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Black Huts Festival

Back for a fifth year from Wednesday 26 - 30 October

Describing itself as a ‘festival of writing, music and film’, the Black Huts is now in its fifth year.  It was created by poet and publisher Nicholas Johnson and has become the place to discover, and re-discover, some of the great UK artists who can often be found working in the margins. It takes place at The Beacon, on the West Hill, and the Electric Palace cinema, in the Old Town, Hastings.

  • Wednesday 26 October - Winstanley
  • Thursday 27 October - Return to Life, The Day of the Mountain
  • Thursday 27 October - The Sixth Finger Which the Other Ten Obey
  • Sunday 30 October - The Midnight Drives
  • Sunday 30 October - Hamish (The Freedom Come All Ye)
  • Sunday 30 October - The Evening is Growing Dim (Alasdair Roberts live in concert)

All at the Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings Old Town

Friday 28 October 7.30pm - The Beacon, 67-68 St Mary's Terrace, Hastngs - £8/£7

Winter Migrants: Poetry Performance with Maggie O'Sulllivan, John James, Tom Pickard and Nichols Johnson

Saturday 29 October 2pm - The Beacon, 67-68 St Mary's Terrace, Hastngs - £8/£7

Doors open at 12noon for lunch menu

Shall we/& why not?   In 2002 the film-maker Colin Still filmed the American poet Robert Creeley.  Following these sessions in Maine, Still filmed interviews with diverse associates of Creeley: from his Black Mountain days, Vincent Ferrini, Basil King and John Chamberlain; and poets such as Michael McClure, Charles Bernstein and Susan Howe. This forms the basis of Shall we/& why not?, to be screened, as work in progress, at Black Huts.

Saturday 29 October 7.30pm - The Beacon, 67-68 St Mary's Terrace, Hastngs - £8/£7

Descant on Rawthey's Madrigal - an evening of poetry, film and music in honour of Northumbrian poet Basil Bunting.

Maggie O’Sullivan, John James, Grasscut Tom Pickard and Nicholas Johnson Maggie O’Sullivan and Nicholas Johnson open a performance inspired by poet Basil Bunting. John James heard Bunting read Briggflatts in draft form in 1965 in Michael Shayer’s flat in Worcester. Circe is a poem, a good one, very much alive, wrote Basil Bunting on Stuart Montgomery’s Circe. At 20 Tom Pickard published The Spoils in the Morden Tower Book Room. Stuart and Deidre Montgomery were Bunting’s publishers at Fulcrum. 1 inch ½ mile,  Grasscut’s debut, wove Bunting’s reading voice into their music.

Saturday 29 October 9.30pm - The Beacon, 67-68 St Mary's Terrace, Hastngs - £10/£8

Grasscut: a Concert in Honour of Basil Bunting

  • Tickets are available from Hastings Tourist Information Centre, Cobblers in Hastings Old Town, Music’s not Dead in Bexhill, and from the Beacon and the Electric Palace venues.   Visit the Black Huts website


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