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Visions of Hastings - stories, memories, pictures and articles by the people of Hastings. 9.99 from Earlyworks Press.

Visions of Hastings Anthology

 

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Books Born in Hastings: the cadet

Books Born in Hastings

Books Born in Hastings: Monica Tracey

Books Born in Hastings

Books Born in Hastings

Books Born in Hastings

Books Born in Hastings: Left of the Moon

Books Born in Hastings: Earlyworks Press

Books Born in Hastings: The Ghost of Hastings Writers' Group

Books Born in Hastings: Ian Ellery and Cathy Simpson

Books Born in Hastings

Books Born in Hastings

Books Born in Hastings: Earlyworks Press

Books Born in Hastings

2011

 

Hastings Council Chamber, Saturday 8th October: the mayor and her entourage emerge from the Town Hall into Queens Road, the piper strikes up a tune, a cadet steps out onto the Town Hall balcony to raise the Gonfalon, indicating the opening of Hastings Week, a week-long celebration of all the things Hastings likes about Hastings.

First off the starting blocks, opening even before the cadet is back from the balcony, is 'Books Born in Hastings', an exhibition of writing, illustrating and the many and various forms of reading, writing and publishing that go on in the town, including the prize-giving for Earlyworks Press's annual Hastings-themed competition.

This year's competition was called

Stories of St Leonards

The 100 first prize went to

Steve Amos

The runners up were

Stephanie Morris

Jonathan Broughton

Rosamund Palmer

and

Angela Perkins

all of whom received bags of books, donated by Waterstone's and Earlyworks Press. The top twenty entrants will be invited to submit work for Earlyworks Press's next Hastings anthology.

The event included the launch of Hastings Writers' Group's new anthology, 'Ghostwriters'; a new novel by local author Monica Tracey, 'Left of the Moon'; a representative from Hastings branch of Waterstone's, come to talk about new ideas for 2011/12 for local booklovers; illustrators Ian Ellery and Cathy Simpson; artists Katherine Reekie and Laetitia Yhap, whose work features in the new Hastings Modern Art Beach Book, to be launched at Waterstone's in November; the Old Hastings Preservation Society, with a selection of local information and history books; Tales of a Wealden Childhood by Dr Booth; children's books by Kate O'Hearn, Christine Cox and Charlie Menzinger; artist Ron Nicola's 'Millennium Chronicle of Hastings'; plays by Tom O'Brien; an invitation to a series of writers' workshops from poet and f-ish tales leader Joe Fearn, and an exhibition of live portrait-painting by Juliette Dodd, whose subject this year was local social historian, Victoria Seymour.

You can see the portrait developing in the pictures below...

 

Juliette at work 1

 

 

 

Books Born in Hastings: portrait of Victoria Seymour by Juliette Dodd.

 

And last - and first, and most of the way through the middle - an opportunity for the various readers' and writers' groups in Hastings to get together over tea and cakes, get talking and cook up some ideas for new books and new projects. It was a great day. A warm thank you from Earlyworks Press to all who helped, all who joined in the competition and all who came along to join the browsing and the conversation.

... see you next year!

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Books Born in Hastings: Circaidy Gregory Press

Books Born in Hastings

Books Born in Hastings: Katherine Reekie

Books Born in Hastings

Books Born in Hastings

Books Born in Hastings: Hastings Writers' Group

Books Born in Hastings

Books Born in Hastings

Books Born in Hastings

Books Born in Hastings: Victoria Seymour

Books Born in Hastings: artist Ron Nicola and playwright Tom O'Brien

Books born in Hastings

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