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.
Peter Cresswell used his recent
invention for stereoscopic viewing to display an extensive collection of
Victorian photos of Hastings.
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.
Earlyworks Press administrator Kay
the opportunity to congratulate Vivien Jones, the local author who won the
recent Earlyworks Press Flash Fiction competition.
month's prize-giving at Waterstones
Books Born in Hastings
Who was there?
David Renno with his
Shipwrecks books and a series of guide books to the historic landmarks of Hastings.
and illustrator Cathy Simpson creator of
and Catcreeps www.cathysimpson.co.uk
Lane with The
Beasts of Robertson Terrace and Bunny Mitchell with 'Blind Bargain', the latest in her series
'The Coffin Maker's Daughters'
on the Beach creator Katherine Reekie (also a dab hand with the
Harris with The Musings of a Lady Recently Arrived at St Leonards-On-Sea
social historian Victoria Seymour offering a preview of her new title Letters
to a Part-time Barmaid
and translator Russell Dent with his new title
Poems & Fragments
Wood with A
Little Book of Pleasures and news of his soon-to-be-released short story
Stories for Sale
Rooney with A Year on the Streets
Sanderson with 'My Early Years Down Under', her father's account of his years as a swagman in Australia during the Great Depression
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
of St Leonards
There will be a chance to see some
of those authors, and give your views about Hastings and St Leonards at
Where do you draw the line?
event at Waterstones, Hastings from
10.30am on 27th October
Writers' Group with the latest in their Strandline series
Gregory Press with new releases Serpentine
by Catherine Edmunds and What's
the Story? a book about fine art printmakers
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
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
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