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Adult fairies at the Bookkeeper

Local author Glyn Carter launches his first collection of short stories on Friday 10 May. Erica Smith wandered down the garden path to find out more.

Posted 17:04 Wednesday, May 8, 2019 In: Literature
Sir David Hare, Patron of Hastings LitFest

Hastings Literary Festival unveils 2019 programme

Hastings Literary Festival has announced its programme for 2019, featuring George Orwell’s adopted son Richard Blair, musician and writer Tracey Thorn, TV presenters Alice Roberts and Lucy Cooke, and many local authors among a wide array of literary talent. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths spills the beans.

Posted 13:13 Friday, Apr 19, 2019 In: Literature Tags: Alic Roberts Get Hastings Reading Hastings LitFest 2019 Lucy Cooke Rachel Reeves MP Richar Blair Simon Guerrier Sir David Hare

Interested in Kafka?

Local resident, Howard Colyer is giving a reading of his translation of Kafka’s Letter to my Father at Printed Matter Bookshop. HOT’s Zelly Restorick asks him about his connection with Kafka.

Posted 07:37 Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 In: Literature Tags: Howard Colyer Lee Humphries Letter to my Father Printed Matter Bookshop

Strictly come write-in: November in Hastings

It’s November and it’s NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, the phenomenon that has people globally putting pen to paper to achieve 50,000 words in one month. Anyone, regardless of experience, age, gender or nationality, can join the virtual international community and support network that helps people find their voice through writing – and what’s better than that? Hastings Central Library and Sea Kale are supporting local scribes by providing the space for the write-ins organised by HOT’s

Posted 18:17 Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 In: Literature Tags: A Vasudevan Creative Writing Hastings Central Library Hastings Creatives local write-ins monthly write-ins NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month Sea Kale write-ins Writing

Want to do some creative writing but not sure where to start?

If so, the group run by Dany Louise  might be exactly what you are looking for. Dany runs an informal creative writing session once a month, focusing on one aspect of writing each session – could be dialogue, could be description, opening sentences, plotting, character, or any theme that makes good writing material (love, death, and pretty much everything in between).

Posted 11:43 Monday, Nov 5, 2018 In: Literature Tags: Dany Louise Magdalen & Lasher charity

‘First In The World Somewhere’

First In The World Somewhere is a memoir by local resident, Penny Pepper: writer, poet, activist and punky pioneer. Described by actor, comedian and activist, Liz Carr as “A force of nature and a voice like no other”. Penny will be performing in Hastings, her home town, at Bookbuster in November.

Posted 12:45 Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 In: Literature Tags: BOOKBUSTER Come Home Alive Dianna Abbott First In The World Somewhere Liz Carr penny pepper The Naked Punk

Death comes to Hastings

Crime-fiction writers love seaside settings – the myriad ways to kill people perhaps – so, it’s surely not that surprising that Hastings should have its moment in the sun in the Dr Jocasta Hughes’ series. A. Vasudevan catches up with writer Candy Denman at one of Jocasta’s favourite bars.

Posted 12:21 Monday, Oct 15, 2018 In: Literature Tags: A Vasudevan Candy Denman crime fiction East Hill Hastings Hastings doctors independent bookshops Jo Hughes Jocasta Hughes live events reading on location St Leonards bookshops The Bookkeeper Kings Road the Stade

Active Hope: a book club

Active Hope: How to Face the Mess we’re in Without Going Crazy. The challenges we currently face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. HOT’s Zelly Restorick asked Jane about the catalyst for forming the book group and her future vision. 

Posted 20:35 Monday, Sep 24, 2018 In: Literature Tags: alice privett Printed Matter Bookshop
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