There are some interesting events taking place in Hastings over the next couple of weeks - frustratingly I won't be able to go to any of them. This weekend sees the first Ingrid Pitt Queen of Horror Festival (I think this is the official site). There are some impressive guests including James Herbert, who I have to confess was a writer I read far too much as a teenager and the gorgeous Madeline Smith.
Less well publicised is the Black Huts Festival run by a local publisher and featuring Iain Sinclair who remains one of my favourite writers, many of his chums will be there as well. I sometimes feel that there are too many events down here, but the most irritating thing is that the few I really want to go to nearly always take place when I have other commitments.
Roland Collins, Artist
9 hours ago