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The Hastings Modern Art Beach Book

The Hastings Modern Art Beach Book


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

The piper did play and the flag was unfurled. It's Hastings Week again and some of the best new creations by Hastings and St Leonards writers and artists were on display at the town hall.

Pter Cresswell

Peter Cresswell used his recent invention for stereoscopic viewing to display an extensive collection of Victorian photos of Hastings.

Victoria Seymour - the prize giving

 Victoria Seymour announced the winners of the 'Picture your Hero' competition, which gave entrants the opportunity to choose the local characters to feature in Juliette Dodd's portrait-creation demonstration. The winning nominations were...

Mary Furnival who single-handedly raises hundreds of pounds for the WVS centre, where she is a volunteer. Mary also ensures that all new visitors to the centre are welcomed. She is extremely unselfish and a great ambassador for senior citizens.

John Pond, member of the Bonfire Boys and the drumming group Section 5, in which he performs, as well as doing marshalling for them. He serves on the Hastings Carnival Committee and volunteers for Silver Command, coordinating public safety at outdoor events, such as the carnival procession.

Keith Leech who organises the annual Jack in the Green weekend and the Hastings Bonfire procession. He was an Olympic torch bearer in and for Hastings and two years ago he organised a commemoration of the marriage of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddons in St Clements Church.

John Pond

John Pond

Keith Leech

Mary Furnival


Earlyworks Press administrator Kay Green took the opportunity to congratulate Vivien Jones, the local author who won the recent Earlyworks Press Flash Fiction competition.

Vivien Jones

last month's prize-giving at Waterstones









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Who was there?

David Renno with his Shipwrecks books and a series of guide books to the historic landmarks of Hastings.

Cathy Simpson

Artist and illustrator Cathy Simpson creator of

Twitterings and Catcreeps  www.cathysimpson.co.uk


Stacey Lane

Stacey Lane with The Beasts of Robertson Terrace and Bunny Mitchell with 'Blind Bargain', the latest in her series 'The Coffin Maker's Daughters'

Katherine Reekie

Art on the Beach creator Katherine Reekie (also a dab hand with the knitting needles)


Sara Harris

Sara Harris with The Musings of a Lady Recently Arrived at St Leonards-On-Sea


Victoria Seymour

Local social historian Victoria Seymour offering a preview of her new title Letters to a Part-time Barmaid



Russell Dent

Poet and translator Russell Dent with his new title

 Alcaeus Poems & Fragments


William Wood

William Wood with A Little Book of Pleasures and news of his soon-to-be-released short story collection

Stories for Sale


Radical Rooney

Radical Rooney with A Year on the Streets



Chris Sanderson

Chris Sanderson with 'My Early Years Down Under', her father's account of his years as a swagman in Australia during the Great Depression


Earlyworks Press with Visions of Hastings and a selection of works by local authors and artists

There were several launches at the event, including the new 

Earlyworks Press anthology


Stories of St Leonards


Stories of St Leonards launch pic 1


Stories of St Leonards launch pic 2


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There will be a chance to see some of those authors, and give your views about Hastings and St Leonards at the

Where do you draw the line?

event at Waterstones, Hastings from 10.30am on 27th October


Hastings Writers Group

Hastings Writers' Group with the latest in their Strandline series


Book Talk



Circaidy Gregory Press with new releases Serpentine by Catherine Edmunds and What's the Story? a book about fine art printmakers


There was also a lot of talk about up-coming books, including a Journey story from Alex Ntung, now a St Leonards based Community Cohesion Officer


Alex Ntung







Books born in Hastings


Also on display: the works of Tom O'Brien, Ron Nicola, Michael Short, Peter Bolwell, Alex Tindall 'Voices from the Hastings Stade' and more. 

We're already hearing of titles and works in progress that we're hoping to see at Books Born in Hastings 2013 so keep in touch and...

see you next year at

Books Born in Hastings!


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