‘Read Your Way’ is a project to encourage reading among children and young people in Hastings. ‘Read Your Way’ is part of the Get Hastings Reading campaign from Hastings Opportunity Area. The project is delivered by a consortium of partners, led by Education Futures Trust.



‘Read Your Way Family Day’ at FSN was part of the Get Hastings Reading project aiming to encourage people to read more.

Visitors enjoyed live comedy shows, workshops, storytelling, stalls, music and 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’, said Mandy Curtis, who is part of the Get Hastings Reading team. ‘There was a lot of silliness and fun.’

A highlight was live comedy show, Blue Planet III, in which Luke Rollason tried to make his own version of the BBC’s nature documentary on a shoe string budget, with hilarious results!

Children also took part in Andy Willard’s ‘Random Story Generator’ where a Dr Who style machine with flashing lights churned out words which participants made into stories.

Youngsters enjoyed sparkly face painting, stalls, refreshments and, of course, Santa, who handed out gifts of books.


Storytelling events for ‘Read Your Way’

Supported by the Hastings Opportunity Area, one of the first events for the Read Your Way project was a puppet show at Churchwood Primary School as part of Hastings Storytelling Festival.

In October, around 60 key stage one children were treated to a puppet show from Theatre Fideri, called Oskar’s Amazing Adventure.

The show tells the story of an exciting day in the life of a mischievous puppy dog in the Swiss mountains. It is based on a book by Colin Granger. The show was attended by the author himself, who gave each class a copy of the original book.

‘It’s great that the children have watched the show live and can read the story again in their classroom’, said Mandy Curtis who produces Hastings Storytelling Festival.

Teacher at Churchwood School, Laura Klein, said ‘Everybody loved the performance – thank you so much for this opportunity!’

Another event funded by ‘Read Your Way’ as part of Hastings Storytelling Festival saw Hollington lit up by a giant audio-visual installation, called ‘Talking Heads’, by Impossible Theatre. 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.

At the Children’s Storytelling Festival Day on Sunday 6 October, Georgina Kane from Educations Futures Trust told stories from her gazebo and gave away lots of free books to local children.


New partnership will encourage Hastings to ‘Read Your Way’

‘Read Your Way’ is part of the Get Hastings Reading campaign from Hastings Opportunity Area.

The campaign will see events and reading facilities pop up around the town over the next year, all with one goal – to get young people excited about the pleasure and creativity that reading can unlock.

Read Your Way will make donations of over 10,000 books to children across Hastings in coming months as well as setting up accessible public reading areas around town.

Read Your Way is led by the Education Futures Trust and a consortium of partners including Culture ShiftFSN18 HoursHastings Storytelling Festival and the National Social Marketing Centre

For more information, visit https://www.educationfuturestrust.org/get-hastings-reading/