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Strictly come write-in: November in Hastings

It’s November and it’s NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, the phenomenon that has people globally putting pen to paper to achieve 50,000 words in one month. Anyone, regardless of experience, age, gender or nationality, can join the virtual international community and support network that helps people find their voice through writing – and what’s better than that? Hastings Central Library and Sea Kale are supporting local scribes by providing the space for the write-ins organised by HOT’s

Posted 18:17 Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 In: Literature Tags: A Vasudevan Creative Writing Hastings Central Library Hastings Creatives local write-ins monthly write-ins NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month Sea Kale write-ins Writing
Writing group in action

Want to do some creative writing but not sure where to start?

If so, the group run by Dany Louise  might be exactly what you are looking for. Dany runs an informal creative writing session once a month, focusing on one aspect of writing each session – could be dialogue, could be description, opening sentences, plotting, character, or any theme that makes good writing material (love, death, and pretty much everything in between).

Posted 11:43 Monday, Nov 5, 2018 In: Literature Tags: Dany Louise Magdalen & Lasher charity
Penny with her books

‘First In The World Somewhere’

First In The World Somewhere is a memoir by local resident, Penny Pepper: writer, poet, activist and punky pioneer. Described by actor, comedian and activist, Liz Carr as “A force of nature and a voice like no other”. Penny will be performing in Hastings, her home town, at Bookbuster in November.

Posted 12:45 Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 In: Literature Tags: BOOKBUSTER Come Home Alive Dianna Abbott First In The World Somewhere Liz Carr penny pepper The Naked Punk
Cathy Denman

Death comes to Hastings

Crime-fiction writers love seaside settings – the myriad ways to kill people perhaps – so, it’s surely not that surprising that Hastings should have its moment in the sun in the Dr Jocasta Hughes’ series. A. Vasudevan catches up with writer Candy Denman at one of Jocasta’s favourite bars.

Posted 12:21 Monday, Oct 15, 2018 In: Literature Tags: A Vasudevan Candy Denman crime fiction East Hill Hastings Hastings doctors independent bookshops Jo Hughes Jocasta Hughes live events reading on location St Leonards bookshops The Bookkeeper Kings Road the Stade
Jane Sarre, actively hoping -  and working towards a fairer future for all

Active Hope: a book club

Active Hope: How to Face the Mess we’re in Without Going Crazy. The challenges we currently face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. HOT’s Zelly Restorick asked Jane about the catalyst for forming the book group and her future vision. 

Posted 20:35 Monday, Sep 24, 2018 In: Literature Tags: alice privett Printed Matter Bookshop
Decolonising the University

‘De-colonising the University’

The book, Decolonising the University is the subject of a book talk organised by Lee Humphries at his bookshop, Printed Matter Bookshop on Queen’s Road. Two of the contributors will be present for the discussion.

Posted 10:29 Monday, Sep 3, 2018 In: Literature Tags: Lee Humphries Printed Matter Bookshop
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Hastings Literary Festival

Sam Davey could have come out of the womb with a book in her hand.  From there it was hardly a stretch to bcoming a writer herself and then to co-founding the first Hastings Literary Festival. When HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths talked to her about this new addition to the Hastings annual calendar of festivals and events, she explains: “I was raised on books. I could read before I could walk”.

Posted 14:50 Sunday, Aug 26, 2018 In: Literature Tags: Agatha Christie coastal currents Hastings Literary Festival Hercule Poirot International Composers Julian Sands Kevin Brooks Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Marcia Woolf Patrick Gale Rianna Walcott Sam Davey Seafood and Wine Simon Mower Trhough the Lens
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When feathers flew – women’s fight for change and the birth of the RSPB

HOT’s Esme Needham reviews Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather by local author Tessa Boase.

Posted 22:11 Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018 In: Literature
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