Developing your Creativity Children’s Workshop – Make Your Own Book! Flash Fiction Marketing and Promotion for Authors Songwriting Sold out Scriptwriting Research…

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Meet the Agent

The appointments to pitch your novel to literary agent Louise Buckley have now been taken – sorry! How to book your…

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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 the Stade Hall, Hastings, on Saturday 1 September and will open to…

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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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Maggie Alderson


Novelist and journalist

Michael Arditti

Writer and critic

First winner of the Waterstones Mardi Gras award

Ed Boxall

Workshop Leader

Writer, artist, educator

Emma Boyde


Journalist and writer

Sioux Bradshaw

Workshop Leader

Sioux the Bookmaker

Kevin Brooks

Panellist, children's fiction

Author of novels and stories for adults, young adults and younger people

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

Mavis Cheek


"Jane Austen in Modern Dress"

Chris Curran

Crime panellist

Author of psychological thrillers

Elizabeth Dale

Panellist, children's fiction

More than 60 children's books published

Katie Dale

Panellist, children's fiction

Author of books for children and young adults

Kathryn Evans

Panellist, children's fiction

Winner, Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award

Kaja Franck


Explorer of the literary werewolf

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


Flash fiction and short stories

Patrick Gale

Novelist and story-writer

Chart-topper since 1989

Sophie Hannah

Prize-winning novelist

Author and poet

Sir David Hare

Festival Patron

Leading British playwright, poet, screenwriter and director

Nicolette Jones

Chair, children's panel

Writer, journalist, broadcaster

John Knowles

Workshop Leader

Writer / performer /producer

Michael Loveday

Flash and short stories

A Director of National Assoc. of Writers in Education

Kate O’Hearn


Author of children's fantasy fiction

Antony Mair

Poetry host

Widely published Hastings poet

Rachel Malik

Writer of historical fiction

Walter Scott Prize shortlisted

Simon Mawer

Writer and biologist

Booker Prize shortlister

Pete May

Workshop leader - Sports Journalism

Sports journalist and novelist

Alison Moore

Prize-winning author

2 Observer Books of the Year!

Toni Mount


Author of the Seb Foxley series of medieval mysteries

John McCullough


National prize-winner and teacher of creative writing

Anna Page

Workshop Leader

Singer songwriter/teacher

Marnie Riches

Crime panellist

Author of 'Born Bad'

Claire Trévien

Workshop Leader

Author and marketer

David Videcette

Crime panellist

Crime fighter turned crime writer

Rianna Walcott

PhD researcher and activist

Co-editor of The Colour of Madness

Jackie Wills


Journalist and writer of many anthologies

Laura Wilson

Chair, crime fiction panel

Crime novelist and chief reviewer of Crime Fiction for The Guardian

2018 Programme

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


Workshop bookings close on 30 August!