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Lauren by Thom Kofoed

This piece of writing is part of Thom Kofoed’s exhibition in the crypt at St Mary in the Castle, ‘untitled (Miss. Ms. Other)’. HOT’s Chandra Masoliver felt it was such a real, well written and heartfelt piece that we should publish it here.

Posted 13:28 Monday, Apr 24, 2017 In: Literature Tags: , ,
Andrea Needham

The Hammer Blow: author talk

The Hammer Blow: How 10 Women Disarmed A War Plane, a book written by local resident, mother and peace and environmental campaigner, Andrea Needham, was published earlier this year. The book describes her experience of disarming a Hawk warplane that was bound for illegally- occupied East Timor, threatening the lives of civilians. On Thursday 15 December Andrea gives a talk about her experience at the White Rock Hotel. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

Bronwen Griffiths with her book, Not Here, Not Us.

Not Here, Not Us

Earlier this month, Bronwen Griffiths published her book of short stories and flash fiction, Not Here, Not Us, about Syrian refugees and the situation in Syria. HOT’s Zelly Restorick asked Bronwen about her interest in the conflict, her support for the refugees, the organisations she’s involved with, her inspiration for writing the book and how we can find out more about the crisis. 

Robin Holtom, artist and author

In conversation with Robin Holtom (2)

Here HOT’s Chandra Masoliver continues her conversation with local artist, writer and art therapist Robin Holtom about different understandings of mental illness, as illustrated in his recently published book, ‘Perceval’s Quest’, plus Robin’s own views on orthodoxy and heresy – and the present-day treatment of people diagnosed as mentally ill.

Robin Holtom, artist and author

In conversation with Robin Holtom (1)

Local artist, writer and art therapist, Robin Holtom, talks with HOT’s Chandra Masoliver about his background and what inspired him to write his book ‘Perceval’s Quest’, published this year, and recently reviewed in HOT. They discuss some of the psychological and philosophical themes that the book explores and their contemporary relevance.

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The Stranger

Author Bronwen Griffiths was inspired by a recent HOT article to write a short story for us.

Posted 17:18 Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 In: Literature Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
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Delusions as metaphor: conflict and the middle ground

HOT’s Chandra Masoliver reviews local artist Robin Holtom’s recent book entitled, Perceval’s Quest. This is a commentary on the Victorian gentleman John Perceval’s account of his personal journey through madness. It rekindles questions about the causes and potentially illuminating or creative nature of so-called ‘mental derangement’, and its treatment through the ages.

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

Imagination Library launches in St Leos

Imagination Library, Dolly Parton’s visionary project to bring books to all children, was officially launched in St Leonards at Turner House. The scheme encourages young children to read books with those people who look after their well-being.

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