Get Hastings Reading

‘Read Your Way’ is a project to encourage reading among children and young people in Hastings. ‘Read Your Way’ is part of the Get Hastings Reading campaign from Hastings Opportunity Area. The project is delivered by a consortium of partners, led by Education Futures Trust.


October 2019: HASTINGS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

Storytelling events for ‘Read Your Way’

Supported by the Hastings Opportunity Area, one of the first events for the Read Your Way project was a puppet show at Churchwood Primary School as part of Hastings Storytelling Festival.

In October, around 60 key stage one children were treated to a puppet show from Theatre Fideri, called Oskar’s Amazing Adventure.

The show tells the story of an exciting day in the life of a mischievous puppy dog in the Swiss mountains. It is based on a book by Colin Granger. The show was attended by the author himself, who gave each class a copy of the original book.

‘It’s great that the children have watched the show live and can read the story again in their classroom’, said Mandy Curtis who produces Hastings Storytelling Festival.

Teacher at Churchwood School, Laura Klein, said ‘Everybody loved the performance – thank you so much for this opportunity!’

Another event funded by ‘Read Your Way’ as part of Hastings Storytelling Festival saw Hollington lit up by a giant audio-visual installation, called ‘Talking Heads’, by Impossible Theatre. Passing residents had their faces scanned and displayed on giant screens, with well-known phrases from books, poems, songs, theatre, film and musicals coming from their mouths.

At the Children’s Storytelling Festival Day on Sunday 6 October, Georgina Kane from Educations Futures Trust told stories from her gazebo and gave away lots of free books to local children.


AUGUST 2019: BIG LOCAL FESTIVAL

Book Giveaway at Big Local Festival

Children attending Big Local’s free community festival on Saturday 17th August at The Bridge Community Centre enjoyed puppet shows, face painting and street theatre. There was also storytelling in a tipi in the garden, from Georgina Kane of Education Futures Trust as part of the Read Your Way project from Get Hastings Reading (supported by Hastings Opportunity Area). At the event, Georgina gave away lots of free books to happy youngsters! The event was produced by 18 Hours Events for Big Local North East Hastings.


August 2019: 18 HOURS JOINS ‘READ YOUR WAY’

New partnership will encourage Hastings to ‘Read Your Way’

In 2019 18 Hours became a partner in a project to encourage reading among children and young people in Hastings. ‘Read Your Way’ is part of the Get Hastings Reading campaign from Hastings Opportunity Area

The campaign will see events and reading facilities pop up around the town over the next year, all with one goal – to get young people excited about the pleasure and creativity that reading can unlock.

Read Your Way will make donations of over 10,000 books to children across Hastings in coming months as well as setting up accessible public reading areas around town.

Read Your Way is led by the Education Futures Trust and a consortium of partners including Culture Shift, FSN, 18 Hours, Hastings Storytelling Festival and the National Social Marketing Centre

For more information, visit https://www.educationfuturestrust.org/get-hastings-reading/