Read Your Way is a project to encourage reading among children and young people in Hastings

It is part of the Get Hastings Reading campaign from Hastings Opportunity Area and is delivered by a consortium of partners including Hastings Storytelling Festival, led by Education Futures Trust. The campaign will set up accessible public reading areas around town and donate over 10,000 books to children across Hastings. Hastings Storytelling Festival delivers free reading events for Read Your Way, funded by Hastings Opportunity Area.

Sunday 25 October 2020: Children’s Book Festival and Wagon Parade

Local schools and families will participate in this free storytelling day. Usually held on the Stade in Hastings Old Town, but this year the event will be online.

‘So looking forward to being part of this brilliant event! It’ll be different this year but bring it on – we’re ready to make a wagon and have lots of fun!’


Saturday 7 December 2019: Read Your Way at Christmas

This event at FSN included live comedy shows, workshops, storytelling, stalls, face painting, refreshments, Santa’s grotto and live music. Over 50 free books were given out to children.

‘It was great to see children and families having so much fun with books and story activities. There was a lot of silliness and fun.’

Parent / attendee

Tuesday 8 October 2019: Oskar’s Amazing Adventure by Theatre Fideri

Around 60 key stage one children at Churchwood Primary School were treated to this puppet show, about a day in the life of a mischievous puppy in the Swiss mountains. The show was attended by the author, Colin Granger, who gave each class a copy of the original book.

‘Everybody loved the performance – thank you so much for this opportunity!

Laura Klein, Teacher

Saturday 12 October 2019: Talking Heads by Impossible Theatre

This free public event saw Hollington lit up by a giant audio-visual installation. Passing residents had their faces scanned and displayed on giant screens, with well-known phrases from books, poems, songs, theatre, film and musicals coming from their mouths.

It was hilarious seeing my face up there with all these different words coming out!