Author Talks, Interviews, Poetry and Panel Discussions

Friday 30 August

Join Doctor Who composer Mark Ayres and writer Simon Guerrier for a fantastic voyage into the strange, unearthly sounds of space and time.. Families welcome. Kino Teatr

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You may also like: Workshop 3, Writing Science Fiction; Dystopian Fiction panel.

Hanna Jameson discusses nuclear apocalypse, dystopian fiction and her latest novel, The Last. White Rock Hotel.

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You may also be interested in: Dystopian Fiction, The Prestige.

Dr David Lewis re-examines the early life of Adolf Hitler and his path to power. White Rock Hotel.

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You may also be interested in: The Truth about Edward VIII; Women of Westminster.

Join the award winning author of “The Prestige” and “The Glamour” as he talks about his life and work. St Mary in the Castle.

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You may also be interested in:  The Prestige screening, Dystopian Fiction workshop, My Father, the Legacy of George Orwell and Doctor Who and the Sound of Fear.

Duncan Barrett’s book “Hitler’s British Isles” explores what it was really like for the occupants of Guernsey living under Nazi occupation. White Rock Hotel.

You may also be interested in: The Psychology of a Dictator; The Truth about Edward VIII; Women of Westminster.

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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.

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You may also be interested in: Dystopian Fiction Panel; Kino Teatr, screening of 1984 with introduction by Suzanna Hamilton.

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.

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You may also be interested in: The Psychology of a Dictator; Guernsey Under Occupation; Women of Westminster.

Penny Pepper – the Naked Punk – poetry, passion and polemic. The Printworks.

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You may also be interested in: VG Lee, Paul Burston and Salena Godden

Saturday 31 August

Richard Blair, Hanna Jameson, Kevin Brooks and Suzanna Hamilton (Chair TBA) discuss the genre. Kino Teatr.

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You may also be interested in: Screening of 1984; Workshop 3 – Writing Science Fiction. My Father: the Legacy of George Orwell.

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.

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You may also like: Kei Miller; Owen Lowery; V G Lee.

Danuta Kean chairs a panel of industry experts to discuss all aspects and challenges around publishing.
East Sussex College Hastings.

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You may also like: Workshop 7, Self-publishing.

Simon discusses and compares the adaptations of his novel The Glass Room for the stage and screen. Stade Hall.

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Join local Hastings writers Sally Gardner and Catherine Johnson in conversation.

Stade Hall.

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You may also be interested in Tabby Stirling in conversation, Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather with Tessa Boase

Classic film of the George Orwell dystopian novel. Kino Teatr.

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Showcasing the work of HYW, a group of young people aged 11-17 who are interested in creative writing.

East Sussex College Hastings

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Tabby will be in conversation with Andrea Samuelson, poet, short fiction writer, creative writing tutor and mentor.
Stade Hall

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The Jamaican poet and novelist reads new work. East Sussex College Hastings.

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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.

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Local author and comedian VG Lee reads from her latest collection and talks about starting writing in her forties.

Stade Hall.

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You may also like: Paul Burston in conversation with Suzi Feay; The Litfest Big Night Out.

Poet, former world judo champion and tetraplegic Owen Lowery explores themes of art, literature, military history, love, and football. Kino Teatr.

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You may also like: The Kotan Chronicles of Sarashino Genzo; VG Lee; Workshop 4: In Other Words – writing poetry with Kim Lasky; Paul Burston.

Local author Paul Burston on his new book The Closer I Get with Suzi Feay, literary critic and writer.

Stade Hall.

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Sunday 1 September

TV producer and presenter, author and explorer Lucy Cooke demolishes the myths and mystique surrounding some of the world’s best-loved creatures. Fascinating! Suitable for families (children 12+). St Mary in the Castle.

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You may also like: Species that Changed the World.

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

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Theatre Rotto’s puppets, shadows and marionettes bring a little girl’s toy room magically to life. The Printworks.

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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

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with evolutionary anthropologist Professor Alice Roberts. Discover how three of our best-loved species have helped shape the human world. St Mary in the Castle.

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You may also like: The Unexpected Truth about Animals.

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.

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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

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