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How do you know if I’m real? (plus literary events from 17 Sept 2019)

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) about to write our news stories, articles and novels? We’ve got cars that drive themselves, planes that no longer need a pilot, fake news to manipulate our voting patterns, so how about stories? Are writers about to be made redundant? Shall we be left at the mercy of algorithms devised by the powerful to lull us into submission to their agendas? Angela J. Phillip investigates (or at least, she says it’s her).

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: ,
Printed Matter Bookshop, 185 Queens Rd, Hastings

Best Bookshops: The Printed Matter Bookshop, 185 Queens Rd, Hastings

More than just a place to buy interesting books, The Printed Matter Bookshop runs author events and book clubs – and you can get vinyl, too. Lee Humphries talks to Angela J. Phillip about the delights and difficulties of running an independent bookshop.

Posted 13:40 Monday, Sep 16, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: , ,
Code 17 by Francis Booth

Interviews with writers: Francis Booth – Code 17 thrillers and much much more

Francis Booth, a highly acclaimed writer based in St Leonards has more than twenty titles to his name. This year he has published two new thrillers: Code 17 and Code 17.2. Angela J. Phillip goes to see him to find out more.

New Writing South prize winners: L-R: Andrea Samuelson; Antony Mair; NWS chief executive Lesley Wood and Glyn Carter.

East Sussex writers triumph in international competition (and literary events from 10 Sept 2019)

Writers from Bexhill, Hastings and St Leonards fought off stiff international competition to pick up key prizes in Hastings Literary Festival’s 2019 competition, which featured short story, poetry and flash fiction categories reports Alison Steel from Hastings Litfest.

Hannah Sheppard

How to submit your novel – advice from Hannah Sheppard (and literary events from 3 Sept 2019)

Hope sprouts like a weed in the heart of every aspiring author when Hannah Sheppard from the DHH Literary Agency walks into the room. The Hastings Litfest workshop on How to prepare your novel for submission was held on Friday 30th and Angela J. Phillip reports on what happened.

'The closer I get' by Paul Burston

The Closer I Get, a book of our time (and literary events from 27 Aug, 2019)

A. Vasudevan reviews Paul Burston’s new book, published by Orenda Books.

Somebody I used to know by Wendy Mitchell

Dementia – eleven books to help us cope (and literary events from 20 Aug 2019)

A search in the mind for a word that you used to know and you start to worry. Not about the word. About getting dementia. Do you have a friend or a loved one with Alzheimer’s? Do you find it difficult? Angela J. Phillip reports on eleven books that might help us to cope.

Paul Burston

Hastings author’s traumatic experience sparks idea for novel

A Hastings author has turned his shattering personal experience of being cyber-stalked into material for a new thriller, which is gaining glowing reviews report  the organisers of Hastings LitfestPaul Burston, author of six novels and editor of two short story collections, was subject to homophobic harassment over a sustained period.

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