Upcoming Events

  • Writing sizzling sex scenes
    Thu, 23 Sep
    St Mary in the Castle
    23 Sep, 10:00 – 13:00
    St Mary in the Castle, 7 Pelham Cres, Hastings TN34 3AF, UK
    Beth Miller, author of The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright and When We Were Sisters, offers advice on how to write steamy scenes - without running the risk of a bad sex award...
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  • Inside and outside publishing
    Thu, 23 Sep
    St Mary in the Castle
    23 Sep, 13:00
    St Mary in the Castle, 7 Pelham Cres, Hastings TN34 3AF, UK
    Our panel will be talking about publishing from the inside and out, and how the pandemic has affected the industry from both an industry expert and author point of view. Kindly sponsored by New Writing South.
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  • Meet the agent 2021
    Thu, 23 Sep
    St Mary in the Castle
    23 Sep, 15:30 – 17:35
    St Mary in the Castle, 7 Pelham Cres, Hastings TN34 3AF, UK
    A golden opportunity to get professional feedback on your novel or non-fiction book. Join Tom Drake-Lee, agent at DHH literary agency, for a limited number of one-to-one sessions include detailed feedback on your submission.
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  • Monique Roffey in conversation
    Fri, 24 Sep
    Kino-Teatr
    24 Sep, 11:00 – 12:00
    Kino-Teatr, 43-49 Norman Rd, St Leonards on Sea TN38 0EG, UK
    Award-winning author Monique Roffey will discuss love, romance and the challenges of writing about masculinity with editor and The Book of Man founder Martin Robinson. The session will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. 
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  • The world according to Lucy Mangan
    24 Sep, 14:00 – 15:00
    Kino-Teatr, 43-49 Norman Rd, St Leonards on Sea TN38 0EG, UK
    “People say that life’s the thing… but I prefer reading” – join author and journalist Lucy Mangan in conversation with festival director Sam Davey.
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  • Jessica Mookherjee: Poet and poetry "exploring place and identity"
    24 Sep, 16:30 – 17:30
    Kino-Teatr, 43-49 Norman Rd, St Leonards on Sea TN38 0EG, UK
    Jessica will be reading from her work and talking about the ways in which we self create and become our own myths, how we are the very things that break us and how this informs how we write poetry today.
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  • Peter Bradshaw - the challenges of turning the written word into a great movie.
    24 Sep, 18:30
    Kino-Teatr, 43-49 Norman Rd, St Leonards on Sea TN38 0EG, UK
    Join celebrated film critic Peter Bradshaw as he discusses translating literature to the big screen. Does a great story necessarily make a great movie? Followed by a screening of The Swimmer.
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  • In conversation with Michèle Roberts
    25 Sep, 11:00 – 12:00
    Kino-Teatr, 43-49 Norman Rd, St Leonards on Sea TN38 0EG, UK
    Join acclaimed author Michèle Roberts in conversation with Literary Festival Director Sam Davey to discuss Michèle’s new novel Cut Off –“‘Lyrical, atmospheric, wonderful. This novel has all the romance of the most delicious hot French summer.”
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  • Refugee tales
    Sat, 25 Sep
    Kino-Teatr
    25 Sep, 13:00 – 14:00
    Kino-Teatr, 43-49 Norman Rd, St Leonards on Sea TN38 0EG, UK
    Join broadcaster Bidisha and poets David Herd and Simon Smith, who will be discussing and reading from Refugee Tales IV – real experiences of anonymous refugees retold by authors. This volume welcomes new international perspectives and a focus on detention during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • Sir David Hare in conversation with Nicholas Hytner
    25 Sep, 16:00 – 18:00
    Kino-Teatr, 43-49 Norman Rd, St Leonards on Sea TN38 0EG, UK
    Leading playwright Sir David Hare talks to theatre and film director Nicholas Hytner about his life and work. Actor Julian Sands will read from Sir David's new book of essays and poems. Hastings Literary Festival patron Sir David will also join a discussion panel with local writers’ groups.
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  • Bedtime stories
    Sat, 25 Sep
    Kino-Teatr
    25 Sep, 20:00
    Kino-Teatr, 43-49 Norman Rd, St Leonards on Sea TN38 0EG, UK
    Our good friend Tim B‘vard will be hosting our fabulous festival finale - an evening of saucy bedtime fun: bad sex, good sex and lullabies - all in the best literary taste! Giggles guaranteed. With VG Lee, Bev Lee Harling, Penny Pepper and Sister Mary.
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