The World of the Book in Miniature

Cabaret Mechanical Theatre CIC have begun their automata-making workshops in schools as part of the 8 Ways to Connect festival schools engagement programme.

Funding for Four Courts Community

A Town Explores A Book is a reader-led festival. We are excited that #MakingItHappen funding has been granted through Hastings Voluntary Action for the Four Courts high rise neighbourhood to take part in the festival.

Marking the Centenary of Author E. Nesbit’s Death

The St Leonards-on-Sea’s community and festival visitors are exploring E. Nesbit’s I905 book and have a number of editions of “The Railway Children” to choose from. The festival book choice for 2024 was published in I905 and has remained in print.

Researching Steam Trains

Three trains sped core team members from St Leonards-on-Sea to the National Railway Museum at York and back for a research day in December.

Schools Bunting Gallery

School Bunting Gallery COMING SOON This space will be updated to display all the artwork produced by young artists participating in our bunting activity inspired by Wonderful Adventures of Mrs […]

Outdoor Art Trail

Explore the art trail to explore the book! The outdoor art in the open spaces of St Leonards-on-Sea invites you outside for multiple visits to consider what this heritage book means to you

Shop Window Displays

The independent businesses in the town offer their perspectives on Mary Seacole’s book in a trail of window displays…

Workshop: Make a porcelain boat

Make a boat in porcelain to hang in your home with Liz Emtage of Pelham’s, in Kings Road. The workshops run over two afternoons

Bohemia Creative Quarter Sunday

Pick up your hand-made festival passport and explore the creative businesses in Bohemia Creative Quarter, complete with activities and live music…

Kings Road Street Party

Fun for all the family this Easter Sunday, 11am-3pm on Kings Road, St Leonards, feat. dog show, family workshops, games, live music & poetry stage. Don’t miss it!

Four Courts Festival Weekend

Join us at Four Courts Wellbeing Hub on the final weekend of the festival for live music, exhibitions, food and community!

Creative writing competition deadline extended!

School communities have asked for an extension to this year’s creative writing competition for 5-14 year olds in order to set this activity as a holiday project! The new deadline is 28 April

Planning Underway for April Community Events

A Town Explores A Book is all about community, and planning is already underway for two big events in April that come under the festival banner, and will bring together lots of independent local businesses.

Press Kit

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14–18 April 2022: Earthed An experiential theatre performance: a promenade theatre performance exploring two women’s magical childhood hideouts.  Running over the final Easter weekend, Thursday 14–Monday 18 April, performers Yasmin […]

The Diddakoi Zine

The Diddakoi Zine The festival mentee team include artists of Romany and mixed race heritage. Their zine, created by Esme Fisher and supported through Artist Digital fringe funding that Esme […]

1–18 April: disPLACED exhibition

1–18 April: disPLACED exhibition Southwater Area Community Centre,1 and 2 Stainsby Street TN37 6LA,Entrance on the railway side of the building, free. Curator Nick Hill has steered a focus on […]

#ATEAB23 Crowdfunder a Great Success Raising Over £7,000!

The festival community showed up and and showed overwhelming support for #ATownExploresABook23 and our aim to offer creative workshops and activities to thousands of school-age children. As the Crowdfunder closed on 25th October, our total had reached £7,607.

1-18 April 2023, #MarySeacole

Introducing the book choice for A Town Explores A Book 2023 The book choice for #ATownExploresABook23 is Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands, a travel writing book by nineteenth-century adventurer Mary […]

Gensing Gardens

In 2022 ATownExploresABook hosted a programme of events, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to mark the 150th anniversary of Gensing Gardens.

Become a Mentee

Joining the #ATownExploresABook festival mentoring programme Our mentoring programme funds early career artists to experience festival planning and delivery by working alongside the #ATownExploresABook artists on projects. The scheme supports […]