The HOA has supported the National Literacy Trust to set up ‘Get Hastings Reading’, a campaign working with local businesses, schools, colleges, community and cultural organisations to run a wide range of events and initiatives across the town. Since January 2019 the campaign has delivered the following activity:

Launch Event

Local performance poet Lucas Howard toured primary schools (below) giving writing workshops to 150 children, 800 free books were gifted to pupils and school libraries, 14 schools received assemblies with story-tellers and speakers, and the Rt Hon Amber Rudd spoke at an event with local partners.


Hastings 100 Reads

Get Hastings Reading reached out to hundreds of people in Hastings to collate a list of ‘100 reads’ – the most loved children’s books in the town, promoted throughout the town.

Greg James and Chris Smith launch their new Kid Normal book in Hastings

BBC Radio 1 super stars Greg James and Chris Smith treated nearly 600 pupils from 15 Hastings primary schools to a high energy interactive performance launching their new book ‘Kid Normal and the Shadow Machine’.

Literacy Champions

An ongoing programme recruiting volunteers to deliver activities in schools and communities.

The Lost Words Trail

The Lost Words Trail is a free interactive treasure hunt running from May – August 2019, where families search for nature-themed words around Hastings’ seafront, take part in literacy activities and can enter a prize draw.