Thanks to the Culture Recovery Fund from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Arts Council England,

Hastings Storytelling Festival can continue to be #HereForCulture

Sir Quentin Blake
Festival Patron

Cartoonistillustrator and children’s writer, Sir Quentin Blake, may be best known for illustrating books by Roald Dahl.
In 2002 he won the international Hans Christian Andersen Award for his contribution as a children’s illustrator.
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. 

Whether it's spoken word, dance, puppetry, carnival, theatre, conversation or digital media, we programme diverse artists to appear in exciting and accessible venues.
Hastings Storytelling Festival started in 2011 and is 
now a charity. 

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

Thank you to Kevin Graal for his latest beautiful story, produced in March 2021 for Hastings Storytelling Festival and Read Your Way Hastings

Children’s Laureates

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

  • Lauren Child

    Lauren Child is a writer and illustrator, best known for her Charlie and Lola picture books, Clarice Bean picture books and Ruby Redfort Novels.

  • Dame Jacqueline Wilson

    Dame Jacqueline Wilson's children's novels frequently feature themes of adoption, divorce and mental illness. She was a Nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2014.

  • Michael Morpurgo

    Michael Morpurgo is an Author, poet, playwright best known for children's novels such as War Horse.

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