Visions of Hastings anthology

How many things can one town be?


Escape route from London ... pirates' hideout ... birthplace of television ... where I first saw The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Status Quo ... holiday heaven ... dole-on-sea ... wartime frontline ... language school ... first port of call for tourists, students, asylum seekers ... cantankerous backwater ... cutting edge innovators ... meeting place of magicians, Morris sides and chess grandmasters ... seed-bed of artists, writers, musicians and inventors ... happy memories ... quiet retirement ... mods and rockers ... fancy diving ... fish & chips ... carnival ... ghosts, graphic design and modern art


.... It depends how many people you ask!


memories, opinions, stories and pictures

about Hastings, by the people of Hastings including....


Joyce Brewer, Mary Horsfield, Angela Davis, Ron Nicola, Kristina Thurlow, Joe Fearn, Vera Vickers, Peter Saunders, Kay McMullen, Stanley John Arber, Stephanie Morris, Karen Clow, D A Green, Carol Ridge, Rachel Marsh, Patricia Halsey, D E Valentine, Christine Barry, Christine Hayward, Victoria Climpson, Nola McSweeney, Richard Pitcairn-Knowles, Kevin Boorman, Don E Valentine, Juliette Dodd, Pasha Milburn, Alison Hill, Katherine Reekie, Tom O'Brien and Jamie Ellis.



The anthology was launched at Hastings Town Hall on 9th October 2010, as part of Books Born in Hastings, our annual exhibition and sale of local books and artwork.


Earlyworks Press Visions of Hastings cover pic

Rumours of the death of Hastings Pier have been greatly exaggerated



 Hastings Pier fire - a bingo ticket amongst the debris

Charred Bingo ticket spotted in the debris after the fire. Photo Peter Blomfield 2010.


The launch was an extra special event because it fell in the week that Hastings Pier burned, and the people of Hastings rallied to support the rebuilding. The anthology includes a piece entitled 'Pier Memories' by Angela Davis, trustee of the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust. Earlyworks Press are proud to announce that the anthology will be on sale at The Pier Shop on the seafront, and proceeds of sales there will be going into the fund to rebuild the pier.

You can order 'Visions of Hastings', from your local library, or buy your own copy from 

 independent bookshops or direct from the publisher by using the Paypal button below.


Published by Earlyworks Press ISBN 978 1 906451 26 4

9.99 + 2.50 p&p to UK addresses = 12.49



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