St Leonards have organised another action for Climate Justice. Your presence and support are needed. HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

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    Celebratory production at Stables opens Friday

    On Friday the curtains will open on one of the highlights of the Stables Theatre’s 60th anniversary celebrations, a production by its American exchange partners, Chicago Heights Drama Group. On Sunday a lunch was held to mark the day the theatre opened its doors for the first time in 1959. Publicist Lynda Foy writes, photos by Colin Foy.

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    Dangerous

    Bookchat: Writing is dangerous (and events June 18 onwards)

    “No, don’t do it,” they said. “It will have terrible consequences,” and I started to think about how some people might use my story for their own purposes. Bad purposes. “Yes, you must write what you want,” somebody else said, “whatever the consequences.”

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    Best Bookshops: Bookbuster, Queens Rd, Hastings

    That’s right – not Blockbuster (past and gone), it’s book …book … Bookbuster (alive and exciting)! Tim Barton talks to Angela J. Phillip about what it’s like to run a small independent bookshop promoting poetry and offering book selections and interesting additional services to meet local needs.

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    First tango in Rye’s new venue

    Hastings Philharmonic gave their first concert at the new Bridge Point arts centre in Rye on Saturday 15 June. Dedicated to the tango, the event was witnessed by HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick.

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    FIESTA: A Night of Passion

    Hastings Sinfonia is working on their most exciting concert yet. Their summer concert will be FIESTA: A Night Of Passion, to be held at St Mary in the Castle on Saturday 6 July at 7.30pm. Sandra Goodsell, chair of Hastings Sinfonia, writes.

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