Programme dates and details will be posted nearer the event. Meanwhile you can read the biographies of Authors and Speakers…

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Authors & Speakers

Watch this space for details of further confirmed authors and speakers. Michael Arditti Michael Arditti is a novelist, short story…

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  Competitions and rules, start dates and prizes will be announced later in 2107.

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Festival Programme

  • First Hastings LitFest

    31 August – 2 September, 2018

    Hastings will soon be home to a literary festival like no other. The event, which has been set up by writers and is aimed at writers of all abilities, features a programme that will delight anyone with a love of books and writing, from workshops and talks by prominent authors to live performances, book sales and signings, and competitions open to all. Whether you are an aspiring author or would just like to try your hand at poetry or songwriting, HASTINGS Litfest will not only connect you with like-minded individuals, it also offers the chance of getting some professional advice and inspiration. The festival is embedded in the historic town of Hastings and events will take place at venues from the Old Town in Hastings – popular with artists and home to the Jerwood Gallery – to St Leonards.


  • Opening Reception

    Friday 31 August

    13.00, Opus Theatre

    Opening event and drinks reception. Hosted by Main Sponsor. (more…)

  • Allison Pearson

    Friday 31 August

    14.00 – 15.15, Opus Theatre

    Allison Pearson talks about the success of her novels I don’t know How She Does It … (more…)

  • Workshop 1: Researching for Historical Fiction

    Friday 31 August

    14.30 – 16.30, Opus Theatre

    Researching for Historical Fiction with Toni Mount. Add authenticity and find period inspiration for your writing. (more…)

  • Workshop 2: Songwriting

    Friday 31 August

    14.30 – 17.00, Venue tbc

    Songwriting with Anna Page. Discover the magic of putting words to music. (more…)

  • Simon Mawer – Meet author

    Friday 31 August

    15.45 – 16.30, Opus Theatre

    Meet author and hear extracts from his latest book – new release in August – title?? (more…)

  • Talk by Michael Arditti

    Friday 31 August

    16.30 – 16.45, Opus Theatre

    Talk by Michael Arditti, novelist and critic, Winner of Waterstones’ Mardi Gras Award. (more…)

  • London Mozart Players Ensemble

    Friday 31 August

    19.30 – 21.45, Opus Theatre

    Music with literary connections by Boccerini, Mozart and Tchaikovsky from this world-renowned ensemble. (more…)

  • Poetry at the Palace

    Friday 31 August

    19.30, Electric Palace Cinema

    Poetry at the Palace: Modern Poets [names tbc] read and discuss their work. (more…)

  • Talk and Film (tbc)

    Friday 31 August

    19.30, Kino Cinema

    Poetry at the Palace: Modern Poets [names tba] read and discuss their work. (more…)

  • Book Fair

    Saturday 1 September

    10.00 – 17.00, Stade Hall

    Book Fair – New Books & Meet the authors – don’t miss the Incredible Book Machine! (more…)

  • Workshop 3: Sports Journalism

    Saturday 1 September

    11.00 – 13.00, Jerwood Gallery

    Sports Journalism with Pete May, journalist and author, associate lecturer in sports journalism at the London College of Communication. For all budding sports writers. (more…)