Storytelling is for everybody…

whether via spoken word, dance, puppetry, parades, theatre, conversation or digital media.

We programme diverse artists to appear in exciting and accessible venues. ​

Every year, we appoint a different Storyteller-in-Residence as part of our vibrant schools programme.

Many of our events are free and ALL are free to children under 10.

Mandy Curtis, Festival Director and Director of 18 Hours Events, producers of Hastings Storytelling Festival since 2012

Sir Quentin Blake (Festival Patron)

Cartoonistillustrator and children’s writer Sir Quentin Blake may be best known best illustrating books written by Roald Dahl.

For his lasting contribution as a children’s illustrator he won the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2002, the highest recognition available to creators of children’s books.

From 1999 to 2001 he was the inaugural British Children’s Laureate. He is a patron of the Association of Illustrators.

Sir Quentin spends part of his time living in Hastings and, as well as supporting Hastings Storytelling Festival, works closely with the Hastings Contemporary gallery where he has recently produced a new work, ‘We Live in Worrying Times’. 

Children’s Laureates

It has been a huge pleasure to welcome these Children’s Laureates at Hastings Storytelling Festival.

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