Eight years since its first appearance, Hastings Storytelling Festival returns once again for a diverse series of events happening all over town between 5th and 11th November. There’s something for everyone here – adults, families and of course local children, which this fun festival aims to inspire and involve in literature.

The theme this year is ‘place’ so expect exciting happenings throughout Hastings and
St Leonards. From carpark psychogeography to bonkers hats and nosy puppets, through gender stories and LGBTQ performance acts, secret tea parties and WW1 fables, to a midnight run (stroll really) with surprise artistic encounters along the way, what’s not to like?

On the Saturday Magick Door have created an ‘Otherworld’ of interactive hypnagogic holophonic soundworlds of immersive stories in Alexander Park. Sunday 11th climaxes in Children’s Storytelling Carnival Day, an illustrious array of storytellers from 12-4 pm on The Stade, with a children’s carnival parade at 3 pm.

Thanks to National Lottery funding from the Arts Council this festival has been able to work with 14 local schools providing visits from festival Artist in Residence, Sarah Evans. There have also been school visits from the Storytelling Festival Laureate, Jan Blake and Storytellers in Residence, Spud and Yam. Most events are free and those ticketed are used to subsidise free children’s events. With Sir Quentin Blake as patron and ‘Gruffalo’ illustrator Axel Scheffler involved, this is a serious local festival and not to be missed.

There are free programme brochures around Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill or for more information check out:

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