Our annual celebration of books and artwork from Hastings took place at the Town Hall on 9th October this year, on the first Saturday of Hastings Week - which was also the first Saturday after Hastings Pier burned. Here's what happened...
Victoria Seymour offered a preview of her new book, 'Victory's Children',
to be launched the following week (see Local Events Page for details).
The Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust were there to remind everyone
that a scorched pier is not an ex-pier, and to sell tickets for the Hastings Week 'End of the Pier' boat-rides.
Kay Green exhibiting the latest from the Circaidy Gregory Press authors.
Katherine Reekie exhibiting her 'Art on the Beach' and other Hastings-themed collections.
Everyone gets a chance to have a good look at the 'Visions of Hastings' anthology and catch up on the latest news.
Playwrite Tom O'Brien tells mayor Kim Forward
about his Hastings-based play 'Down Bottle Alley'.
It's not just families that have history. Here's
Steve Dine of Empress Coaches with his
fascinating history of... Empress Coaches.
...and Steve Peak with his histories of
Fishermen of Hastings and Hastings Papers.
A very unusual photograph of The Three Men.
(I don't know - maybe he ducked?)
Jamie Ellis, one of the younger 'Visions of Hastings'
authors, shows the work to mayor Kim Forward.
The Family History Society offering advice and resources
to potential local and family history writers.
Escape route from London ... pirates' hideout ... birthplace of television ... where I first saw The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Status Quo ... holiday heaven ... dole-on-sea ... wartime frontline ... language school ... first port of call for tourists, students, asylum seekers ... cantankerous backwater ... cutting edge innovators ... meeting place of magicians, Morris sides and chess grandmasters ... seed-bed of artists, writers, musicians and inventors ... happy memories ... quiet retirement ... mods and rockers ... fancy diving ... fish & chips ... carnival ... ghosts, graphic design and modern art
memories, opinions, stories and pictures
about Hastings, by the people of Hastings including....
Joyce Brewer, Mary Horsfield, Angela Davis, Ron Nicola, 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, Richard Pitcairn-Knowles, Kevin Boorman, Don E Valentine, Juliette Dodd, Pasha Milburn, Alison Hill, Katherine Reekie, Tom O'Brien and Jamie Ellis.
Visions of Hastings
was launched at the exhibition
Rumours of the death of Hastings Pier have been greatly exaggerated
Charred Bingo ticket spotted in the debris after the fire.
Photo © Peter Blomfield 2010.
The launch was an extra special event because it fell in the week that Hastings Pier burned, and the people of Hastings rallied to support the rebuilding. Visions of Hastings' includes a piece entitled 'Pier Memories by Angela Davis, trustee of the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust.
Earlyworks Press are proud to announce that the anthology will be on sale at The Pier Shop on the seafront, and proceeds of shop sales will be going into the fund to rebuild the pier.
If you would like your own copy of 'Visions of Hastings', you can order from independent bookshops or your local library or use the Paypal button below.
Published by Earlyworks Press ISBN 978 1 906451 26 4
£9.99 + £1.50 p&p to UK addresses = £11.49
If you enjoyed 'Visions of Hastings', as a reader or a writer, you may be interested in taking part in our next project, 'Stories of St Leonards'. Click here for details.
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