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Lauren Child to speak at this year’s Storytelling Festival in Hastings

The well known children’s book author and new Children’s Laureate Lauren Child will be speaking at the Hastings Storytelling Festival this year. HOT’s youngest journalist, teenager Esme Needham, sent her some questions about her books and the importance of reading and writing for children and young people.

Posted 16:03 Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 In: Literature Tags: books Charlie and Lola children's books Children's Laureate Clarice Bean Esme Needham Hastings Storytelling Festival Ruby Redfort White Rock Theatre

Throw some coins into the sea to set a boat adrift

It is 100 years since the Russian Revolution. Like all turbulent times, it caused artists and writers to leave their home country. The Links Project, ExploreTheArch and The Wine Shed have teamed up to honour all authors displaced by unrestful times and political instability across the world.

Posted 19:31 Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 In: Literature Tags: #adrift #october17 A town explores a book ATownExploresABook Explore the Arch ExploreTheArch Links Project The Wine Shed

‘How to be a Nobody’

Call for experience. The forthcoming book, ‘How To Be A Nobody by…?’ will expound on the fallacy of status, how people have lost it, what it means if they gain it, how it relates to self-esteem and how the capitalist global market is dispossessing people who are having to resort to drastic measures to survive. The author, who at this stage wishes to remain anonymous, seeks brief examples of what it costs for a person to survive – in the UK or abroad – and how they continue to give despite the humblest circumstances. 

Posted 15:38 Monday, Aug 21, 2017 In: Literature Tags: poverty refugees sex workers

Summer Reading Challenge

Children in East Sussex are being enlisted to help a team of ‘animal agents’ as this year’s Summer Reading Challenge gets underway. Youngsters are being tasked with joining creatures furry, scaly and slippery, who are out to crack a case at the local library with the help of their friends.

Posted 16:33 Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 In: Literature Tags: Bill Bentley Summer Reading Challenge Tony Ross

Syrian short stories talk by author

Local author, Bronwen Griffiths will be giving a talk about her book of short stories about Syria, ‘Not Here, Not Us’ at the Cafe Rue de Pera in Queens Road at 6.30pm this Thursday, 27 July. She’ll be talking about why she wrote the book and giving some readings, including new and unpublished work.

Posted 08:57 Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 In: Literature Tags: Bronwen Griffiths refugees Syria

Angels of Islington

Political satire & supernatural fantasy collide as ‘Angels of Islington’ Serve & Protect! Former Whitehall insider and Hastings resident, Sam Davey launches her new book.

Posted 13:21 Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017 In: Literature Tags: Angels of Islington Civil Service John Manzoni Major Projects Authority Mirador Publishing Sam Davey

Celebrate the Mountains

You will be familiar with the creative endeavours of Thom Kofoed, local resident, part of the team at St Mary’s in the Castle and committed and determined artist, poet and writer. He and his partner, John Murray, have now created a weekly newsletter of their work – including poetry, prose and illustrations. They’ve both invested a huge amount of time and energy in developing their creativity – and now they’re sharing their work with you. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

Posted 16:34 Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017 In: Literature Tags: John Murray Lauren Thom Kofoed Untitled (Miss.Ms.Other)

Ed Boxall pier workshop

Come along to a free family fun-day on Hastings Pier on Saturday 10 June. Local author and illustrator, Ed Boxall and Hastings Pier have teamed up to create a new children’s book about the Pier, which will be launched on the day. Ed will also be offering free storytelling workshops during the day. Annalise Elam from 

Posted 12:00 Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 In: Literature Tags: Alexandra Park Greenhouse Group Annalise Elam Dolly Parton Hastings Borough Council Hastings Town Singers Imagination Library Imagine Nation Karen Shute’s yoga. The Discovery Playground The White Rock Theatre
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