Explore our #ATownExploresABook23 online festival resources. Personal insights from our diverse team!

Video Resources

This reader-led festival invites your personal responses to this heritage book.
Members of the team share insights to get you started!

What Are Books to us?

Gail Borrow introduces A Town Explores A Book festival, which is now entering its 7th year and is an annual exploration of a heritage book.

A Woman of Total Strength

Tola Dabiri shares why she believes Mary Seacole remains a great role model for us all, and and example of overcoming adversity in pursuit of a goal.

There are many Ways to Explore Mary’s Book

Jac Holt shares their history with reading and of exploring books and stories in many different ways.

Explore with your critical eye

Ray Manning encourages readers to approach Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole with a critical eye, as her relationship with her own race is not straightforward.

Three Anniversaries

Etienne Cutmore-Kourouma introduces the three important anniversaries that are connected to our 2023 book choice Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands.

Make Your Bunting!

Tola Dabiri invites you to think about what Mary Seacole means to you, and to decorate a triangle of bunting for our festival installation in Gensing Gardens, which will also feature interactive musical instruments.

Creative Writing Competition

Our #ATownExploresABook23 creative writing competition is open to aspiring young writers aged 5-14. Find out more from the festival team, including ambassadors Melisande and Susan, before entering HERE

Schools Launch Event

Festival schools engagement launch event: 22nd February 2023, 4pm and 5.30pm

8 ways for schools to connect with the festival

Presentation, workshops, catering in two time slots. A turn up event.
Schools are invited to bring a staff team to find out how to engage with the festival and how to explore the book across the curriculum.
In collaboration with Hastings Thrives, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Mary Seacole Trust and National Literacy Trust Hub in Hastings

Creative Writing Competition

Festival creative writing competition for KS1, KS2, KS3

A Hastings Museum and Art Gallery collaboration. Prizes donated by Hastings Thrives and National Literacy Trust Hub in Hastings

Visual Inspiration

Artists Robin Elliott-Knowles, Maya Ramnarine and Peter Quinnell share visual responses to Mary Seacole’s writing.
Explore Mary Seacole’s journey across the globe and through her life:

Book Quotes

Mary Seacole’s book reflects her nineteenth century world: