Hastings and its surrounds has become a creative base for a string of legendary cartoonists over the years. How many can you name? I’m not going to tell you here. Probably the most prolific in the last few decades was the now sadly departed Martin Honeysett.

Unbelievable as it may seem, it is almost a year since we reported Martin’s sudden and unexpected death. Now, as we did then, we celebrate his life as a popular and well-loved member of our community and as a respected and highly valued contributor to the cream of satirical and humourous media both in the UK and globally. Private Eye, Punch, The Oldie….The list goes on and on. And we are privileged to be permitted to reproduce some of Martin’s work in Hastings Independent.


To mark the first anniversary of Martin’s death, loved ones, friends and professional colleagues have curated an exhibition of his work at the prestigious Cartoon Museum in central London. This will feature cartoons from across his lengthy career in Hastings plus work from his time as a visiting Cartoon Professor in Japan.

A taste of Honeysett opens on Tuesday 19th January with a private view opened by Michael Palin. This HIP cartoonist and Literature Editor will report back to you. Martin’s exhibition continues until Saturday 16TH April. The Cartoon Museum is at 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH.

By Pete Donohue

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