Books Born in Hastings 2009
A celebration of locally written and published books and artwork
This year's Books Born in Hastings events took place in two venues - there were workshops and talks at the White Rock Hotel on the seafront and an exhibition, book market and prize-giving at the Town Hall on the day of the Opening Ceremony of Hastings Week. Here's a list of the events....
Events at the White Rock Hotel
Tuesday 6th Oct from 3pm
Getting Started in Creative Writing
English teacher and editor Kay Green discusses craft development techniques, courses, workshops and publication opportunities for writers.
Tuesday 6th Oct from 7pm
Romance? Crime? Fantasy?
A panel of local authors discuss the joys and sorrows of working in genre. Featuring ‘Dragon’s Eye’ and ‘Citizen One’ author Andy Oakes.
Wednesday 7th October 3pm
Hastings in WWII Austerity
A talk with readings and photographic display by local author Victoria Seymour.
Wednesday 7th October from 7pm
Writing for Children: Be Very Afraid
Join award-winning children's authors Kate O'Hearn (author of the 'Shadow of the Dragon' fantasies published by Hodder & Stoughton) and Jill Hucklesby (author of 'Deeper Than Blue' and 'Last Kiss of the Butterfly' published by Orchard Books) for a discussion of the politics and pitfalls of writing fantasy and reality fiction for young teens.
How to get there:
The White Rock Hotel is on Hastings seafront, opposite the pier. The bar and restaurant will be open to workshop-goers. Click here for directions and info.
At Hastings Town Hall
10th October 11am-4pm
Exhibition & Sale of Books
& Artwork from Hastings
The book exhibition included works by and about Hastings authors from Catherine Cookson to Grey Owl, from Robert Tressell to David Gemmell.
The book sale included works by local authors Victoria Seymour, Monica Tracey, Kate O'Hearn, Richard Holdsworth, Charles Jones, Jane Richardson and many more, and books published in Hastings, including the launch of Catherine Edmunds' new novel 'Small Poisons', 'the contemporary novel for Midsummer Night's dreamers', published by Circaidy Gregory Press.
The art exhibition included a rare public appearance of 'The Millennium Chronicle of Hastings' by Ron Nicola, and a live demonstration of portrait painting by Juliette Dodd.
At 3pm, the prizes for the winners of the Visions of Hastings competition were presented in the Council Chamber.
About the authors
... The Town Hall event on the 10th Oct including historian Chas Jones, who is responsible for the Battle re-enactments, poets Richard Evans and Anne Rouse, artist Ron Nicola, creator of the 'Millennium Chronicle of Hastings', as well as representatives of organisations such as East Sussex Library Service, the Old Hastings Preservation Society and Hastings Writers' Group. A lively and informal day with free entry and refreshments. Click here for photos of the day.
Click here for winners of the Visions of Hastings Competition