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Imagine That!

This year marks the Platinum Anniversary of the Hastings Writers’ Group. Yes, that’s 70 years! As part of their celebrations, they decided to publish a children’s anthology to support local charities and encourage the authors of the future. Amanda Giles from the Anthology Team writes.

Posted 05:55 Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 In: Literature Tags: Amanda Giles Anne Hooker Anne Spiring Carol Pullen Charity for Kids Hastings Writers’ Group Imagine That! Rosemary Bartholomew Roz Balp The Oliver Curd Trust

Wide, fantastic circles

Thom Kofoed writes.

Posted 09:54 Tuesday, May 30, 2017 In: Literature Tags: Thom Kofoed

Lauren by Thom Kofoed

This piece of writing is part of Thom Kofoed’s exhibition in the crypt at St Mary in the Castle, ‘untitled (Miss. Ms. Other)’. HOT’s Chandra Masoliver felt it was such a real, well written and heartfelt piece that we should publish it here.

Posted 13:28 Monday, Apr 24, 2017 In: Literature Tags: Chandra Masoliver Lauren Conrad Thom Kofoed

The Hammer Blow: author talk

The Hammer Blow: How 10 Women Disarmed A War Plane, a book written by local resident, mother and peace and environmental campaigner, Andrea Needham, was published earlier this year. The book describes her experience of disarming a Hawk warplane that was bound for illegally- occupied East Timor, threatening the lives of civilians. On Thursday 15 December Andrea gives a talk about her experience at the White Rock Hotel. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

Not Here, Not Us

Earlier this month, Bronwen Griffiths published her book of short stories and flash fiction, Not Here, Not Us, about Syrian refugees and the situation in Syria. HOT’s Zelly Restorick asked Bronwen about her interest in the conflict, her support for the refugees, the organisations she’s involved with, her inspiration for writing the book and how we can find out more about the crisis. 

Posted 18:19 Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 In: Literature Tags: A bird in the house Bronwen Griffiths Earlyworks Kay Green Not Here Not Us Samar Yazbek Syria Solidarity UK Women Now For Development

In conversation with Robin Holtom (2)

Here HOT’s Chandra Masoliver continues her conversation with local artist, writer and art therapist Robin Holtom about different understandings of mental illness, as illustrated in his recently published book, ‘Perceval’s Quest’, plus Robin’s own views on orthodoxy and heresy – and the present-day treatment of people diagnosed as mentally ill.

Posted 17:43 Monday, Nov 28, 2016 In: Literature Tags: Chandra Masoliver Delusions as Metaphor George Ivanovich Gurdjieff Henry Maudsley Jesus Christ Maudsley Hospital Mental Illness orthodoxy and heresy Robin Holtom Royal College of Psychiatrists Samuel Hobbs Springfield Hospital

In conversation with Robin Holtom (1)

Local artist, writer and art therapist, Robin Holtom, talks with HOT’s Chandra Masoliver about his background and what inspired him to write his book ‘Perceval’s Quest’, published this year, and recently reviewed in HOT. They discuss some of the psychological and philosophical themes that the book explores and their contemporary relevance.

Posted 08:36 Thursday, Nov 24, 2016 In: Literature Tags: British Association of Art Therapists Chandra Masoliver Charismatic Church David Cooper Edward Adamson Hugh Crawford John Perceval Percival's Quest RD Laing Robert Baxter Robin Holtom Royal College of Art Sigmund Freud Steps To An Ecology of Mind The Bird of Paradise the legend of Parsifal The Palace of the Intestines The Philadelphia Assocaition The Politics of Experience William Blake

The Stranger

Author Bronwen Griffiths was inspired by a recent HOT article to write a short story for us.

Posted 17:18 Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 In: Literature Tags: asylum seeker booby Bronwen Griffiths migrant migration off course red-legged refugee RSPB stranger
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