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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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Bookchat: You tell the stories your way – life writing as only you know how (and events July 23 onwards)

Is it about writing a whole life story? No, not really. What then? It’s about hundreds and thousands of stories. All yours and only you can do it. That’s what it is. The stories of your life. Little ones, big ones, other people’s stories seen through your eyes. Your opinions on things. Think of Phoebe Waller-Bridge with Fleabag. Think of Karl Ove Knausgaard. The stories will be there for your children or other people’s children. For everyone. You can make us laugh and cry and wonder at the life you’ve led. Angela J. Phillip has a look at how to do it.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip Hastings Literary Festival Hastings LitFest 2019 Life writing
The Jewelled Jaguar by Sharon Tregenza

Bookchat: Top five children’s books in East Sussex (and events July 16 onwards)

A total of 620 children from 36 schools in East Sussex voted to choose their favourite books in a competition organised as part of a series of events where authors read extracts of their work to children across the county. Angela J. Phillip looks at The Jewelled Jaguar by Sharon Tregenza which came first and the other four top books suitable for 9 – 11-year-olds (and upwards to about 95 or so).

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Ally Sherrick Angela J. Phillip children's books Creative Writing courses CWP and New Writing South Hastings Literary Festival Ross Welford Sarah Lean Sharon Cohen Sharon Tregenza The Literary Shed
Lucy Cooke

Springwatch star Lucy lifts the lid on animals’ hidden lives in hometown show

TV presenter and author Lucy Cooke will be demolishing the myths and mystique surrounding some of the world’s best-loved creatures in a funny and fascinating show as part of  the Hastings Literary Festival, reports Angela J. Phillip.

Flash fiction

Bookchat: Flash fiction – kerpow! (and events July 9 onwards)

Yes, it’s very short. Condensed and explosive. Reader reads. Reader expands and story lingers. That’s how it works but how do you write a piece like that? Angela J. Phillip explores the form of the flash, dribble, drabble, micro – or the tiny tiny story with the long life.

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