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Developing your Creativity • Children’s Workshop – Make Your Own Book! • Flash Fiction • Marketing and Promotion for Authors • Sports Journalism • Songwriting • Scriptwriting…

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Meet the Agent

Eight pre-bookable slots are available. Each slot lasts 15 minutes, during which you have the opportunity to pitch your novel…

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Author Talks

Award-winning and top-selling authors talk about their approach and their latest publications.

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Book Fair

The Book Fair will be held at a central Hastings venue (to be confirmed) on Saturday 1 September and will…

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Evening events

Film, poetry reading, plays and a concert to help you make the most of your time in Hastings.

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Michael Arditti

Writer and critic

First winner of the Waterstone’s Mardi Gras award

Louise Buckley

Zeno Agents

Freelance publishing and editorial consultant

Sheila Bugler

Crime Panellist

Author of the acclaimed series of crime novels featuring DI Ellen Kelly

Chris Curran

Crime Panellist

Author of psychological thrillers

Kaja Franck


Explorer of the literary werewolf

David Gaffney. Photo: Phil Rigby Cumbria Life 2013
David Gaffney


Flash fiction and short stories

Sophie Hannah

Prize-winning novelist

Author and poet

Jane Harris

Fiction and screenplay writer

Author of 'The Observations'

Michael Loveday

Flash and short stories

Director of National Assoc. of Writers in Education

Kate O’Hearn


Author of children's fantasy fiction

Simon Mawer

Writer and biologist

Booker Prize shortlister

Pete May

Sports journalist and novelist

Workshop leader - Sports Journalism

Alison Moore

Prize-winning author

2 Observer Books of the Year!

Toni Mount

Medieval history specialist

Respected author, teacher and historic interpreter

Allison Pearson

Novelist and columnist

Author of 'I don't know how she does it'

Marnie Riches

Crime panellist

Author of 'Born Bad'.


This programme is subject to change. Please check back for more details.

  • 13.00

    Opus Theatre

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

  • 14.00

    Allison Pearson, Opus Theatre

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

  • 14.30

    Workshop 1: Researching for Historical Fiction, Jerwood Gallery

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

  • 14.30

    Workshop 2: Songwriting, Venue tbc

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

  • 15.45

    Simon Mawer – Meet author, Opus Theatre

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

  • 16.30

    Talk by Michael Arditti, Opus Theatre

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

  • 19.30

    Poetry at the Palace, Electric Palace Cinema

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

  • 19.30

    London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble, Opus Theatre

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

  • 19.30

    Talk and Film (tbc), Kino Cinema

    Details to be confirmed. (more…)

  • 10.00 – 15.00

    Book Fair, Stade Hall

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

  • 11.00 – 13.00

    Workshop 3: Sports Journalism, 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…)

  • 10.00 – 12.00

    Writing for children and young adults, Opus Theatre

    Panel discussion Writing for children and young adults, meet the authors – with Kathryn Evans, Elizabeth Dale and Kate O’Hearn (more…)

  • 10.00 – 17.00

    Workshop 4: Creativity, Archers Lodge

    Workshop 4 in Creativity, run by Explore the Arch. (more…)

  • 10.00 – 17.00 and 19.30 – 21.30

    Workshop 5: Scriptwriting, Stables Theatre

    With John Knowles, (more…)

  • 10.00 – 11.30

    Jane Harris, White Rock Hotel

    Jane Harris talks about her work. (more…)

  • 11.30 – 12.30

    David Gaffney, White Rock Hotel

    David Gaffney on flash fiction. (more…)

  • 14.00 – 16.30

    Workshop 6: Flash Fiction, Jerwood Gallery

    Flash Fiction Workshop 6 with Mike Loveday. (more…)

  • 14.00 – 16.30

    Workshop 7: Marketing and promotion for authors, White Rock Hotel

    Workshop 7 on Marketing and promotion for authors (more…)

  • 14.00 – 16.00

    Meet the Agent, White Rock Hotel

    Pitch your novel to Louise Buckley of Zeno Agency. (more…)

  • 14.00 – 15.00

    Sophie Hannah, Opus Theatre

    Sophie Hannah, award winning author (more…)

  • 15.15 – 16.00

    Alison Moore interviewed by Nicolette Jones, Opus Theatre

    Man Booker Prize shortlisted (more…)

  • 19.30

    Film, Ginger Snaps, introductory talk by Dr Kaja Franck, Electric Palace Cinema


  • 19.30

    Performance of two monologues by John Knowles, Stables Theatre

    Toby Belch is Unwell and Caliban’s Codex (approx 40 mins each) followed by audience Q&A and drinks reception hosted by Sponsor. (more…)

  • 19.30

    The Pantaloons present The Importance of Being Earnest!, Opus Theatre

    Hilarious take on the Oscar Wilde classic. (more…)

  • 11.00 – 13.00

    Workshop 8: Make your own book!, Jerwood Gallery

    Make your own book! – fun Workshop for young people (10 yrs +) (more…)

  • 10.00 – 12.00

    Crime Fiction panel discussion, Hastings Pier

    Crime Fiction panel discussion: David Videcette, Marnie Riches, (more…)

  • 12.00 – 14.00

    Closing ceremony, Hastings Pier

    Closing ceremony and drinks reception. Announcement of Winner (more…)


Become a Litfest volunteer! Volunteer Recruitment Sessions on Saturday 24 February at the White Rock Hotel, Hastings (opposite the Pier)