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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
Browsing in Bookbuster

Bookchat: How to browse efficiently (and events Aug 6 onwards)

Seems like a contradiction – browsing and efficiency, but it isn’t. Both are necessary. Browsing equals slow and easy, gentle relaxation. Efficiency equals the speed with which you reach your goal. The more easily you hit your target for the kind of books you like, the more relaxed you will be and the bigger a bag you’ll need for your booty (or the bigger a letterbox you’ll need for your delivery – probably you’ll have to make sure a neighbour is in). Or you might be feeling thrifty so you just buy one and know that you’ve hit the jackpot. Hours of pleasure all lined up. But there are various ways to do it and you need to adapt from one place to another. Angela J. Phillip takes a look at how to organise your search.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip Belonging Francis Booth John D Robinson Pete Donohue Singing Arias Text Acts Umi Sinha
Metamorphosis 2 by Angela J. Phillip

Bookchat: How to write a poem- 1 (and events July 30 onwards)

It’s like a quilted bedspread or a wall-hanging. A piece of music perhaps. So lovely to see and feel what other people have made, but it’s thrilling – and liberating – to create your own. With the aid of Chuma Nwokolo, Jnr, John D. Robinson and Brian Docherty Angela J. Phillip finds out how to  write a poem.

Dalek coming to St Leonards

Dalek rolls into St Leonards as part of Litfest Doctor Who event

Doctor Who fans will get the chance to meet a ‘live’ Dalek face-to-face reports Angela J. Phillip. They will be able to use a special piece of kit to sound exactly like one of the Doctor’s fearsome adversaries at a special family event taking place at Hastings Literary Festival in August.

Catherine Cookson

Annual lecture launched to honour Hastings writer Catherine Cookson

Hastings Literary Festival has announced it is launching an annual Catherine Cookson Lecture, reports Angela J. Phillip. This is to honour the best-selling writer who made Hastings her home for many years.

Summer Reading Challenge Rocket Family

Join the space race for Summer Reading challenge!

YOUNG readers will be able to embark on an adventure that is out of this world with the return of the Summer Reading Challenge reports Angela J. Phillip.

Posted 23:44 Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip East Sussex Library Services Summer Reading Challenge
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