Cabaret Mechanical Theatre CIC have begun their automata-making workshops in schools as part of the 8 Ways to Connect festival schools engagement programme.
The A Town Explores A Book 2024 sketch assemblies are under way with the team’s musicians, Cai and Sam.
The team are eagerly awaiting news of funding for artists from Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities and heritage whom the festival are honoured to work with.
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.
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.
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.
The A Town Explores A Book ‘8 Ways to Connect’ schools engagement programme innovates PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) learning within literacy.
Active Arts community to explore a key moment from The Railway Children for ATEAB2024 pop-up museum
Hastings and Bexhill Mencap’s Active Arts service users plan to highlight key moments from The Railway Children in their festival pop-up museum adjacent to St Leonards Warrior Square Station
Our introductory school activity invites a whole school community to sketch as they listen to a member of the festival team announce the book choice and share core themes…
We are delighted to partner with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre in 2024 to offer automata-making workshops to primary school aged children as one of the ‘8 Ways to Connect’ schools engagement offer.
The festival team is delighted to announce that Southeastern Communities Rail partnership CIC will become one of two major project partners in the 2024 festival exploring book choice The Railway Children by E Nesbit.
Discover which 12 young writers are prize winners this year, with competition judges Yasmin Aishah and Maya Coombs reading the shortlisted entries
We invited schools to create their own bunting designs inspired by this year’s book. Explore this animated showcase of pupils’ work…
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 […]
Join us at Christ Church, St Leonards, for the launch of A Town Explores A book 2023! An evening of live music and conversation led by our early-career artist team
Artists Ruby Colley and Hannah Collisson have been working with students at local secondary schools to write new songs on the theme of adventure
A Town Explores A Book runs throughout the Spring school holiday. Here is a round-up of family activities during the festival!
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
The independent businesses in the town offer their perspectives on Mary Seacole’s book in a trail of window displays…
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
Pick up your hand-made festival passport and explore the creative businesses in Bohemia Creative Quarter, complete with activities and live music…
A free family event at The Clifton Centre bringing Mary Seacole’s words to life
An exhibition of work by the Active Arts community at The Clifton Centre, inspired by their exploration of the life of Mary Seacole
Zoom Arts collective explore the theme of challenge in Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands.
Two sound installations at Hattons Yard by artists Yasmin Aishah and Ruby Colley.
An exhibition by the Seaview community exploring Mary Seacole’s writing through masks
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!
A drop-in family print workshop at Little Mashers, inspired by the themes in Mary Seacole’s book.
Exploring news reportage and images from the first Crimean War. How did people feel about what was going on far away – how connected did they feel?
An immersive installation by Black Butterfly reimagining The British Hotel, the provisions store, canteen, and medical centre set up by Mary Seacole to serve soldiers in the Crimea
Two artist teams take Mary Seacole’s book on a creative journey. Join us for a film screening, live music, conversation and food inspired by Mary Seacole’s catering…
Join us at Four Courts Wellbeing Hub on the final weekend of the festival for live music, exhibitions, food and community!
A Town Explores A Book festival centres the voices of those who have experienced barriers to accessing heritage literature in traditional educational settings
One of the school engagement projects this March has been a brush stroke exploration. Water colourist Susan Miller has been working with 200 school children exploring Mary Seacole’s adventures through the adventure of putting brush to paper
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
#ATownExploresABook23 is inviting schools to create artwork inspired by this year’s book, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole, which we will print and display as bunting during the festival. Submit by 22 March!
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.
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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 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 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 […]
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.
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 […]
In 2022 ATownExploresABook hosted a programme of events, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to mark the 150th anniversary of Gensing Gardens.
Fri 1 – Mon 18 April – Art across the town This year’s outdoor art trail includes three installations in Gensing Gardens and work along the Station Path and in […]
Sat 2–Mon 18 April, 12–5pm: Searching for Kushti: 50 years of The Diddakoi A photographic exhibition by New Traveller, Jules Earl and Hungarian Roma, Béla Váradi, curated by Alexander Brattell. […]
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 […]