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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

Storytelling Festival Trustees

Meet the trustees who helped to make this festival possible.(subject to change) 

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Dick Edwards 

Committee Chair

Dick Edwards dedicated thirty years of his life to primary education in Peckham. Upon moving to Hastings in '86, Edwards joined the Hastings Old Town Residents Association where he suggested an annual storytelling festival, which we is known today as Hasting's Storytelling Festival. After three successful years Hasting's storytelling festival launched as an independent charity with Sir Quentin Blake as it's Patron. 

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Sandra Garner

Committee Vice-Chair

Sandra has been a trustee of the festival for 6 years. Sandra spent much of her professional career working in the voluntary and community sector. However, prior to this Sandra, was a Principal Local Government Officer being the link between the community and the local authority. 

Kate Francis

Committee Secretary

After a career in Legal Aid and audit for the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureau Kate became involved in local organisations including her residence association. Together with Dick Edwards, They embarked on a storytelling pilot. Kate's contribution includes secretarial, governance and support for art work in the schools  

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Hillary Lissenden

Trustee

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Plants and Pottery

Philip White

Trustee

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Lorna Crabbe 

Trustee

Lorna is an artist, researcher and curator who resides in Hastings Old Town. Her work spans artists' books, costume, handmade objects, painting, drawing and puppets, all with a link to collecting and re-imaging the past. 

She directed the annual coastal Currents arts festival in Hastings from 2009 - 2015, and has since instigated and led a number of independent local community heritage projects, live events and productions. Lorna was delighted to be asked to become a trustee of Hastings Storytelling Festival in 2019.

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Emma Hughes

Trustee

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Sarah Evans

Artist-in-Residence

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Mandy Curtis

Creative Director

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