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This year marks the Platinum Anniversary of the Hastings Writers’ Group. Yes, that’s 70 years! As part of our celebrations we decided to publish a children’s anthology to support local charities and encourage the authors of the future.

1st June 2017, saw the launch of Imagine That! a compilation of stories, poems and pictures, written by local children to support three charities.

Over twenty young contributors from the Hastings & St Leonards-on-Sea areas, aged between 5 and 11, read extracts of their work to a packed audience, which included other contributors and their families, invited dignitaries including Hastings Mayor Judy Rogers, Michael Foster and HWG Chair Eileen Masters, along with representatives from the charities, which are:

Charity for Kids –

Dragonflies –

The Oliver Curd Trust –

Our compère for the event was HWG Vice Chair and world-renowned children and young adults author Kate O’Hearn, who put the children at their ease and moved things smoothly along.

Imagine That! costs £5 and is now available at the Hastings Tourist Information Centre, as well as from Hastings Writers’ Group and the charities themselves. All proceeds will be divided between the three charities.

We would like to thank our funders for making the book possible: Isabel Blackman Foundation, Hastings Lions Club, Hastings and St Leonards Muffin Club, Hastings Round Table, the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust and Hastings Writers’ Group, along with the White Rock Theatre for the use of the Sussex Studio.

We also want to thank the team which organised the book and the event – Rosemary Bartholomew, Roz Balp, Anne Hooker, Carol Pullen, Anne Spiring, Amanda Giles and Liz Allen. Thanks also to Amanda’s family who provided strong-armed assistance.

We hope that group members and local people alike will support Imagine That! and its charities, and enjoy a terrific book by the authors of the future.

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Seawords – Out now!

The new Hastings Writers’ Group  anthology, Seawords, is now available. All stories and poems are loosely based on the theme of Hastings and will be available soon both as an eBook and paperback through this website.

William I conquered England with the bow and the sword and put Hastings on the map. In this little book you’ll find the thoughts, stories and poems of some of the present-day inhabitants of Hastings, which show the affection we hold for our town.

Let us inform and entertain you as we explore the characters, places and history of Hastings – stroppy seagulls, mettlesome mermaids, deadly ‘do-it-yourself’ enthusiasts and art historians with a past of their own – there’s a lot more to Hastings than you might imagine!

All profits from the sale of this book will  go to Hastings Pier Charity for the further restoration of its amenities.

You can buy Seawords here.  

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Featured Members’ Publications

The Alphabet King by ex-member, Kate Errington. Available from Amazon

The stories help children make the connection between the sound and the shape of a letter, assisting their reading and writing.  Based on a powerful educational concept, used in Norwegian schools for years, it is now renewed and illustrated to inspire even more children. Profits from the sales will go to educational programmes related to The Alphabet King in developing countries.