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Local Writers

HBF celebrates the written word and promotes the art and craft of writing. 

We are especially keen to support the work of writers local to Hastings and St Leonards and this page is dedicated to opportunities for local writers.

Spoken word event for local writers

As part of this year’s festival (16th-25th September) writer VG Lee will be hosting an evening celebrating local writers and poets at a spoken word event on Friday 23rd September. Each performer will be provided with a fifteen-minute slot to introduce and read from their work.

A performance fee will be paid and there will be an opportunity to sell books and pamphlets.

In addition, we have arranged a workshop with VG Lee on Tuesday 20th September to help you to prepare for your performance  and give you a chance to meet your fellow performers before the night!  


Work samples: up to 1500 words or two poems up to 40 lines


Entries for this event are now closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted.

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