Black Huts Festival starts next month

A NEW festival of writing, poetry and film featuring a selection of high-profile contributors is to take place in and around the Old Town.

Black Huts Festival is presented by Etruscan Books, and will run from November 2 to 4.

Venues include The Beacon, below St Mary’s Terrace, on the West Hill, the Jerwood Projection Space, at The Stade, and Electric Palace Cinema, in High Street.

On Friday, November 2, at 7.30pm, will be Gunslinger! at The Beacon.

This is a gala opening of live poetry readings and rare film screening in honour of American poet Ed Dorn (1929-1999).

Iain Sinclair & Chris Petit will present their film Asylum, and speak about their time working with Ed Dorn in 1999, as well as showing rare footage of Dorn´s late readings.

Stuart Montgomery, Iain Sinclair, John Hall & Nicholas Johnson will also read short excerpts from Dorn´s writings.

On Saturday, November 3, at the Jerwood Projection Space at 3pm, two film makers , Nichola Bruce and Roland Jarvis interact with two poets, John Hall and Nicholas Johnson, who choose at random from their works, responding to the short film they have just seen .

At 8pm at Electric Palace Cinema, poetry readings by Stuart Montgomery and John Daniel, will be followed by a rare screening of a film by Timothy Neat, Play Me Something.

On Sunday, November 4, at 3pm will be Beyond Bardo, special readings and screenings by Maya Evans, AK Benedict, and Ken Edwards, three Hastings writers, at Electric Palace Cinema.

Then at 8pm at the same venue will be short films and readings by Brian Catling, Rebecca E Marshall and Andrew Kötting.

Tickets for all events taking place as part of the festival are £6 or £5 concessions, available online at,, or

The cinema opens 45 minutes before the start of each screening.

The capacity of the space at the Jerwood Gallery is 40.

Some tickets may be available on the door, but advanced booked is advised to avoid disappointment.

The festival is supported by Hastings Borough Council.