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Another of Lauren Child's books featuring Clarice Bean

Lauren Child to speak at this year’s Storytelling Festival in Hastings

The well known children’s book author and new Children’s Laureate Lauren Child will be speaking at the Hastings Storytelling Festival this year. HOT’s youngest journalist, teenager Esme Needham, sent her some questions about her books and the importance of reading and writing for children and young people.

A quote from displaced Russian author Alia Aivasovsky

Throw some coins into the sea to set a boat adrift

It is 100 years since the Russian Revolution. Like all turbulent times, it caused artists and writers to leave their home country. The Links Project, ExploreTheArch and The Wine Shed have teamed up to honour all authors displaced by unrestful times and political instability across the world.

How To Be A Nobody by…?

‘How to be a Nobody’

Call for experience. The forthcoming book, ‘How To Be A Nobody by…?’ will expound on the fallacy of status, how people have lost it, what it means if they gain it, how it relates to self-esteem and how the capitalist global market is dispossessing people who are having to resort to drastic measures to survive. The author, who at this stage wishes to remain anonymous, seeks brief examples of what it costs for a person to survive – in the UK or abroad – and how they continue to give despite the humblest circumstances. 

Posted 15:38 Monday, Aug 21, 2017 In: Literature Tags: , ,
Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

Children in East Sussex are being enlisted to help a team of ‘animal agents’ as this year’s Summer Reading Challenge gets underway. Youngsters are being tasked with joining creatures furry, scaly and slippery, who are out to crack a case at the local library with the help of their friends.

Posted 16:33 Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 In: Literature Tags: , , ,
Bronwen Griffiths with her book, Not Here, Not Us.

Syrian short stories talk by author

Local author, Bronwen Griffiths will be giving a talk about her book of short stories about Syria, ‘Not Here, Not Us’ at the Cafe Rue de Pera in Queens Road at 6.30pm this Thursday, 27 July. She’ll be talking about why she wrote the book and giving some readings, including new and unpublished work.

Posted 08:57 Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 In: Literature Tags: , , , ,
Angels of Islington

Angels of Islington

Political satire & supernatural fantasy collide as ‘Angels of Islington’ Serve & Protect! Former Whitehall insider and Hastings resident, Sam Davey launches her new book.

Celebrate the Mountains Image by Thom Kofoed

Celebrate the Mountains

You will be familiar with the creative endeavours of Thom Kofoed, local resident, part of the team at St Mary’s in the Castle and committed and determined artist, poet and writer. He and his partner, John Murray, have now created a weekly newsletter of their work – including poetry, prose and illustrations. They’ve both invested a huge amount of time and energy in developing their creativity – and now they’re sharing their work with you. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

Imagine Nation/Turner House Launch. Turner House, 6 Pevensey Road TN38 0JZ

Ed Boxall pier workshop

Come along to a free family fun-day on Hastings Pier on Saturday 10 June. Local author and illustrator, Ed Boxall and Hastings Pier have teamed up to create a new children’s book about the Pier, which will be launched on the day. Ed will also be offering free storytelling workshops during the day. Annalise Elam from 

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