A day and night of literature and lyrics

A CELEBRATION of literature and lyrics saw Hastings Arts Forum brimming with creativity.

The World Book Night event on Tuesday (April 23) featured performances throughout the day from poets and musicians of all ages, both local and from further afield.

Event organiser Sara Young

Event organiser Sara Young

Performers at the arts forum, in Marina, St Leonards, included young people from St Leonards-based Respond Academy, there were also sets from performance poets Jack Clementines and Caitlin Hayward-Tapp, who had both made the trip from Brighton, and ending the evening on a high, The Lockup Quartet led by Julian Humphries, took the gallery by storm.

A writers workshop was run during the afternoon by Amanda Giles, which inspired Caitlin Hayward-Tapp to write a poem that she performed later in the evening.

There was a special guest in the form of Harriet Harman, deputy leader of the Labour Party (and shadow secretary of state for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport), who was impressed by the young performers from Respond Academy.

Alongside all the entertainment there was a large selection of books free for the taking during the course of the day.

Organiser Sara Young said: “A huge thank you to everyone who performed - you were all fantastic.

“Thanks to everyone who came to support the event and was so positive about it, and thanks to Hastings Arts Forum for letting me take over the space for the day.”

The event also aimed to raise awareness of charity The Association of Carers, which provides support to family carers across Hastings and Rother.