Full LitFest Programme
Friday 30 August
An opportunity to pitch your book to literary agent Hannah Sheppard of DHH Literary Agency. Appointments by timed pre-booked ticket only, and not on the door. Please note that you will need to submit a synopsis, biography and one chapter of your manuscript (which should be complete or nearly so) in advance of the session. White Rock Hotel.
Char March leads this workshop for anyone wanting to describe their own experience of ‘being different’ or to create convincing ‘different’ characters in their work. Hastings Contemporary Studio (formerly Jerwood Gallery)
Literary Agent Hannah Sheppard on how to present your manuscript to an agent. Suitable for those who have a completed or nearly-completed manuscript (any genre). Hastings Contemporary Studio (formerly Jerwood Gallery).
The Caterpillar and the Blackbird. Enthralling narrated story & dance performance for children aged 5+ (must be accompanied by an adult). Performed by NarraDance and Kate O’Hearn. St Mary in the Castle
Details and tickets. free of charge but pre-booking required.
You may also like: Kate O’Hearn – Heroines and Monsters
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)
Fiction, non-fiction, antiquarian and collector volumes, readings by exhibiting authors and great coffee.
East Sussex College HASTINGS
Comedy Scriptwriting. An all-day workshop led by John Knowles, with two professional actors on hand to bring your work to life. An active writing workshop with a focus on comedy duologues. Upstairs at The Jenny Lind Inn.
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.
Author G D Harper provides an in-depth look at successful self-publishing, from cover design to editing, marketing strategy, and online/media presence. This is an all-day intensive workshop suitable for those who have a book close to completion, whether new authors or those who have previously been traditionally or independently published. Ticket price includes a copy of G D Harper’s new novel A Friend in Deed and full presentation materials. Hastings Contemporary Studio (formerly Jerwood Gallery).
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
Led by Nicky Torode and Felicity Stephen.
Expressive and creative writing are effective ways of improving your wellbeing by releasing your thoughts, by gaining clarity and by seeing things from a different perspective. East Sussex College Hastings.
Original ideas, atmospheric settings, intriguing but convincing characters: some of the hallmarks of great writing. But where do they come from?
If you’re stuck for fresh ideas, look to the lives of others!. White Rock Hotel.
Author and journalist Maggie Alderson leads this workshop. White Rock Hotel.
Tabby will be in conversation with Andrea Samuelson, poet, short fiction writer, creative writing tutor and mentor.
An opportunity to pitch your book to literary agent Hannah Sheppard of DHH Literary Agency. Appointments by timed pre-booked ticket only, and not on the door. Please note that you will need to submit a synopsis, biography and one chapter of your manuscript (which should be complete or nearly so) in advance of the session.
White Rock Hotel.
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.
A screening of Blinded by the Light followed by a talk and audience discussion with the author of the book the film was based on, presenter and journalist Sarfraz Manzoor. Kino Teatr.
Renaissance One presents Don’t Stop the Carnival – the story of Black music in Britain – with journalist and broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre and musical guests.
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