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Robert Tressell

Hastings celebrates Tressell

The work of Robert Tressell, author of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, was celebrated at a one-day festival held at the University of Brighton Campus in Priory Square, Hastings on Saturday the 13th July 2013.  Local author Leigh Kennedy went along to enjoy the event and review it for HOT.

Ann Kramer

Ann Kramer: local writer and historian

Local non-fiction writer Ann Kramer, commissioned by publishers to write on specialist subjects such as women in the world wars and, most recently, conscientious objectors, talks to HOT’s Xaverine Bates about making a living as a writer and the intricacies of researching and writing.

Posted 07:36 Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 In: Literature Tags: , , ,
Penny Pepper

Penny Pepper: writer, poet, activist, performer

Penny Pepper’s writing focuses on the exploration of difference and diversity, and unpicking the irresistible dark underbelly to life. Genre-defying and quirky, her work is infused with her passion as a veteran inclusive arts activist. She’s currently working on the final draft of her novel Fancy Nancy, and keeps the creative buzz going by writing flash fiction and planning her memoir ‘First in the World, Somewhere’. HOT’s Xaverine Bates caught up with her armed with some questions.

Stuart

Pigs’ Disco, by Stuart Griffiths

A review by John Knowles.

Posted 12:13 Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 In: Literature Tags: , , , , , , ,
VG Lee

Q&A with local writer & comedian VG Lee

HOT’s Xaverine Bates caught up with VG Lee ahead of her reading works from the ‘Her Eye’ series as part of riart Grrrls’ female author series, featuring local artist & editor Rachel Lever.

Posted 21:29 Monday, Jun 3, 2013 In: Literature Tags: , , ,
Her Mind's Eye, ed. Rachel Lever

Writing, activism, feminism: then and now.

Local artist, film-maker, all-purpose scribe and social agitator Rachel Lever talks to HOT’s Xaverine Bates  about her upcoming talk, the second in riart Grrrls’ female author series, during which she will discuss her work as editor of the Her Eye series in the 1990s, working at Spare Rib and other feminist publications, as well as her take on the resurgent wave of global feminism.

Posted 12:54 Wednesday, May 22, 2013 In: Literature Tags: , , , , , ,
Richard Makin

Insane Leonards:

Richard Makin

Posted 20:45 Friday, Apr 26, 2013 In: Literature
AK Benedict on the Seafront in St Leonards © Erica Smith

Meet AK Benedict

Tonight (Thursday 25 April) Alexandra Benedict, a.k.a. AK Benedict, is opening the riart Grrrls series of events celebrating women authors at Claremont Studios in Kings Road, St Leonards. HOT’s Erica Smith asks AK about her latest book, The Beauty of Murder, published by Orion.

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