Sir David Hare – Festival Patron

Known as one the greatest British post-war playwrights, Hastings Litfest Patron David Hare was born in St Leonards and continues to have a strong personal affinity with Hastings and the surrounding area. His memoir, The Blue Touch Paper, deals partly with his upbringing in Bexhill in the 1950s.

David is a leading British playwright, poet, screenwriter and director. He has enjoyed great success with films, receiving two Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing The Hours in 2002, based on the novel written by Michael Cunningham, and The Reader in 2008, based on the novel of the same name written by Bernhard Schlink. Both films won their leading ladies Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet Oscars for their work.

A special showing of “The Hours”, with an introduction by David Hare will form one of the early highlights of the Festival.

He is the author of over thirty plays including Plenty (adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep in 1985) Racing Demon (1990), Skylight (1997), Amy’s View (1998), Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, The Absence of War, The Judas Kiss and Pravda (co-written with Howard Brenton). He has written over twenty five films for television and cinema, including Wetherby, Damage and Denial. His most recent TV drama, Collateral, starring Carey Mulligan, Nicola Walker, Billie Piper and John Simm, broke viewing records on BBC2 in February 2018.

In 1997 the French government honoured him as an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, and in 1998 the British knighted him for services to the theatre.

David Hare has always been a strong and often controversial voice; a passionate advocate of the power of writing – and the need for writers to use this power to speak honestly and openly – about politics, about emotions, about relationships and about truth. David is very pleased to be the Patron of the first Hastings Litfest – whose aim is to provide a space and opportunity for writers to explore their voices, discover their creativity and to find ways in which they can pursue their ability to express themselves by writing.