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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
00PurpleFeather

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
Commemorative Photograph of Bloomsday 2018 taken outside Hastings Library Photo Alex Brattell

Success of Bloomsday1066

On 16 June, Bloomsday1066 came to Hastings Library, celebrated with readings from James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses, the events of which took place in Dublin on that day in 1904. 

Posted 18:53 Monday, Jul 2, 2018 In: Literature Tags: Alex Brattell Bloomsday1066 Dublin Emily Carding Hastings library James Joyce Lucy Brennan Shiel Mr Henry Young Peter Ford Ulysses yumino Seki
Tessa Boase

Mrs Pankhurst’s voluptuous purple feather

Printed Matter Bookshop in Hastings has invited local writer, Tessa Boase to give a talk on her new book, Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather : Fashion, Fury and Feminism – Women’s Fight for Change. Owner Lee Humphries writes.

Posted 10:20 Sunday, Jun 3, 2018 In: Literature Tags: Emmeline Pankhurst Etta Lemon Fury and Feminism - Women's Fight for Change Lee Humphries Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather : Fashion Tess Boase
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