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A week of stories for adults & children

Fishy Tales 12–18 November 2012

Featuring: Quentin Blake Billy Childish James Campbell Joolz Denby Spud & Yam & more! Festival Patron: Quentin Blake


About Fishy Tales Hastings Storytelling Festival is a programme of events to celebrate the oral tradition of storytelling. It isn’t a ‘literary festival’ - the festival features original work by performers, designed to be spoken live, rather than written down or read from a page, where the performance of the work is as important as the work itself! of

The festival has been directed by 18 Hours Ltd to include a range different events at different locations, and introduce new storytelling to you. You can listen to stories in a cafe, restaurant, library, museums, outside, and even in a boat. Involving our patron Quentin Blake and following the success of last year’s festival, we’re doing it all again for a week in November 2012. You can even come along and meet Quentin yourself this year. We’re perhaps most excited that Billy Childish has agreed to come out of his ‘retirement’ to headline the Saturday evening performance aimed at adults who love stories. Finally, an afternoon of family festival entertainment will take place on the Stade to close the festival on Sunday.

Most events are FREE!

Special performances of Please look after me Tues 10am Red Lake Children’s Centre Breakfasts, great meals, snacks, home made cakes and more! Fully licensed, open 364 days a year Tel: 01424 447116 Facebook: eat @ hastings

Wed 10am The Bridge Community Centre Thurs 1.30pm Hastings Museum and Art Gallery For information regarding your local Centre please call 01424 726440/472650

Monday 12–Thursday 15 Special Children’s Centre performances Please look after me Jonathon and Rachel find a mysterious package when they return from shopping. What is it? Who sent it? The label reads “Please look after me.” It’s a puzzle. They will need your help to unwrap the package and discover the contents inside. Hastings Storytelling Festival is pleased to present a new commission supported by Hastings and St Leonards Children’s

Centres. Please look after me is a collaboration between two local artists: Jonathon Broughton, a writer and performer (Director: Fantastic Mr Fox at RSC) and Rachel Leonard, a puppeteer (War Horse). They have both worked at the world famous Little Angel Puppet Theatre in London. See the box on the left for performance details. Monday at 10am There is an additional performance of Where’s the Treasure? with Sue Bodkin at East Hastings Children’s Centre

Thursday 15 4–5pm

Stories & puppets Sue Bodkin, a local storyteller, presents her charming tale which she animates with handmade puppets, Where’s the Treasure? Venue: Children’s Library



Quentin Blake book signing The muchloved illustrator whose scratchy ink sketches bring to life the characters of Roald Dahl’s children’s books. Venue: Waterstones, Priory Meadow Shopping Centre FREE


Storytelling symposium Performance from award-winning novelist, poet, spoken-word artist and illustrator Joolz Denby. Her novel ‘Stone Baby’ won her the CWA award for New Crime Writer of the Year, while ‘Billie Morgan’ saw her shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Professor Deborah Philips talks about Treasure Island, introduced by Dr Irralie Doel. Venue: University of Brighton in Hastings, Priory Square, FREE Priory Street TN34 1EA Refreshments supplied by University of Brighton Student Union

Friday 16

Saturday 17 10am–1.30pm

Dancing stories


Teatime stories

Sleeping Trees, a youthful, vibrant trio, rely on wit and humour, rather than props, to tell a familiar tale ‘Not Treasure Island’…in a new and very entertaining way, (Cake available!) Venue: Eat@, The Stade FREE From 8pm

Italian Feast with stories

A popular storyteller in a popular restaurant. This one sold out last year: Jamie Crawford tells captivating stories whilst you dine… Price: £20 including a 3-course meal Tickets from Italian Way, Hastings Tel: 01424 435955 Venue: The Italian Way

Creative development workshops for storytellers, teachers, dancers and anyone else wishing to combine storytelling and dance into their work. Workshops with Sujata Banerjee (‘Kathak’ dance and Indian storytelling) and Landing Mané (Senegalese ‘Griot’ or storyteller and lead dancer on BBC1 Strictly African Dance). Places are limited, please arrive early. The workshop will be followed by a short performance at 1pm. Venue: Stade Hall

Saturday evening: Doors at 7.30pm Grown up stories evening with

Billy Childish 11am, 12pm & 1pm

Stories at the theatre A cast member from the forthcoming Christmas Panto, Peter Pan, brings to life pieces of this magical story. Venue: White Rock Theatre 2–3pm

Please look after me Jonathan Broughton (storyteller) and Rachel Leonard (puppeteer) find a mysterious package when they return from shopping. What is it? Who sent it? The label reads “Please Look After Me.” It’s a puzzle. They will need your help to unwrap the package and discover the contents inside. Venue: Fisherman’s Museum

We’re very excited to announce a rare spoken-word performance from anarchic creative whirlwind, Billy Childish!

PLUS Idolrich Theatre present ‘The Model’, following a six foot mannequin on her journey through the world of fashion to iconic celebrity. Film video and puppetry combine in this resonant theatre experience, with contributions from Jean Shrimpton. Venue: St Mary in the Castle Price: £10 tickets from Hastings Information Centre at the Town Hall or from

Sunday 18 12–4pm

Billy Chil dis

Stories at the Stade


Featuring a shoal of shimmering tales from James Campbell – seen regularly on TV as the UK’s only children’s comedian! Plus Spud and Yam (extremely popular Irish and Caribbean storytellers incorporating sing-a-long songs)…

Visit Richard Storybeard inside his yurt, and exciting performance from Circo Rum Ba Ba with their walkabout tale of the Seal and Marina Mudflat. Pirates from the Peter Pan pantomime at the White Rock Theatre will be giving away flags and pirate hats.


There’s also a chance to get hands-on with some making workshops as part of the launch of the Herring Fair on 23–25 November. Yes, it’s outdoors, yes, it’s November… BUT there is a wet weather plan, so don’t let a bit of rain keep you away from this delightful fishy story-fest. Venue: The Stade

Look out for us!

Events Festivals Research Education Training

Thu 15 Where’s the Treasure? Puppet show by Sue Bodkin Hastings Children’s Library

FREE 4–5pm

Thu 15 Quentin Blake book signing Waterstone’s Bookshop

FREE 4–6pm

Thu 15 Storytelling Symposium with Joolz Denby & others University of Brighton in Hastings, Priory Square

FREE 6–9pm

Fri 16

Teatime stories: Not Treasure Island by Sleeping Trees Eat@ the Stade café

FREE 4–6pm

Fri 16

Italian Feast with stories: Jamie Crawford Stories and delicious food at Italian Way

£20 inc. meal From 8pm

Sat 17 Dancing stories: Sujata Banerjee & Landing Mane FREE Workshop for teachers, dancers & storytellers 10am–1.30pm Sat 17 Stories at the Theatre: meet the Peter Pan pantomime crew FREE White Rock Theatre 11am, 12pm and 1pm Sat 17 Please look after me: stories at Fisherman’s Museum  2–3pm FREE Sat 17 BILLY CHILDISH & The Model: St Mary in the Castle £10 Our headliner evening for grown-ups Doors open 7.30pm Sun 18 Stories at the Stade  An outdoor festival for everyone




FREE 12–4pm


Schedule at a glance

Schedule may be subject to change

Fishy Tales  

A guide to Hastings Storytelling Festival 2012 Running from 12-18 November at venues around Hastings Old Town Features Quentin Blake, Billy...

Fishy Tales  

A guide to Hastings Storytelling Festival 2012 Running from 12-18 November at venues around Hastings Old Town Features Quentin Blake, Billy...