Storytelling festival ends this weekend

Hastings Storytelling Festival
Hastings Storytelling Festival

Hastings Storytelling Festival comes to an end this weekend but promises more tantalising tales to suit all tastes.

Tonight (Friday) from 7.30pm brings The Velvet Curtain, a deliciously daring array of adult-only stories, DJ, live music, CanCan dancing and saucy humour, at the Masonic Hall in St Leonards.

Strictly for over 18s this night of burlesque glamour, wit and outrageous entertainment will be compered by Crimson Skye who has performed for Alice Cooper.

Tickets are available from the Hastings Tourist Information Centre, SHOP, Norman Road or online.

Tomorrow (Saturday) brings free storytelling at the children’s library from Hastings’ own Ed Boxall, as well as free puppet shows by Pickled Image Theatre Company at Stade Hall, with Fireside Tales with Grandad.

On Sunday (November 16) there are free stories from noon until 4pm at The Stade, with Kathak dancing, clowning, drumming, a real-life size dragon, puppet shows, parade acrobatics and stories in a yurt.

Mandy Curtis, festival producer, said: “This weekend there are great opportunities to hear truly excellent storytelling around town and much of it is.

“Festival patron, the much-loved illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, has produced a unique special edition calendar exclusively for this year’s festival and signed copies are available from all events for £10 on a first-come-first-served basis.”

Sir Quentin is best known for bringing to life the characters in Roald Dahl’s children’s novels, including

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