Storytelling is for everybody

...whether it's spoken word, dance, puppetry, carnival, theatre, conversation or digital media.

We programme diverse artists to appear in exciting and accessible venues.

Every year, we appoint a different Storyteller-in-Residence as part of our vibrant schools programme.

Most of our events are free and ALL are free to children under 10, but in 2020 they are all free to everyone.

Hastings Storytelling Festival has been produced by 18 Hours Events and Education since 2012.

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 biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award for his lasting 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 where, as well as supporting Hastings Storytelling Festival, he works closely with the Hastings Contemporary Gallery. Here he has recently produced a new work, ‘We Live in Worrying Times’. 

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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