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The National Literacy Trust and the Hastings Opportunity Area have established a Literacy Hub in Hastings, known locally as Get Hastings Reading.

Get Hastings Reading will help to develop a town of confident and ambitious young people with the literacy skills they need to succeed in life.

Over the course of the next ten years we will work in partnership with local schools, businesses and cultural organisations on a series of engaging events and opportunities that raise awareness of the importance of literacy and encourage the local community to help achieve this goal.

The Hub is part of the Opportunity Area programme launched by the government to improve social mobility and raise educational standards.

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The Lost Words Trail is here!

Can you find the lost words hidden around Hastings?

The Lost Words Trail is a great way to spend time with your family and have fun exploring Hastings. Complete the trail for the chance to win prizes!

Find out how to get involved!

Local Word Hunts


Drop Everything and Read

On Friday 12 July at 2pm, the people of Hastings stopped what they were doing and read for 10 minutes!

Don't stop now, grab a book, magazine, or newspaper and have your own Drop Everything and Read! Get reading and share your photos with us on social media #DEARHastings #GetHastingsReading

Find out how you can get involved and view our photo gallery!

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Kid Normal book launch comes to Hastings!

Pupils from across Hastings attended the exclusive launch of the latest book in the Kid Normal series by super-authors and stars of the BBC, Greg James and Chris Smith!

Children throughout the town were also invited to meet Greg and Chris at a book-signing event in the Hastings WHSmith store!

Find out more about the book launch.

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Hastings 100 Reads revealed

We have published a list of Hastings’ top 100 children’s books after being voted for by children and families across the town!

From David Williams to Enid Blyton - Hastings 100 Reads will inspire local children to both enjoy reading and to try a wider variety of books that have been recommended by their peers.

Find out more and download the list.

Become a Literacy Champion

We’re looking for volunteers across Hastings to champion literacy in their local communities. Anyone can be a Literacy Champion - you could be a parent, business professional, teacher, student, sports coach or just passionate about making a difference in Hastings.

Find out more.
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Get involved

  • Parents and carers

    Tips and activities to help you support your child’s literacy skills at all ages.

    Visit Words for Life.

  • Schools and settings

    Contact us to find out how your school or setting can get involved.

    Email us.

  • Businesses

    Use your business’ resources, reach and local knowledge to make a real impact.

    Pledge your support.