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Significant Spaces


This is a Book 

About Alice


Misfit Mirror


The Sleepless Sands


stories of st leonards cover image

Stories of St Leonards


The Hastings Modern Art Beach Book

The Hastings Modern Art Beach Book


back eyes poetry


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

Visions of Hastings Anthology



Events for writers and illustrators in Hastings and around the UK


Booktique poster



The Reekie Collection at the 1066 Art Academy Gallery in Battle from 15th November


The above event will include a book exhibition and sale on Saturday the 23rd November.



Actors Reading Writers, The Hill Station, SE14 Sat 28th Sept 8pm



Books Born in Hastings - Town Hall exhibition Sat 12th October, from 10.30


Cathy Simpson exhibition and meet the artist 10th August 2013 Gill Gallery St Leonards on Sea from 10am


Geraint Roberts guest author, Abergavenny library 10.30, 24th May


Nonsense, books, cakes and coffee - a perfect *warm* **indoor** event for a chilly Easter Saturday.

Inside Costa in Battle High Street...


Utter Nonsense in Hastings     


How to get there: see 4-play image below for a demonstration.



Popping up again!

Battle pop-up


will be presenting the

simnel cake book fair

on Easter Saturday

30th March

10.30am - 3pm

at the 

1066 Art Academy

(inside Costa)

in Battle High Street






Pop up bookshop Battle   


  1066 Arts Academy, Battle

Blue Green Earth

  Circaidy Gregory Press books




'The Forest Brothers"

    Author Geraint Roberts will be talking about  

    Estonia and the Forest Brothers at:

  Leicester Central Library 

   4th March  1-2pm

  Aberystwyth Arts Centre Bookshop 

   14th March  6.30-8pm free refreshments

  Wales Baltic Society, Cardiff 

   13th April 2.45 -5pm 

    refreshments available






Publishing: Q and A 

Please note, there will be no 'first Monday' publishing meeting in Waterstones, Hastings

in April - it has collided with Easter. Watch this space

for the next date to discuss the whys and hows of publishing

for independent and small press authors.



(Listings from here on down are 'been there, done that'.)


The Pop-Up Bookshop in Battle, Saturday 8th, 15th and 22nd Dec 2012


Remember 22nd Dec 2012? - It was a bit quiet at the pop-up, as it was raining sideways and 3 of the 4 roads into Battle were closed due to floodwater, and we all went home while the going was good! But if you missed us, don't worry. The pop-up will be popping up again during 2013, along with other events for readers and writers being planned at the 1066 Art Academy. Details will be posted on this page soon.




Pop up book shop at the 1066 Art Academy inside Costa Coffee, Battle, Sat 8th, 15th & 22nd Dec 2012

Visions of Hastings and Stories of St Leonards at Waterstones Hastings, 27th October

Some of the writers from 'Visions of Hastings' and 'Stories of St Leonards'

will be in Waterstones on 27th October, hoping to hear your views about the two towns

 - and to find out whether anyone has located the Secret Corners yet.



Publishing talk for writers

Writers’ dilemmas: do you need to discuss the opportunities and pitfalls in publishing? Want to know how to submit your work to a publisher? Wondering if it's ready? Wondering how to finish it? Looking for a course, a group, a guide book, inspiration? Or is it just time for a good moan?! 

Circaidy Gregory/Earlyworks Press editor Kay Green in conversation. 

Waterstones, Hastings first Monday of the month, 2pm. All welcome. Next meeting: Monday 5th November.



St Leonards Writers 'Chills' book launch 7.30, 19th Oct, Hastings Arts Forum


Photos from Books Born in Hastings 2012 



Books Born in Hastings, Hastings Town Hall, 6th Oct 2012, 10.30-2.30. Free event, all welcome.                Alcaeus, Sappho and the Isle of Lesbos  - Waterstones, Hastings 20th September




www.burmeon.com     www.circaidygregory.co.uk

S. P. Moss, author of

The Bother in


will be at Waterstones, Camberley 

4th Aug 10am - 4pm

come along for your signed copy

 - but keep an eye out for tigers!




Horror Writers! 

Free 2 Hour Horror

Writing Workshop 

with Rayne Hall

Rayne Hall is the author of over 30 books and editor of the Ten Tales series of fantasy and horror anthologies. Her horror stories have been published in many magazines, ezines and anthologies and won awards. She enjoys scaring readers and sharing the tools of her craft with other writers.

The Upstairs Meeting Room, The Hastings Trust, Robertson Street, Hastings. Thursday 2nd Aug 1-3PM.
Free Refreshments. Pens and paper provided, just bring yourselves! And enjoy exciting writing exercises that you can use to create horror stories to keep in a free folder. Rayne will be available for questions about getting published, etc during the refreshment break. Any questions: Workshop organizer joe fearn: f-ishtales@hotmail.co.uk


Coffee at Waterstone's, Hastings


From November 2011, local authors and artists will be hosting a series of coffee mornings at the Costa Cafe in Waterstone's in the Mall in Hastings.


On Thursday 10th November, author Monica Tracey will be there from 10.30am, talking about her new novel, 

'Left of the Moon'.


On Thursday 17th November, Earlyworks Press will be launching the Hastings Modern Art Beach Book

with poet Joe Fearn, artist Katherine Reekie and author Kay Green.



Books Born in Hastings 2011 


On 8th October, the opening Saturday of Hastings Week, the annual celebration of local books and authors took place in Hastings Town Hall. This year's event featured the launch of Monica Tracey's new novel, 'Left of the Moon' and the announcement of the results of the Earlyworks Press Stories of St Leonards competition.

Exhibition of Books and Illustrations

made in Hastings 10.30 to 2.30 Oct 8th

Hastings Town Hall

Admission and refreshments free, all welcome

Entry via the Information Office in Cricketer's Square.

'Left of the Moon' by Monica Tracey cover pic           'Ghost Writers' by HWG cover pic


Special guests this year


Presenting new ideas for 

Hastings booklovers.

Portrait Artist 

Juliette Dodd 

gave a public demonstration

of portrait art in water colour pencils. 

Her subject was well known social history author 

Victoria Seymour

click here to see the finished picture. 

Find out more from Juliette's blog




Hastings Town Crier by Alun Sambrook   Hastings Carnival Princess by Juliette Dodd

Above: previous sitters for Juliette's demos: the Town Crier and Carnival Princess. Below: this year's choice: Victoria Seymour.


Victoria Seymmour at 'Books Born in Hastings'



Battle Art Fair workshop for writers and artists 18th Sept contact www.pureartsgroup.co.uk for details

Katherine Reekie Exhibition at the Stables Theatre Hastings from 5th Sept.


























Earlyworks Press joined the Battle Art Fair team at the 

Day@the Park

in Alexandra Park, Hastings, on Saturday 3rd September


There was music in the cafe, a market selling local artists/makers work, a fun fair ride, pony rides, activities with the Rangers, games and picnics. A good time was had by all.


Find and Seek Trails

Fun walks in Hastings and the surrounding area for you and the kids

Hastings Children's Library manager Pauline Crouch launched her new summer activity book for kids and their big people 

at Hastings Waterstones

Saturday July 30th


Click here to get your copy now

Pauline Crouch, 'Find and Seek Trails'


Hastings Local Radio


Hastings local radio launched on Monday June 6th 2011 at www.hastingslocalradio.co.uk already showing a fascinating variety of local material on site, including readings from some of the 'Visions of Hastings' authors and interviews with local characters such as social historian Victoria Seymour. 


More info in the press release currently posted on Kay Green's blog here.


Royal wedding? Here's a right royal event.... 


Earlyworks Press was at 'The Glass Sculptress' in George Street in Hastings on 29th April with Visions of Hastings the book about Hastings written by the people of Hastings. Author Kate O'Hearn's Dragon-Knights joined the procession leaving Hastings Town Centre to arrive in the Old Town in the early afternoon where Kate was signing her books including her latest best seller, Pegasus and the Flame, and offering her young readers photo-opportunities with the knights and a chance to buy your copy of .


World Book Day Events

There were hundreds of events and ideas for readers and writers - we've chosen three of them for the scrapbook. Click here for news of World Book Day from Victoria Seymour, Kate O'Hearn and Anna Foster



Ways of Falling launch poster

The new Earlyworks Press 

fiction anthology

Ways of Falling

was launched at the 

Calder Bookshop and Theatre

12 noon,  19th February 2011 

Admission free, all welcome.

For the how and the why of it, 

see Adam E Smith's article on

Notes from the Underground.


For more info about the book, 

see Earlyworks Press

Publications Page

Launch photos and review



Sid Chaplin presentation evening


Earlyworks Press club member Catherine Edmunds at the Sid Chaplin awards evening.

Sid Chaplin loved writing short stories, so it's appropriate that the annual competition held in his name by Shildon Town Council should feature that particular form. This year's competition was judged by Margie Stewart-Piercy, who is employed by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council as regional Manager for the North East; and Julie Biddlecombe-Brown, Exhibitions Officer for the new Gallery at Durham University's Palace Green Library. The prize-giving and celebratory buffet was held at Shildon Civic Centre on 9th February, 2011 and was attended by a full house including Sid Chaplin's widow Rene, local dignitaries, and many of the entrants, including a sizeable contingent from Wear Valley Writers . Third prize winner Catherine Edmunds (a member of Wear Valley Writers and the Earlyworks Press Club) is pictured holding the competition anthology, 'Northern Tales 2010', alongside Mayor of Shildon, Gareth Howe, and the two judges. Photograph by Neil Harbottle of Brooks Photography.



French Book Lovers at Hastings Town Hall

A newly formed reading and language group held an open session at Hastings Town Hall on Saturday 11th December 2010. The group had been reading the French publishing phenomenon 'Matin Brun' and discussed it, in French, with some French friends, from 11am. If you would like to join in future events or purchase a copy of this intriguing little book for just £1, contact group organiser Ian - email crossborder.email@gmail.com or phone 07801 358090.


Victory's Children at Hastings Information Centre 


Victoria Seymour exhibited her collection of historic photographs and signing copies of her new book, 'Victory's Children' at Hastings Information Centre at the Town Hall from 11am on 11th December 2009. 



The Freak and the Idol

by Katy Jones



Sunday 14th November 2010


Trof Fallowfield

2A Landcross Road

M14 6NA, Manchester


Circaidy Gregory Press



More info at Circaidy Gregory Press



Tom O’Brien's Play

Cromwell's Tour of Ireland 

was presented at the

Courtyard Theatre

Pitfield St

London NI 6EU

November 3rd to November 21st

 7.30pm. (Tue to Sun)
Adm. £14/12. bookings; (0)20 7729 2202



Victory's Children by Victoria Seymour - cover pic

 Click here for photos of Victoria Seymour's 'Victory Tea' book launch 

and for some clues about Victoria's next project, have a look at this article in the Dartford Messenger.

(download supplied courtesy of Rachel Hovenden, Gravesend Editor, Dartford Messenger)


Books Born in Hastings 2010 




On 9th October, the opening Saturday of Hastings Week, the anthology 


Visions of Hastings


was launched at an exhibition at Hastings Town Hall which included books, artworks and an exhibition of live portrait painting.


Event photos


Earlyworks Press Visions of Hastings cover pic



The Writing On the Bridge

The members of the summer Creative Writing Group at The Bridge Community Centre, Priory Road, Hastings launched 'the book of the course' at the centre at 11am on Tuesday 21st September

Well done all, and good luck with the new group at Downs Farm.


Battle Contemporary Fine Art Fair 2010

The Powder Mills Hotel in Battle  hosted a presentation and discussion evening

for readers, writers and illustrators about the ways in which words and pictures can work together. 


Speakers Kay Green, Ed Boxall and Anna Foster.




Sarah James and Jenny Hope at Worcester Poetry Festival - event poster


Art Exhibition by Katherine Reekie from 28th May at Hastings Arts Forum




Poetry at f-ish


Rayne Hall, Jo Fearn, and Jan Hedger 

read at the f-ish gallery  

in Robertson Street,

Hastings on Saturday, 15th May,





London Irish Theatre Robert Tressell Day

(in Hastings)

To book your place, visit the

London Irish Theatre website



Nigel Humphreys book lau nch at the Poetry Cafe in Betterton St,  London, 30th April from 7pm


Hastings Pier Trust

A bit of a party was held to celebrate the opening of the 'Save Hastings Pier' shop on the seafront. If you want to have a pier, please do visit the shop and spend a bob or two.

If you're not fussed about the pier, drop in anyway - the shop's intriguing in itself, having a lot of the original Arthur Green shop fitments on display and a fascinating collection of pier-related facts and trivia. It's fun! 

Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust website:



The Flavour of Parallel

Nigel Humphreys' 

latest poetry collection was launched at the Poetry Cafe in Betterton St, with multi-lingual readings, songs and music.


Launch Photos


 See A flavour of

The Flavour of Parallel

on YouTube







Tea, cakes and entertainments at the Aruthur Green shop 2pm to 5pm on Sunday 18th April

Down Bottle Alley 

by Tom O'Brien



Book launch and performances

23rd March 2010 saw the launch of the Circaidy Gregory Press edition of Tom O'Brien's play based on the autobiography of Brian Charles Harding. The launch was be celebrated by free performances of a shortened version of the play, courtesy of The London Irish Theatre, Director John Dunne.


Austerity Diary from Lavender Cottage Hastings 1947 by Victoria Seymour

Launch photos and events


Meanwhile Space for Readers & Writers

Earlyworks Press & Circaidy Gregory Press spent a week 'at home to visitors' in the old Halifax shop in Harold Place, Hastings in November 2009, showing and talking about some of the writer/artist collaborations we worked on in Hastings during 2009. Featured works included Tom O'Brien's 'Down Bottle Alley' - the play based on Brian Charles Harding's book, and featuring the music of Tony Peek. Ron Nicola's epic pictorial history, 'The Millennium Chronicle of Hastings' and news of the on-going project to make a popular history of Hastings based on the paintings, Circaidy Gregory Press exhibited their books, and some of the original works which were used for cover designs, including Cathy Edmunds' 'wormwood, earth and honey' and editor Kay Green was there to discuss creative events and projects planned for Hastings in 2010.


Hastings Hothouses

Christmas Exhibitions 2009

Click here for photos from the Dudley Road exhibition


'Old Magic in a New Age' launch 

The Black Swan, York, 12th December 2009

Here are the photos



Hastings Achievers Awards 2009

Ron Nicola receives an 'unsung hero' certificate.


Books Born in Hastings 2009

Earlyworks Press organised a series of events for readers and writers in the run-up to Hastings Week.  There were talks and workshops at the White Rock Hotel on the 6th and 7th October.


The main Books Born in Hastings exhibition was held at Hastings Town Hall on 10th October to coincide with the opening of the Hastings Week celebrations. During the day at the Town Hall, the winners of the Visions of Hastings Competition were announced.




Hastings Hothouses - an artistic tour of the town in carnival mood

Earlyworks Press and Circaidy Gregory Press books, along with many of the original cover artworks, were on display in the Millward Road venue of the Hastings Hothouses project. 


1st to 2nd & 6th to 9th August, 2009. 12 - 5 pm, and you can see a map of the venues on the Hastings Hothouses website. 


Popular children’s author Kate O’Hearn was the star at Bodiam Castle’s annual Family Fun Day on Wednesday 5th August.  

Rosalie Warren signing: 'Low Tide, Lunan Bay' May 2009


Book Launch: The Slow Turning Tide: Hastings in Austerity 1946-1954 by Victoria Seymour

Launched at The Stables Theatre, Hastings in November 2008.


Pam Eaves & Kate Nivison Speak at  the Woodford Festival October 2008

Author Pam Eaves on 'How to Write Short Stories' and find a market for them and travel writer Kate Nivison on 'How to Write Travel Features and Get Them Published'


Hastings, Sussex

Books Born in Hastings

As part of the Coastal Currents Arts Festival 29th August to 21st September The Jenny Lind, High Street, Hastings hosted a series of readings, signings and exhibitions of books written and published in Hastings. including the launch of Terry Sorby's latest book, 'Roadie & Co.  Photos and a summary of events 


Book Launch: wormwood, earth and honey April 2008

Cathy Edmunds at Bishop Auckland Town Hall 

Mayoral Awards: Hastings

Earlyworks Press Writers and Reviewers Club member Terry Sorby receives a Mayoral Award.


Book Launch: Light in the Shade by Pam Eaves

Pam's book was launched at Loughton Library, Essex, on 25th February 2008.


Stamford Book Festival

Writers from Authors2You and Earlyworks Press visited Stamford for the bookfair, readings and workshops.

Book Launch: The Anatomy of Chester

Stories inspired by modern life in the city of Chester, published by Chester University Press.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Exhibition, October 2007

Featuring a fantasy art workshop led by Katy Jones and the launch of the new Earlyworks Press Science Fiction book 'The Road Unravelled'.


Garfield School meet the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Challenge


Policing from the Town Hall in the 1940's, October 2007

Victoria Seymour at Hastings Town Hall 

Writers in Hastings exhibition, October 2007

Exhibition of books written and published in and around Hastings 

National Poetry Day, October 2007

Including the launch of Terry Sorby's book, Beyond the Greyscale

ESCC Readers and Writers Day, March 2007

Featuring Victoria Seymour, Kay Green and Guy Pringle

Hastings Week 2006

Exhibition by and for small press and independent authors, publishers and printers. 

Including the results of the Earlyworks Press/Royal Pictoria Novel Idea Competition