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The Jewelled Jaguar by Sharon Tregenza

Bookchat: Top five children’s books in East Sussex (and events July 16 onwards)

A total of 620 children from 36 schools in East Sussex voted to choose their favourite books in a competition organised as part of a series of events where authors read extracts of their work to children across the county. Angela J. Phillip looks at The Jewelled Jaguar by Sharon Tregenza which came first and the other four top books suitable for 9 – 11-year-olds (and upwards to about 95 or so).

Posted 09:00 Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Ally Sherrick Angela J. Phillip children's books Creative Writing courses CWP and New Writing South Hastings Literary Festival Ross Welford Sarah Lean Sharon Cohen Sharon Tregenza The Literary Shed
Lucy Cooke

Springwatch star Lucy lifts the lid on animals’ hidden lives in hometown show

TV presenter and author Lucy Cooke will be demolishing the myths and mystique surrounding some of the world’s best-loved creatures in a funny and fascinating show as part of  the Hastings Literary Festival, reports Angela J. Phillip.

Flash fiction

Bookchat: Flash fiction – kerpow! (and events July 9 onwards)

Yes, it’s very short. Condensed and explosive. Reader reads. Reader expands and story lingers. That’s how it works but how do you write a piece like that? Angela J. Phillip explores the form of the flash, dribble, drabble, micro – or the tiny tiny story with the long life.

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson

Bookchat: 10 books for summer reading (and events July 2 onwards)

Sun sweetly shines, sea gently ripples, relax and reach for a book.  Angela J. Phillip offers ten sizzlers you might like to try from detective stories through a strange tale with a philosophical slant to moving tales of love and music.

Posted 09:05 Tuesday, Jul 2, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: A Vasudevan All the light we cannot see Andrea Levy Angela J. Phillip Anthony Doerr Big Sky BOOKBUSTER Candy Denman Creative Writing courses CWP and New Writing South Elena Ferrante Esi Edugyan Hastings Literary Festival Hastingslitfest Jessie Burton Paul Burston The Bookkeeper Bookshop The Literary Shed The Printed Matter Bookshop Yaa Gyasi
Books by creative writing course graduates & tutors

Word of mouth on marvellous creative writing courses from CWP and New Writing South!

Has the time come to make your writing dreams come true? Do you want to improve and take steps towards getting published? After hearing so many good things about these courses, it was time to investigate. Course tutor and prize-winning author Umi Sinha together with students Annie Prime and Dick Kempson talk to Angela J. Phillip about their experiences.

Posted 09:00 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip Annie Prime CWP and New Writing South Dick Kempson Dr Mark Slater Umi Sinha
Susan Evans at Sheer Poetry

Sheer Poetry: Sheer Delight with Susan Evans, John D. Robinson and Lucy Brennan-Shiel

Collapsible stools, a bike and a motley collection of folk poured into the space in Bookbuster’s that Tim Barton had only just managed to get ready at the end of his long working day. And nobody could guess what a heavy day that had been as he handed out glasses of wine and, along with Pete Donohue who was hosting the event, made everyone welcome: the three special guests, poets from the surrounding areas and the ones like us who had come to listen.

Posted 18:45 Monday, Jun 24, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip BOOKBUSTER Brian Docherty Carole Segal James Joyce John D Robinson Lucy Brennan Shiel Merlin Betts Paul A.Green Pete Donohue Sheer Poetry Susan Evans Tim Barton Zarir Sethna
Cheerful writing

Bookchat: Reasons to feel cheerful and write (and events June 25 onwards)

Why do we write? Somebody said it was to find out what we think. Last Thursday at the Sheer Poetry event at Bookbusters, Susan Evans told us that Anais Nin said it was ‘to taste life twice’. Angela J. Phillip has a look at some of the reasons we write – and some of the effects!  

Posted 18:05 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: A Vasudevan Angela J. Phillip BOOKBUSTER New Writing South Rachel Neuburger-Reynolds reasons to write Susan Green The Bookkeeper Bookshop The Literary Shed The Printed Matter Bookshop
Dangerous

Bookchat: Writing is dangerous (and events June 18 onwards)

“No, don’t do it,” they said. “It will have terrible consequences,” and I started to think about how some people might use my story for their own purposes. Bad purposes. “Yes, you must write what you want,” somebody else said, “whatever the consequences.”

Posted 09:05 Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 In: Hastings Bookchat Tags: Angela J. Phillip BOOKBUSTER John Boyne My brother's name is Jessica Printed Matter Bookshop Rachel Neuburger The Bookkeeper Bookshop
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