Author Talks, Interviews, Poetry and Panel Discussions
Friday 30 August
Join the award winning author of “The Prestige” and “The Glamour” as he talks about his life and work. St Mary in the Castle.
Orwell’s son Richard Blair discusses his father’s literary achievements and his lasting impact on our view of the 20th Century and beyond. St Mary in the Castle.
Ted Powell’s reappraisal of the King who reigned for just 326 days before his abdication, marriage to American divorcee Wallis Simpson, and exile in France. White Rock Hotel.
Saturday 31 August
Meet at Stade Open Space (by Hastings Contemporary)
Dr Nadine Willems, lecturer in Japanese History, and Paul Rossiter of Isobar Press introduced by Antony Mair. A fascinating introduction to the life and work of a working-class Japanese poet in the early 20th Century. Poems read in translation. White Rock Hotel.
Simon discusses and compares the adaptations of his novel The Glass Room for the stage and screen. Stade Hall.
Classic film of the George Orwell dystopian novel. Kino Teatr.
Showcasing the work of HYW, a group of young people aged 11-17 who are interested in creative writing.
East Sussex College Hastings
Tabby will be in conversation with Andrea Samuelson, poet, short fiction writer, creative writing tutor and mentor.
The Jamaican poet and novelist reads new work. East Sussex College Hastings.
Kerry Hudson explores the theme of her third book, Lowborn, exploring poverty in Britain today and echoing the background of Catherine Cookson some 75 years earlier. Opus Theatre.
Poet, former world judo champion and tetraplegic Owen Lowery explores themes of art, literature, military history, love, and football. Kino Teatr.
Local author Paul Burston on his new book The Closer I Get with Suzi Feay, literary critic and writer.
Sunday 1 September
Author Rachel Reeves MP in conversation with Danuta Kean. 100 years after the first woman took her seat in Parliament, a fascinating new look at the political pioneers who changed Britain forever. Royal Victoria Hotel
Theatre Rotto’s puppets, shadows and marionettes bring a little girl’s toy room magically to life. The Printworks.
A return of the popular Stanza gathering chaired by Antony Mair: no booking required, entry free. Open to Group members, visiting poets and poetry afficionados. Readings and discussion, and great coffee! Café Grand Rue de Péra
Tessa Boase discusses her hugely successful book about Etta Lemon and her campaign against the use of feathers in millinery which led to the foundation of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Royal Victoria Hotel.
Festival Patron Sir David Hare with publisher Tabby Stirling, invited guests, Festival Friends and sponsors, announces the winners of this year’s Festival competitions for Poem, Flash Fiction and Short Story on the theme In Other Words, and presents prizes and trophies. Sir David will also reveal the theme for next year’s Hastings Literary Festival.
Royal Victoria Hotel