All images on this page are from 'Millennium Chronicle of Hastings' © 2000 Ron Nicola

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Visions of Hastings Competition

A big thank you to everyone who was a part of it.


The first prize was won by 

Joyce Brewer

Joyce Brewer


for her piece, 'The Road' about the memories, hopes and fears of the residents of Broomgrove Road in Hastings. There was a wonderful variety of work entered for this competition and, after Christmas, we will be starting work on the compilation of a Visions of Hastings anthology.


The top ten authors and artists were....

Mary Horsfield, Kristina Thurlow, Joe Fearn, Vera Vickers, Peter Saunders, Kay McMullen, Stanley John Arber, Stephanie Morris, Karen Clow, D A Green, Carol Ridge, Rachel Marsh, Patricia Halsey, D E Valentine, Christine Barry, Christine Hayward, Victoria Climpson, Nola McSweeney and Jamie Ellis.


All the pieces had their own special links to Hastings and they will form the heart of an Earlyworks Press anthology about Hastings, by the people of Hastings, to be published later in 2010. Here is one of the shorlisted artworks, 'Rock Pools at Hastings' which is being considered as a cover illustration for the anthology. 

Rcokpools at Hastings by Vera Vickers

The prizes included cash, book tokens, and signed books from...

border panels from Ron Nicola's Millenium Chronicle

Tamara McKinley


£5 book tokens from Moon Times books, Trinity Street Hastings



TAMARA MCKINLEY was born in Launceston, Tasmania, and was forced to come to England with her grandmother to finish her education at an all girls’ boarding school in Sussex. Her childhood experiences and the enduring memories of her amazing grandmother and two extraordinary great-aunts, form the back-bone of her novels which are coloured with the red, green and gold of her beloved Australia.

Tamara now lives and writes on the south coast of England. Her eight Aussie sagas to date are published in at least 15 different languages and can be found worldwide. In her homeland of Australia she is considered by many to be "Britain's Best Kept Secret". She is patron of Hastings Writers Group, and has offered signed copies of her new 'Legacy' trilogy to the Visions of Hastings competition winners.



Signed novels from authors 

Kate O'Hearn, Jill Hucklesby, Andy Oakes, Monica Tracey, Chas Jones,

Kay Green Cathy Edmunds and Rosalie Warren...




...Hastings social history books by Victoria Seymour

and more. None of our shortlisted entrants

went away empty handed.


And finally, a big thank you to the the Hastings Week Committee and

the sponsors of 'Books Born in Hastings 2009', who were...


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East Sussex 

Library and Information Services






University Centre Hastings is the home of the University of Brighton in Hastings. We provide a selection of courses from a leading modern university that has built a reputation for teaching, research and professional focus. Since 2003, we have inspired and supported students, from all types of background and with all kinds of experience, to achieve their ambition of university education.


McMath Accountancy Services are a small and friendly book keeping and payroll company offering a professional, comprehensive and cost effective service. Contact us today for an informal chat and no obligation quotation on 

01424 458077 

Full details of our services available at 


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Moon Times Bookstore      7 Trinity Street Hastings

A wide selection of books on all topics, including a large section upon Mind, Body and Spirit. 

Birth chart readings and room for hire

call Graham on (01424) 465257 or email

Richard Holdsworth signing


Richard Holdsworth, author of 'Six Spoons of Sugar', a delightful tale of an evacuee, that appeals to the older generation who might have been an evacuee themselves and to today’s children studying WWll at school.

Richard will be signing copies and chatting about the experiences of evacuees at Books Born in Hastings on 10th October.



Circaidy Gregory Press

Independent Books for Independent Readers


A small press based in Hastings, supplying libraries and independent bookshops, Circaidy Gregory Press publishes novels, short story and poetry collections. At Circaidy Gregory, authors, editors and cover-artists work together to create books that are a pleasure to look upon as well as something special to read.



ron nicola with his painting

Special thanks are due to artist Ron Nicola, who has allowed us to use images from his 'Millennium Chronicle of Hastings'

Here is Ron, 'unsung hero', at St Mary in the Castle.

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