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Welcome to the

HASTINGS
 BOOK FESTIVAL 

16 - 25 SEPTEMBER 2022

THE HASTINGS BOOK FESTIVAL IS BACK

We are delighted to be back and look forward to welcoming you to East Sussex's most vibrant book festival. Early bird tickets on sale now - watch this space for more details and even more events!

 

Full programme to be published August 8th.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Everyday Magic: The Four Elements of Creativity
    16 Sept, 14:00 – 17:00
    Hastings Library, Brassey Institute, 13 Claremont, Hastings TN34 1HE, UK
    Join Andrew Wille editor, teacher and writer with a special interest in mindfulness and intuitive approaches to creativity to add new energy, feeling and clarity to your work. Andrew has worked at all the main publishing houses. A must for writers looking to develop their practice.
  • Getting Published - A New Writing South Panel Event
    16 Sept, 15:00
    Kino-Teatr, Norman Rd, St Leonards, TN38 0EG,
    New Writing South Panel Event: What to Do if You Want to Get Published. Join Beth Miller, Lou Tondeur and Laura Wilkinson as they unpick the stages you need to go through to have the best chance of seeing your work in print.
  • So Potent Art - The Magic of Shakespeare
    16 Sept, 17:00 – 18:00
    Kino-Teatr, Norman Rd, St Leonards, TN38 0EG,
    So Potent Art explores astrology and philosophy in addition to herbalism, ghosts, and divine intervention, as actor, writer and artist Emily Carding considers the magic that underpins so much of the bard’s writing.
  • The Creative Spark  - creative  workshop for adults
    17 Sept, 11:00 – 13:00
    Printworks, 14 Claremont, Hastings TN34 1HA, UK
    The Creative Spark - this workshop brings all the muse to the yard. For adults who think the creative stuff shouldn't just be for kids!
  • Meet the Agent: Hannah Sheppard and Tom Drake-Lee
    17 Sept, 13:30 – 16:10
    Clifton Centre, 1 Stainsby St, St Leonards, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN37 6LA, UK
    We offer one-to-one sessions with brilliant agents and are thrilled to offer two agents across two days this year. Hannah Sheppard and Tom Drake-Lee are literary agents with the DHH Literary Agency. This page is for Hannah’s sessions on 17th September. For Tom on 22nd September see link below.
  • How Literature Can Help Your Mental Health
    17 Sept, 14:00 – 15:00 BST
    Kino-Teatr, 43 Norman Rd, Hastings, St Leonards, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN38, UK
    Could Proust work as Prozac? Should literature be prescribed?
  • Three Poets - John McCullough. Jess Mookherjee, Freddie Lewis
    17 Sept, 19:00 – 21:00
    Kino-Teatr, Norman Road, St Leonards, TN38 0EG
    We are delighted to welcome back Hastings Bookfest favourite, Jess Mookherjee for an evening of poetry readings, lively conversation and music. This year Jess is joined by fellow poet John McCullough and poet/musician Freddie Lewis.
  • Vote Me ! - craft workshop for 10-16 year olds
    18 Sept, 10:00 – 11:30
    Printworks, 14 Claremont, Hastings TN34 1HA, UK
    What do you stand for? What are you about? Get the word out there!
  • Hastings Stanza: Poetry to Stimulate your Appetite
    18 Sept, 12:00 – 13:00 BST
    Printworks, 14 Claremont, Hastings TN34 1HA, UK
    A Sunday pre-lunch treat from Hastings Stanza poets, covering a wide variety of styles and subjects.
  • "A Joy Forever": a walk out with John Keats by Julia Bird & Mike Sims
    18 Sept, 14:00 – 15:00
    Kino-Teatr, Norman Rd, St Leonards, TN38 0EG
    A Joy Forever - encounters with Keats and Wordsworth developed by poets and friends Julia Bird and Mike Sims. Find out more about Keats connection to St Leonards!
  • Anita Kelsey: The Cat Whisperer
    Sun, 18 Sept
    Kino-Teatr
    18 Sept, 16:00
    Kino-Teatr, Norman Rd, St Leonards, TN38 0EG
    Calling all cat owners and cat lovers! The hugely experienced and knowledgeable cat behaviourist and author, Anita Kelsey, is bringing her understanding of all things feline to this year’s Hastings Book Festival.
  • Author Panel: The delights and challenges of writing YA
    18 Sept, 19:00 – 21:00
    Kino-Teatr, Norman Rd, St Leonards, TN38 0EG,
    Join us as three best-selling and influential voices in the YA world come together to discuss the delights and challenges of writing for young adults.
  •  Royal Childhood and Child Kingship - with Dr Emily Joan Ward
    19 Sept, 14:00
    Bexhill, Egerton Rd, Bexhill, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 3HL, UK
    A Marie in the Margins event - with comparative historian Dr Emily Joan Ward, discussing the importance of children within medieval society.
  • An American Paradise
    Mon, 19 Sept
    Kino-Teatr
    19 Sept, 17:00 – 18:00
    Kino-Teatr, Norman Rd, St Leonards, TN38 0EG,
    Jack Parlett in conversation with Michael O'Rourke about Jack's book Fire Island, a slim strip of land off the coast of New York, and a place of hedonism, reinvention and liberation.
  • Natalie Haynes: Stone Blind
    Mon, 19 Sept
    Kino-Teatr
    19 Sept, 19:00 – 20:00 BST
    Kino-Teatr, Norman Rd, St Leonards, TN38 0EG
    Natalie Haynes takes you on a fast-paced tour through the history of Medusa, who she was and why we still see her all around us today.
  • From Asgard to Atlantis
    Tue, 20 Sept
    Printworks
    20 Sept, 15:00 – 16:00
    Printworks, 14 Claremont, Hastings TN34 1HA, UK
    A journey through the imagination of best-selling children’s fantasy author Kate O’Hearn.
  • Lynne Murphy: How the English Language is changing
    20 Sept, 19:00 – 20:00
    Printworks, Hastings, 14 Claremont, Hastings TN34 1HA, UK
    From proficient to efficient: the changing English language. Is English shrinking? Probably, yes. But maybe not in the way you were thinking. This talk looks at the ways in which written style has changed over the past century, making different use of the grammatical possibilities English offers.
  • Connecting to the world via Shakespeare - a Practitioners Workshop
    21 Sept, 10:00 – 13:00
    Printworks, 14 Claremont, Hastings TN34 1HA, UK
    In this three hour workshop, participants will explore their connection with the world and themselves via the use of Shakespearean text and Renaissance philosophy. The workshop will be led by author and award-winning theatre practitioner Emily Carding.
 
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BOOK TICKETS online 

Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Kino-Teatr, Normans Road in St Leonards and The Hastings Bookshop, Trinity Street Hastings from 01/08/2022