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Loneliness, comfort and a little science fiction (plus local literary info)

Our lives have taken a surreal turn as though we’ve suddenly stepped into a science fiction movie that we weren’t expecting. Here are some books to read while we are self-isolating or looking after others – researched by Angela J. Phillip.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip uplifting novels

Comfort food – Part 1 (plus local literary info)

Do you  need a change from nordic noir or, as things are at the moment, global noir? Coronavirus means that we’re all in this together, but ironically, it’s the kind of shared experience that we are going to survive best if we stay on our own. Angela J. Phillip goes in search of some good books to lift our spirits. Time to stock up. Might be just as good as pasta and baked beans – and equally as necessary.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip uplifting books
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Writing for magazines (plus local literary info)

Why might you be interested? What opportunities are there? How can you get paid for it? Angela J. Phillip goes in search of answers.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip writing for magazines

Hastings Literary Festival 2020 writing competitions launched (and local literary info)

Hastings Literary Festival has launched its writing competitions for 2020, offering prizes of up to £200 as well as support packages for emerging local writers writes Alison Steel.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags:

Dos and don’ts of entering a writing competition (plus local literary info)

Hastings Literary Festival has just launched its writing competitions for this year and there are many more. It’s a chance to have your work evaluated and hopefully, you might win a prize – money or  publication. Angela J. Phillip investigates the dos and don’ts of how to maximise your chance of success.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip

Do you need some romance in your life? (plus local literary info)

It’s not just boy meets girl or girl meets girl or boy meets boy, but that’s part of it. Romantic novels are ‘romantic’ in a wider sense. We’re just past Valentine’s Day and this month sees the shortlists for the awards for romantic fiction. It is the best-selling type of fiction and there are nine categories rewarding different areas of the genre. Angela J. Phillip reports.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip Ellie Darkins Emma Smith-Barton Lesley Eames romantic novels
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A magical evening in Hastings for Harry Potter fans

On Friday (7 February), families from across Hastings celebrated all things magical at a spectacular Harry Potter Book Night event in Hastings Library. The National Literacy Trust reports with photos from the event in Hastings Library. Photos by Caitlin Lock.

Posted 17:05 Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Harry Potter Hastings library National Literacy Trust
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Using exercise as medicine (plus literary events from 11 Feb onwards)

We are so familiar with the old saying that exercise is good for you that we no longer pay any attention to it. But it’s true! There is a deluge of recent research demonstrating the benefits of exercise – a wonder drug, they say. Exercise benefits both our bodies and our minds. Makes us live longer, feel more cheerful, sleep better. Angela J. Phillip goes in search of some books that offer information and guidelines about how to move more and move better.

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Adam Campbell Alex Hutchinson Angela J. Phillip Bill Bryson book groups Cardio or weights exercise as medicine John Ratey Oxygen Advantage Patrick McKeown SPARK T. McCall The Body: a guide for occumpants Women's Health writing groups Yoga as medicine
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