This year’s Book Fair will be held at East Sussex College Hastings (right next door to Hastings Rail Station and Bus Station) on Saturday 31 August, and will open to the public, entry free of charge, from 10am to 4pm (with set-up time either side).

A venue floor plan can be downloaded here as a PDF.

Exhibitors may be: individual authors (traditionally or self-published); writers’ groups sharing a display for their collective works; independent booksellers; providers of other goods or services of interest to writers (eg stationery, courses, proof-reading/editing, bookbinders and illustrators, agents, publishers and printers, sellers of non-fiction titles and guides, and antiquarian booksellers).

All tables/spaces will be very similar in size and priced equally at £20 per table. There is a maximum exhibitor capacity of 40. There will be LitFest Volunteers in attendance throughout the day to provide assistance, easily spotted in their purple T-shirts!

Exhibitors are responsible for the delivery of books/goods to the venue; for setting up and removing their displays within the appointed times; and for the sale of their own merchandise. There is a taxi rank outside the rail/bus station, and two cash dispensing machines nearby. There is also a carpark within walking distance.

The venue is modern, climate-controlled and self-contained, with good level access, and a Costa Coffee on-site. There is a small Sainsbury’s supermarket adjacent to the college.

For authors who wish to read from their work, an adjoining ‘reading room’ will be available. Whilst these slots are complimentary, they are of a maximum 25-minute duration to allow for Q&A and MUST be booked by the author in advance via a timed ticket. The reading room will be hosted by a LitFest volunteer who will ensure that sessions run to time, and who will host the Q&A part of your session if needed. Slots are limited to one per author. Audience entry is free, so your friends and family are welcome to come along.

NOTE: during the day there will be other (ticketed and free) events held in adjoining rooms – details to be announced nearer the date. Participants at these events will also have easy access to the book fair, reading room, and cafe, and will be encouraged to explore.

If you have any questions please email info@hastingslitfest.org and we will endeavour to get back to you quickly with an answer.

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