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Festival 2023

Highlights of the 2023 Hastings Book Festival


Wes Streeting

The Shadow Health Secretary talks about his new book - One Boy, Two Bills and a Fry Up – A Memoir of Growing Up and Getting On.


Nigel planer

Celebrated actor and writer NIGEL PLANER, star of The Young Ones, will be talking about the first book in the Time Shard Chronicles - a new time-travel fantasy trilogy.

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graham duff

Join the multiple award winning writer, Graham Duff, for a three hour workshop on writing for screen and radio.


PANEl discussion

Trix Worrell, creator and writer of television's Desmond's, Patrice Lawrence MBE, award winning writer, and Henry Normal, retired managing director of Baby Cow Productions, talk about the challenges and successes of their careers.


alex milway

Join author Alex Milway for a lively session of stories, music and drawing.


Sara Pascoe

The comedian, television presenter and writer talks about her debut novel - Weirdo.


patrice lawrence

CHILDREN'S EVENT : Patrice Lawrence at the Hastings Library - A lively, fun and free event for children from 3-7 years old


tom crewe

Tom Crewe - one of the Granta Best of Young British Novelists 2023 - will be talking to BBC producer Simon Richardson about his historical novel The New Life which has won the 2023 Orwell Prize.


6 x ten minute talks

A fast moving morning in which a specially chosen set of local , published non fiction authors, talk about their specialist subjects for just 10 minutes each.

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hannah sheppard

We offer a limited number of one-to-one sessions with a brilliant literary agent.


Selina godden

Join one of the UK’s foremost poets and writers - Salena Godden - for an explosive evening with an electrifying performance



An evening showcasing local talent hosted by the legendary VG Lee.


andrew wilie

Magicians and Fools - Tarot For Writers, Join Andrew Wille as he explores the potential of the tarot in this three hour interactive workshop.


robyn drury

Join Robyn Drury Editorial Director for Non-Fiction at Ebury, a division of Penguin Random House for a three-hour interactive exploration into life writing - biography, memoir and all forms of non-fiction writing in the authorial first person ‘I’.


henry normal

The Book Festival’s first Poetry Open Mic Lottery night hosted by Henry Normal.


richard makin

Instagram’s fun and famous cook - The School Night Vegan - on his new and beautiful cookery book - Anything You Can Cook, I Can Cook Vegan

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christine harmer-brown

Join Christine Harmar-Brown for a three-hour workshop for all who want to pack a verbal punch, catch the eye and say something pithy and memorable.

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hastings young writers

Come and support our immensely impressive Hastings Young Writers as they take to the stage to read their own works.

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