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About us

Storytelling is for everyone

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 programmes an annual week-long season of storytelling.


The festival is now a charity. The trustees meet around the year and aim to expand the festival through partnerships.


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

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

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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 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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