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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, 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.

Supported by Get Hastings Reading

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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SPACES ARE VERY LIMITED FOR THIS EVENT

‘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)

Summer storytelling sessions: flights of fancy

FREE Summer Storytelling Sessions for 7-12 year olds ‘Flights of Fancy’

August 5 @ 9:30 am - August 9 @ 4:30 pm
Hastings Contemporary, Rock-A-Nore Rd
Hastings, United Kingdom
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Our free Summer Storytelling Sessions are at Hastings Contemporary [formerly Jerwood] Rock-a-Nore Road from Monday 5 to Friday 9 August.

Children aged 7-12 will enjoy storytelling from Jamie Crawford, followed by an art workshop with local artists Sarah Evans and Emma Hughes. You’ll make wonderful works of art that can be carried on a parade around the Old Town on Sunday 6 October as part of Hastings Storytelling Festival Children’s Day.

There are 10 identical sessions for children aged 7-12.

  • Monday 5 August 9.30am-12.30pm OR 1.30-4.30pm
  • Tuesday 6 August 9.30am-12.30pm OR 1.30-4.30pm
  • Wednesday 7 August 9.30am-12.30pm OR 1.30-4.30pm
  • Thursday 8 August  9.30am-12.30pm OR 1.30-4.30pm
  • Friday 9 August 9.30am-12.30pm OR 1.30-4.30pm

To book a place please email the following information* to office@18hours.org.uk

  • Child’s name
  • Child’s date of birth
  • Parent / carers name
  • Address
  • Contact phone number
  • Reserve phone number
  • email address
  • Which session you would like the child to attend

Places are allocated on a first-come / first served basis.

*This information will be used for this event only, will not be shared and will be saved securely.

 

Children’s Storytelling Carnival Day

11th November 2018 @ 12:00 pm | Free
The Stade, The Stade
Hastings, TN34 3FJ United Kingdom
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FREE stories, activities and workshops a-plenty on the Stade.

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

Programme (subject to change)
12 & 1.30pm: Out of the Hat by Long Nose Puppets
When Doris and Delilah wake up to find something strange and sparkly has fallen from the sky, they are inspired to put on the world’s greatest magic show! But HOW do you make real magic happen?

2.15 & 3.25pm: Tuup
Tuup is recognized as one of the most inspiring inspirational storytellers, from the African-Caribbean community, as well as the wider International Storytelling community. Tuup embodies the African oral tradition of the grio. 2.15 & 3.25pm:

12.45 & 2.20pm: Kevin Graal
Highly skilled local storyteller, Kevin Graal, has a repertoire of
interactive stories, riddles, songs and rhymes from around the world.

12 & 1.45pm: Spud and Yam
A new commission by Storytellers in Residence, Kate Corkery and Winston Nzinga, aka Spud & Yam. They have been bringing their unique Irish/Jamaican mix of educational and entertaining stories
of plastic waste to local schools throughout the week.

12 & 3.15pm: Xanthe Gresham
A Sussex based storyteller whose highly energetic and distinctive
style has captivated audiences all over the world.

All afternoon: Richard Storybeard
Another local gem of a storyteller. Snuggle down and soak up magical tales told in a cosy yurt.

12 & 1.45pm: Circo Rum Ba Ba, L’Hotel
The loopy hosts of L’Hotel make Basil Fawlty look positively in control. One of the funniest pieces of live street performance you’ll ever see!

12.45 & 3.15pm: Snow Globe
Wave to the Snow Queen, as she drifts through the festival in her miniature world of sparkling snow and ice.

3pm: Children’s Parade
Join the parade through the Old Town with hats, drums, banners and whistles!

All afternoon: Cart of Wonders
Radiator Arts bring us folklore stories on wheels.

ILLUSTRATION: © SARAH EVANS

FREE
Stade Open Space, TN34 3FJ
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Otherworld by Majik Door: Full installation

10th November 2018 @ 7:30 pm | Free
Alexandra Park, Greenhouse Entrance
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 2EL United Kingdom
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Drop in and explore between 7.30 – 9.30pm

Marrying the ancient and the cutting edge, Otherworld is a mischievously surreal experience informed by local stories.

Northern Ireland’s Magik Door create a portal to the Otherworld in the heart of  Alexandra Park, turning an area of the park into an interactive hypnagogic dreamscape.

The company is renowned for creating alternative realities using emerging technologies, including immersive 3D audio environments, augmented reality, interactive hybrid art exhibitions and performance.

The public can wander through the installation, playing with some of the interactive exhibits, bathing in soundscapes and, in the evening, hear some immersive stories.

Whilst Otherworld is suitable for children, the full installation in the evening maybe dark and scary, so 12+ advised (unless you have very brave and open minded children). However, during the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions, children can engage with the installation.

Everything Stops for Tea by Secret Platform Theatre (Sat 10 Nov, 4.30pm – Drop in event)

10th November 2018 @ 4:30 pm | Free
Borough Wines, Borough Wines, Robertson Street,
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1HT United Kingdom
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Come to  Everything Stops for Tea – It’s a celebration of the Great British love of tea and the art of conversation.

Blurring the boundary between theatre and real life, think of it as an immersive, theatrical housewarming party hosted by Phyllis and Daphne who have tales to tell, tea and biscuits for everyone and can’t wait to meet you!

Do come…it’s free!

This is a rolling event – drop in and enjoy.

Borough Wines
Sat 10 November, 4.30pm
(Also on Thu 8 November, 12.30pm–2pm & 3pm–4.30pm at Hastings Library)

Axel Scheffler: Author and illustrator (Gruffalo Illustrator)

10th November 2018 @ 2:00 pm | £5 – £10
White Rock Theatre, Sussex Hall, White Rock
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1JX United Kingdom
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Axel is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed author and illustrator of some of the most well-loved children’s books, including Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo.

His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world.

Axel will read stories, draw and talk about his work.

2pm
White Rock Theatre, Sussex Hall, White Rock TN34 1JX
ADULT aged 17+ (comes with one free child aged 0–10, on request) £10
CHILDREN aged 11–16 and/or additional children aged 0–10 £5
Tickets: whiterocktheatre.org.uk

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Otherworld by Majik Door: Explore the Installations

10th November 2018 @ 1:30 pm | Free
Alexandra Park, Greenhouse Entrance
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 2EL United Kingdom
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Northern Ireland’s Magik Door create alternative realities using emerging technologies. The company specialises in immersive 3D audio environments, augmented reality, interactive hybrid art exhibitions and performance.

Magik Door create a portal to the Otherworld in the heart of Hastings’ Alexandra Park which turns an area of the park into an interactive hypnagogic dreamscape.

Marrying the ancient and the cutting edge, Otherworld is a mischievously surreal hybrid art installation consisting of interactive audio holograms, 3D

Whilst the evening’s full show  may be a little too dark and edgy for young children, the afternoon session is a chance for them to enjoy the installation in the daylight.

Otherworld by Majik Door: Full Installation

9th November 2018 @ 7:30 pm | Free
Alexandra Park, Greenhouse Entrance
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 2EL United Kingdom
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Drop in and explore between 7.30 – 9.30pm

Marrying the ancient and the cutting edge, Otherworld is a mischievously surreal experience informed by local stories.

Northern Ireland’s Magik Door create a portal to the Otherworld in the heart of  Alexandra Park, turning an area of the park into an interactive hypnagogic dreamscape.

The company is renowned for creating alternative realities using emerging technologies, including immersive 3D audio environments, augmented reality, interactive hybrid art exhibitions and performance.

The public can wander through the installation, playing with some of the interactive exhibits, bathing in soundscapes and, in the evening, hear some immersive stories.

Whilst Otherworld is suitable for children, the full installation in the evening maybe dark and scary, so 12+ advised (unless you have very brave and open minded children). However, during the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions, children can engage with the installation.

Hastings Midnight Run

9th November 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10th November 2018 @ 12:00 am | £10
The Stade, The Stade
Hastings, TN34 3FJ United Kingdom
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Hastings Storytelling Festival presents
INUA ELLAMS’ HASTINGS MIDNIGHT RUN with Kit Caless

Includes
Gareth Rees  – Hastings history and psychogeography workshop
Juliet Brando – Hastings comedian, graphic artist, leading an illustration workshop
Anna Page – Musician, teacher, singer songwriter, leading a music workshop
Kit Caless – Storytelling and Poetry
Otherworld – by Majik Door: Audio soundscapes in Alexandra Park

Either bring food or money to pay for a scheduled food stop at Xochipilli in Queens Road

Devised by artist, Inua Ellams, the Midnight Run has taken place in many towns, including Paris, Madrid, Berlin, London and Hastings Storytelling Festival 2016.

The Midnight Run is a walking, arts-filled, night-time cultural journey through urban spaces. It gathers strangers and local artists together to explore, play and create, whilst the city sleeps. The MNR aims to break down social barriers and provide a platform for established and emerging creatives, bringing moments of genuine interactive creativity.

Back for its second year, the Hastings Midnight Run will celebrate the town and it’s hidden, waterside spaces. Beginning at a secret location, Kit Caless will take you on a journey, guiding you through the lesser-known nooks and crannies of the town before ending in a hidden location at midnight.

Kit Caless is a co-founder, editor and publisher at Influx Press. He is passionate about producing alternative, respected and well-designed books that explore place and our relationship with space. Working as a freelance writer, Kit has had several short fiction and journalism pieces published in many places including Ambit, The Quietus, and the Huffington Post. Kit works as a freelance as a speaker and events coordinator, with specific focus on London literature. Find out more at: Influx Press

Come ready to explore, play and create. As always, in typical Midnight Run fashion, expect the unexpected and come to have fun.

Expect art, outdoor games, friendly strangers and a new perspective.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and come dressed for the weather. No latecomers please, we will leave at 6pm sharp.

6pm – Midnight
Starts at The Stade Open Space TN34 3FJ
End location tbc

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