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9 tips for writing dialogue (plus literary events from 5 Nov 2019)

There are no rules and a hundred ways to do anything. Having said that, there are certainly writing tips from which we can all benefit. Angela J. Phillip goes in search of current advice and gives some examples.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip how to write dialogue
A Brexit Party candidate looks likely in Hastings & Rye following PM Boris Johnson's refusal to play ball with Nigel Farage. (photo: Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Open Governent Licence v3.0).

Brexit Party candidacy looms in post Rudd Hastings

So there’ll be no Amber Rudd anywhere in the forthcoming general election, but whoever takes her place looks likely to be facing a Brexit Party opponent. The Labour and Lib Dem candidates have clashed over the Labour council’s regeneration policies. And – guess what? – Ukip is still lurking in the shadows. Nick Terdre provides an election update.

John Dorsey, poet

Prizewinning US poet, John Dorsey at Bookbusters (and literary events from 29 October 2019)

‘Do you need tickets?’ somebody asked at the door of Bookbusters as she peered into the crowded shop. But no, you didn’t. For a donation of a couple of pounds you could listen to the poems, read your own and have a glass of wine. Time out from the grey drizzle for two or three hours as Tim Barton, the shop owner, and Pete Donohue, the host, made everyone warmly welcome. The guest of honour was the prize-winning American poet, John Dorsey.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Alice Denny Angela J. Phillip BOOKBUSTER Brian Docherty John Dorsey Pete Donohue Tim Barton Tom O'Brien

3 Kinds of Writing Therapy (plus literary events from 22 October 2019)

Smiling is not what most of us feel like doing when something bad has happened and we may never come to the conclusion that we should smile about it, but writing is for everyone and it can ease our troubles. You can express your anger or your sadness, your pain or your delight. It matters how you feel and it will help to write it down to get it outside of you so you can have a look – and then change, move on. Angela J. Phillip investigates 3 kinds of writing therapy.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: 3 kinds of writing therapy Angela J. Phillip
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2 Great Sci-fi books with a difference (plus literary events from 15 Oct 2019)

Sci-fi books are not always about strange-looking aliens with whom earthlings are about to do battle. Angela J. Phillip briefly reviews two novels that could be said to be sci-fi but that don’t always feel as though they are. Each one offers a powerful comment on human beings and how we might develop. Each one is a thought-provoking read.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip Kazuo Ishiguro
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Join a community venture: make a difference

£400,000 share offer is now open. Energise South Society is a community benefit society that intends to install solar PV on schools and community buildings in the Hastings area, raising the funds needed through a public share offer. Tracey Heaword writes.

Posted 17:05 Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 In: Energy Wise
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Why not enter a writing competition? (plus literary events 8 Oct 2019 onwards)

Calling writers of all ages, be brave! Get your writing out there. Whatever you write – poems, short stories, novels of all genres – there is a competition for you. Angela J. Phillip goes in search of the best competitions.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip writing competitions 2019 writing competitions 2020
Author Dave Cousins with pupils from St Leonards C of E

Children’s author Dave Cousins brings his Crime Writing Tour to Hastings!

Children’s author Dave Cousins has teamed up with the National Literacy Trust and ALCS to bring his exciting Crime Writing Tour to St Leonard’s Church of England Primary Academy in Hastings, as he makes his way across the country reports Alex Wright.

Posted 20:07 Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Dave Cousins St Leonards C of E school
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