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Plot matters (plus literary events from 1 Jan 2020)

Why do we tell stories? Why do we listen to them, watch them, read them? The plot is at the heart of things.  How do you devise one to keep your readers gripped? In a good novel, there  are endless ups and downs as well as unexpected twists. Angela J. Phillip goes in search of how to construct a perfect plot.

Happy Christmas! Whoops – careful with that book gift (plus literary events from 24 December 2019)

A book can be the best gift ever, but there are pitfalls. Angela J. Phillip offers brief comments on five questions raised by an article from The Guardian on the etiquette of giving books.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: ,

‘Climate Crisis’ Christmas cards greet Hastings and Rye MP

Extinction Rebellion (XR) may seem ‘extreme’ to some, but members of Extinction Rebellion Hastings and St Leonards say that they’re taking necessary and proportionate non-violent direct action in the face of an existential threat, one which many governments around the world are effectively ignoring. With this in mind, they sent some 

Posted 12:13 Monday, Dec 23, 2019 In: The HOT Planet Tags:

Marianne North’s botanical drawings on display at Horntye

An exhibition of botanical drawings by Marianne North, who travelled the world practising her skill, will be held at Horntye Park during this year’s international chess congress. Nick Terdre reports. All illustrations by kind permission of the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew.

Surviving the Streets’ invite to Christmas cheer at the YMCA

Once again Surviving the Streets UK will be opening the doors of the YMCA over the Christmas period to provide some seasonal cheer to the growing number of local residents marginalised by poverty. Co-founder James Robinson brings Nick Terdre up to date with the charity’s activities.

Scrooge’s redemption makes for a funny and seasonal Dickens show

Already a popular local tradition, A Penny Pincher’s Christmas Carol is back again. Bernard McGinley gets festive and forgets about Bah Humbug!

A scene from Aladdin at the White Rock Theatre

Aladdin weaves his magic at the White Rock Theatre

Journey to magical faraway lands at the White Rock Theatre this Christmas as Duncan James leads the cast in the ever popular Aladdin. White Rock Theatre beats the drum for this year’s festive family panto.

Posted 18:12 Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 In: Performance Tags: , , , , ,

Tim’s triple treat for Christmas and beyond (plus literary events from 17 Dec onwards)

Hello, dear readers, there are book treasures lurking on your doorstep. Tim Barton of Bookbuster in the Queen’s Road talks to Angela J. Phillip. He shares three of his favourite titles, all currently available in this independent bookshop –  fact and fiction, something for both adults and children. Come on in.

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