Closing Celebration and Announcement of Prize Winners

Sunday 1 September

Venue: Royal Victoria Hotel

14.00 to 16.00

Tickets: £7.50

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.

Sir David Hare

One of the greatest British post-war playwrights, Sir David Hare is set to return to the town of his birth as Hastings launches its first literary festival.

Sir David, who is also a renowned screenwriter and director, is patron of the Hastings LitFest. His memoir, The Blue Touch Paper, deals partly with his upbringing in Bexhill in the 1950s.

He says: “Our 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 in writing.”

Tabby Stirling

Tabatha Stirling lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her family and a depressed beagle called the Beagle. A published author and poet, Tabby signed with Unbound for her debut novel, Bitter Leaves in August 2016, and it is currently being serialised at The Pigeonhole. She is a great fan of everything zombie, literary fiction, specifically beautifully written stories with a bit of menace (Lesley Glaister, Jean Rhys, Joyce Carol Oates), writing set in Asia & Africa, (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Doris Lessing, Gil Courtemanche) and epic fantasy that makes her want to beg for the trilogy (Robin Hobb, Pierce Browne, Hugh Howey, Angela Carter).  A delicious slice of historical fiction doesn’t go amiss either.

Tickets for this event are sold out.