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Sun 13 Oct: SPUD AND YAM

October 13 @ 1:30 pm
Battle Memorial Hall, High Street
Battle, East Sussex TN33 0AG United Kingdom
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Performances at 1.30pm & 2.30pm

This engaging and heart-warming fusion of Irish and Caribbean stories, songs and music has lots of opportunities to join in and learn about recycling and looking after the environment.

FREE

Sat 12 Oct: IMPOSSIBLE THEATRE: TALKING HEADS

October 12 @ 7:00 pm
Hollington Youth Centre (tbc), Wishing Tree Road North
St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN38 9LL
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Simple to take part – then surprise yourself when you see your giant face spouting various texts.
Humorous, accessible and engaging.

FREE

Sat 12 Oct: AUDIO INSTALLATION: WOMEN IN SCIENCE

October 12 @ 12:00 pm
Wellington Place, Wellington Place
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1NY United Kingdom
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Come and hear songs composed by local children and young people from Silverdale School and Hastings Academy in six special listening booths in Hastings town centre.
12–3pm
FREE

Sat 12 Oct: XANTHE GRESHAM: King of the Golden River (also on Saturday 5 Oct)

October 12 @ 11:00 am
Hastings Library, Brassey Institute, 13, Claremont
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1HE United Kingdom
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Xanthe Gresham, this year’s Storyteller in Residence, is a Sussex- based storyteller whose highly energetic and distinctive style has captivated audiences all over the world.
Xanthe brings to life this tale of adventure, accompanied by original illustrations produced by our Patron, Sir Quentin Blake, for his new book of the story.
FREE
(Also on Saturday 5 October in Battle)

Fri 11 Oct: ‘AHIMSA’ EVENING

October 11 @ 7:00 pm | £7
Sacred Heart School, Old London Road
Hastings, East Sussex TN35 5NA United Kingdom
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Gandhi’s non-violent philosophy celebrated on his 150th birthday.
Sujata Banerjee Dance Co introduce special guest Santosh Nair, a Chauu dancer from India.
Dancers from the Company perform with dancers from Sacred Heart School and HOPE-G (Black and Minority Ethnic Seniors Group).
This event is expected to sell out so book early.
Includes Indian snacks

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Thurs 10 Oct: Maria Ferguson: Essex Girl

October 10 @ 7:00 pm
Marina Fountain, 26 Caves Road
St Leonards on sea, East Sussex TN38 0BY United Kingdom

THE INN CROWD PRESENTS
MARIA FERGUSON
‘ESSEX GIRL’
Poet and award-winning theatre-maker, Maria Ferguson introduces Essex Girl, AKA Kirsty, a 16-year-old girl growing up in ’00s Brentwood.
She likes WKD, Elton John, Pie & Mash and Charlie Red body spray.
She’s on a quest to win Sexy Ricky’s heart and pass her GCSEs. She also has a secret to tell you. One she can’t tell anyone else.
Follow Kirsty through the house parties and Irish pubs of Essex. From West Ham matches to choir practice, pre-drinks to registration, she’ll tell you what it’s really like to be an Essex
Girl.

There are no advance bookings for this event so please arrive early to avoid disappointment!
PAY WHAT YOU CAN

THU 10, FRI 11, SAT 12 OCT: TOLKIEN at the Electric Palace

October 10 @ 11:00 am - October 12 @ 10:00 pm | £8
Electric Palace Cinema, 39A High St
Hastings, TN34 3ER United Kingdom
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Thursday 10th October: 11am and 8pm
Friday & Saturday 11th/12th October: 8pm

As a young student J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts. Their brotherhood soon strengthens as Tolkien weathers the storm of a tumultuous courtship with Edith Bratt and the outbreak of World War I.
This film approaches its subject with an interest in the development of Tolkien’s ideas, his passion for philology and his love of myths and legends. A well acted, enjoyable biopic that sheds overdue light on a, until now, rather shadowy figure.
Director: Dome Karukoski, 2019
Duration: 112mins, USA Cert: 12

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Weds 9 Oct: Mother’s Ruin, hosted by Timberlina

October 9 @ 7:30 pm | £7
The Printworks, 14, Claremont
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1HT United Kingdom
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Queer Performance Provocateurs Mother’s Ruin return to Hastings’ Storytelling Festival with another crazy, unpredictable night of cabaret, stories and performance, this time with a focus on ‘Queer Futures’.
Hosted by Timberlina and featuring an electric mix of Queer voices both local and shipped in, Mother’s Ruin events feature emerging talent alongside established LGBTQ artists.

“Outrageously entertaining… bursting with queer comedy mayhem”
Manchester Wire

“Mother’s Ruin cleverly demonstrates just how radical and contemporary queer performance can be.”
Mancunian Matters

Over 18s
7.30pm, Printworks,
14 Claremont, Hastings
TN34 1HA
£7

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Tues 8 Oct: MEET THE WRITER: SUSAN EVANS CREATIVE FUTURE

October 8 @ 6:00 pm
Hastings Contemporary, Rock-A-Nore Rd
Hastings, United Kingdom
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‘Breaking the artificial barrier between page and stage.’

Susan Evans is an award-winning performance artist and writer, who regularly headlines across the UK’s alternative poetry and cabaret scenes.
Her work, which focuses on her relationships with people, places and politics, is widely published. She is currently editing her widely anticipated debut poetry collection, Shift Happens.
facebook.com/SusanEvansPoet

Please arrive at 6pm for 6.30pm

FREE (places limited – please arrive early)

Mon 7 Oct: PICKLED IMAGE: WOODLAND TALES WITH GRANDDAD

October 7 @ 4:30 pm
Sandown School, The Ridge TN34 2AA United Kingdom
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Something is happening in the woods. Strange voices are heard, a metallic smell fills the air, machines are gathering and a mysterious call echoes across the valley.
Laura the ladybird, Jeffrey the spider, Brett the Woodlouse, Willoughby the Woodpecker and Velda the Vixen are worried. But there’s one person who can help them – Granddad.
Is there enough time to save the wood?
And will the mysterious stranger help?

(also at Children’s Day on Sunday 6 October)

FREE (open to the public)

Sun 6 Oct: Children’s Storytelling Day and Parade

October 6 @ 12:00 pm
The Stade, The Stade
Hastings, TN34 3FJ United Kingdom
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A day of free stories, activities and carnival parade for children and adults to enjoy together!

The Mermaid
Showglobe’s mermaid welcomes you to her beautiful underwater world.

Drumming workshop
Make some noise!

Pongo: Flying Buttresses
Meet the world’s only 8foot Obobee Bird with his charming personality!

Woodland Tales with Grandad
In Pickled Image’s new show, the animals need Grandad’s help to save the wood.
But is there enough time?
(Also on Monday at Sandown School)

Anusha Subramanyam
Fresh and exciting Kathak dance and storytelling.

Parade: (line up 2.30pm, start 3pm)
Could Flights of Fancy be our most beautiful parade ever?  With flight inspired banners made by local children to honour Festival Patron
Sir Quentin Blake, plus drums and whistles a-plenty. Come and join in!

Circus Workshop
Bring out your inner acrobat and practice your circus skills with Andy Bosco.

Abbie Simmonds
Traditional tales that take you on adventures into your imagination.

Helicopter Stories with Out of the Bag
This method of telling stories is proven to positively influence children’s literacy, communication, confidence and social development.

If it’s wet, don’t fret! All our stories are under cover

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE – please look at blackboards on the day for final timings

 

SAT 5 OCT: XANTHE GRESHAM: KING OF THE GOLDEN RIVER (ALSO ON SATURDAY 12 OCT)

October 5 @ 11:00 am
Battle Library, 7 Market Road
Battle, East Sussex
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Xanthe Gresham, this year’s Storyteller in Residence, is a Sussex- based storyteller whose highly energetic and distinctive style has captivated audiences all over the world.
Xanthe brings to life this tale of adventure, accompanied by original illustrations produced by our Patron, Sir Quentin Blake, for his new book of the story.
FREE
(Also on Saturday 12 October in Hastings)

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