Spokeswoman Meena Winter said: “Some highlights of a program that is packed with well-known and emerging storytelling and performance artists include an evening with the BAFTA-nominated and multi-award-winning author, broadcaster and poet. occasions, Lemn Sissay. Join us for this author talk at St Mary in the Castle in Hastings on Tuesday 18th October at 7pm.
“On Wednesday 19th October at the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery there will be an evening of boundless storytelling which is sure to inspire the public to tear up the rule book. The tantalizing Timberlina will host ICON, a thundering LGBTQIA+ evening, featuring Barbara Brownskirt and Tom Marshman for memorable, moving and cutting-edge fun. This will take place at St Mary in the Castle on Friday 21 October from 7.30pm.
“Be inspired by geographer, wellness practitioner and cold-water swimming enthusiast, Catherine Kelly, who will talk about her book Blue Spaces which explores how and why water can help you feel better. You’ll find her at Stade Hall on Thursday, October 20.
“There will be a few opportunities to meet one of the festival’s new patrons, Lauren Child. On Friday October 21 (4.30pm at St Mary in the Castle), Lauren will be joined by Emma Carroll to present their new project, The Little Match Girl Strikes Back – a fiery reworking of a classic tale.
“On Saturday, October 22, after a screening of How to Train your Dragon (St Mary in the Caste, 10:00 a.m.), Lauren and Cressida Cowell (author of How to Train your Dragon), will discuss the art and craft of creative writing.
“On Sunday, October 16, from Warrior Square Gardens, the Gobbledegook Theater will take members of the public on a site-appropriate sound walk, encouraging the public to listen to the earth’s geological processes.
“It will also be possible to have an interactive underwater experience and virtual reality with the Living Cost at the Stade Hall on Saturday October 22. On the same evening, look out for local artists ZEROH who will walk the streets and estates of Hastings and St Leonards in their beast, a unique and magical digital creation.And of course there are once again fabulous storytellers for children in schools and nurseries, a first for the Hastings Storytelling Festival.Choreographer Anusha Subramanyam, author Bali Rai and 3D creator artists, Radiator Arts, will be leading a series of workshops in schools and nurseries throughout the week. Children’s Day.
“On Wednesday October 19, educators Alex Etchart and Ruth England will host an online workshop sharing LGBTQIA+ resources and stories with teachers as part of 6pm and Global Learning London’s You, Me, Story!
“Not forgetting the incredible finale of Children’s Day at the Stadium (October 23) which is a fabulous opportunity for families to enjoy free quality puppet shows, storytelling, performances, workshops and a parade fun. This year’s fantastic lineup includes Out of the Deep Blue by Autin Dance Theatre, My heart, my heart: Live Poesie Jukebox, a puppet show by Flock Theatre, Peter Chand, Circo Rum Baba, Anusha Subramanyam, Richard Storyboard, Out of the Bag Theatre, Dolly Delicious and Pan to Steel Drummers.