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Founding Patron

Cartoonist, illustrator, 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.

Spoken word, dance, puppetry, carnival, theatre, conversation or digital media: diverse artists in exciting and accessible venues.

Most Hastings Storytelling Festival events are free and ALL are free to children under 10.

Hastings Storytelling Festival started in 2011 and is now a charity. 

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Festival Patrons

In 2022, three new Patrons pledged their support for Hastings Storytelling Festival

Children's Laureates

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

Storytelling Festival Team

Meet the team who make Hastings Storytelling Festival happen

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