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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.

Posted 10:04 Sunday, Sep 15, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip Code 17 thrillers Francis Booth Songs of the Elder Sisters The January Legacy
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.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Alison Steel Andrea Samuelson Angela J. Phillip antony Mair Competition winners Hastings LItfest 2019 Francis Booth Paul Green Roz Balph
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.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Sep 3, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip DHH Literary Agency Hannah Sheppard Hastings LitFest 2019 How to submit your novel
'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.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Alice la Plante Alzheimer's Angela J. Phillip Aruna Vasudevan books about dementia Christine Bryden Dancing with dementia David Walliams Dementia from the inside Elizabeth is missing Emma Healey Francis Booth Grandpa's great escape Hastings Literary Festival 2019 Hastings LitFest 2019 Jennifer Bute John D Robinson Keeping Mum Lisa Genova Marianne Talbot Matthew Thomas Nicci Gerrard Pete Donohue Somebody I used to know Still Alice The memory activity book Turn of MInd We are not ourselves Wendy Mitchell What dementia teaches us about love
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.

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Bookchat: Be fearless – write your truth (and events Aug 13 onwards)

We have an almost overwhelming urge to make things better. To chop out ragged edges so that clear shapes emerge. To provide explanations and make things fit. The most powerful urge is to send a moral message but all these instincts are the enemies of our truths. Angela J. Phillip looks for inspiration from the writers of five incredible books who showed and shared their characters’ experience, but left the readers to interpret.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: A Vasudevan A. Solzhenitsyn Angela J. Phillip Beloved Francis Booth Frankenstein Giovanni's Room James Baldwin John D Robinson Kate Chopin One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich Pete Donohue Toni Morrison write your truth
Gangster School

East Sussex youngsters to get chance to design for children’s books

Some lucky Hastings and St Leonards youngsters will get the chance to see their creative work in print reports Angela J. Phillip. This will be in a popular children’s book series, thanks to author Kate Wiseman.

Posted 14:36 Friday, Aug 9, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip Chidlren's Books Ed Boxall Hastings library Hastings Literary Festival Hastings LitFest 2019 Kate Wiseman
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