Hastings Week Poetry Competition
The theme this year is ‘Hastings Castle’ and there are three categories: 11 years and under; 12-18 years; Adults 18 years and above. Send one poem only per entrant (maximum 500 words) by Friday 19th October, and include full name, age and contact details. Judges are Deputy Mayor Cllr James Bacon, Cllr Judy Rogers and Actress Jenny Hanley. Winners will be notified before end of October 2018, and poems may be used in publications supported by the Hastings Week Committee. Certificates and prizes will be presented at an Awards Evening.
Post to: Cllr James Bacon, Deputy Mayor, Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place, Hastings, TN34 3UY. Email to: [email protected]

Hastings Young Writers
Following the success of Hastings LitFest, dreamt up and organised by two Hastings Writers Group members, Sam Davey and Marcia Woolf, HWG are now launching a new youth writing group. Hastings Young Writers will begin in late September 2018 and, like the adult group, meetings will take place at the White Rock Hotel, Hastings. The group is aimed at young people aged 11 to 17 years, of any ability, who have a passion for writing.
Email to: [email protected]

Women’s Poetry Workshops
A women only creative writing space is offered throughout September and October in an ongoing series of workshops run by local poet, community worker and activist JC McFee. The ‘JC Says’ course of poetry workshops are on Tuesdays 6.30-8.00 pm at the Respond Academy premises in Queensbury House, Havelock Road TN34 1BP and cost £5 per session (concessions may apply).
Email: [email protected] Tel: 0771 104 8207

Poems for Tommy Two-Guns
A new limited edition poetry collection from HIP Literature Editor, Pete Donohue, was published on 12th September by York-based Analog Submission Press. £3 plus postage direct from the publisher.

Big Sleep Bedtime Story
Pete Donohue will also be reading a specially written bedtime story, ‘The Old Hastings Fisherman and Harry the Seagull’, following a set from local bluesman King Size Slim, around the brazier at this year’s Big Sleep on The Stade to raise money for Seaview. This intimate event on Friday 28th September is for those sleeping out in ‘Cardboard City’ only, following an evening of entertainment open to the public from 8-10 pm. There is still time to register and get involved in the sleep-out and fundraising.



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