Storytelling festival is to return with new tales

Hastings Storytelling Festival returns next month to celebrate tales old and new.

The event, now in its fourth year, focuses on performance, with original tales told through spoken word, poetry, puppetry, song and movement.

This year’s programme will be brimming with diverse stories at locations across Hastings and St Leonards.

Mandy Curtis, whose company, 18 Hours, produces the event for the Hastings Storytelling Festival Organisation, told the

The festival, which takes place from November 10 to 16, has tales for all ages.

Mandy said: “There are stories indoors and out. Stories for children, stories for adults, stories to make you laugh and cry, your jaw drop, your mind boggle, your heart pound and your knees quiver. Wherever possible we have kept prices extremely low, or free, especially for family and children’s events.

We’ve got a brilliant list of stories this year from some exciting new storytellers, alongside some old favourites.”

Highlights this year include the Velvet Curtain (adult only burlesque storytelling), a talk by Iain Sinclair, Goddess Tales from Xanthia Gresham, Fireside Tales with Grandad from Pickled Image Theatre Company and concluding, as always, with Children’s Festival Day down at The Stade.

Dick Edwards, chairman of the festival, said: “These days we are used to experiencing stories through a screen.

The idea behind the festival is to bring the magic of the spoken word to diverse audiences across the town.”

For more information about the festival visit: to see the full programme.