Calling all young writers

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May 2018

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Calling all young writers

writing competition

Hastings Litfest, a new literary festival, is coming to the town at the end of August, and young writers can get involved by entering the festival's sports journalism competition.

This competition, open to everyone under 18 years of age, is looking for high standards of writing, strength of thought and freshness of ideas. The piece must be a review or report of a match (any match) taking place between 1st March and 31st May 2018.  There is a strict word limit - 500 words, so why not encourage any budding writers out there to put pen to paper and submit an entry.  

Touring Conan Doyle Exhibition at Crowborough library

conan doyle

From Monday 14th May visitors to Crowborough Library will be able to see the touring exhibition exploring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s campaign to save the lives of British soldiers. Conan Doyle, one of Crowborough most famous former residents, is most well-known as the creator of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. He͛’s less well-known for his passionate efforts to reduce casualties during the First World War.

Conan Doyle used his fame as a writer to lead the campaign to save the lives of British soldiers who were fighting for the freedom of the world͟. This exhibition, on tour from the Royal Armouries, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, tells the story of that campaign, drawing on the writer’s personal papers held at the Royal Armouries and elsewhere.

The exhibition runs during Crowborough Library opening times and is on display until mid-June.  It will be accompanied by a talk from Philip Abbott, Archives and Records Manager at the Royal Armouries.  The date for the talk is still to be fixed, but we will publicise it once it is confirmed.

Meet up at Hastings library to find out more about Code Clubs

code club

Are you running a Code Club or thinking of starting one? Code Club meetups are a free, fun, friendly way to meet fellow members of the Code Club community near you.

Come along to share your experiences or to learn more about getting involved with Code Club, and meet some of the awesome volunteers and educators who make up our community. The event is at Hastings library from 5pm on Thursday 24th May.


Au revoir to our Hastings Writer in Residence

Alan Ward

Alan Ward has been keeping a blog writing about his experiences as the Writer in Residence at Hastings Library. The project officially came to an end at the end of March, though some participant work will later be published. The programme has worked with nine partner organisations to deliver over 40 events (including creative writing workshops and one-to-one feedback sessions), and was funded by Arts Council England.

Over 300 people took part in the Writer in Residence programme with one participant commeting that: "It has helped enormously with my writing. Through the session I learnt about two particular strategies/techniques that I will carry forward into all future work, plus considerations to improve plot structure. Thank you so much Alan."

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