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Illustrator Laura Hughes helps Hastings get hunting for treasure this summer!

24 Jul 2020

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Local author Laura Hughes develops a special Hastings treasure map following the launch of her latest picture book, ‘We’re Going on a Treasure Hunt’, with Bloomsbury Publishing.

Our National Literacy Trust Hub in Hastings, supported by Bloomsbury Publishing, has collaborated with local author and illustrator Laura Hughes to inspire children to explore their home town with the creation of a special Hastings treasure map.

The treasure map takes inspiration from Hughes’s new We’re Going on a Treasure Hunt children’s book, written with Martha Mumford, about four bunnies on a pirate adventure, the latest in her best-selling “bunnies” series with Bloomsbury Publishing.

Hughes designed the bespoke map exclusively for the Hub's Facebook page, where families will be able to enjoy the beautiful drawing and get exploring. It includes Hastings landmarks like the promenade, beach and West Hill.

Treasure hunt challenge!

Throughout the summer, children aged 4 to 8 are also being encouraged to take inspiration from Laura's map and submit their own map of Hastings on Facebook.

The challenge will run until Friday 21 August and Bloomsbury is offering all four picture books in Laura Hughes’s “bunnies” series as a prize for one lucky local entrant!* Families can submit their maps on Facebook or by email to with their child's name, age and school.

Download Laura's map below for inspiration and see if you can spot the treasure chest and coins on her map too! Watch Laura's video below to see how she made her map.

Laura Hughes treasure map.jpg Download the map image

“I moved to Hastings earlier this year and fell in love with its special history. It’s wonderful to collaborate with the National Literacy Trust on this Facebook competition and encourage children and their families to see all the hidden treasures of our home town.”

Laura Hughes, illustrator of We’re Going on a Treasure Hunt with Bloomsbury Publishing

Watch Laura make her treasure map

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The National Literacy Trust Hub in Hastings and Bloomsbury Publishing launched a three-year partnership last summer to inspire a love of reading in the town, raise the aspirations of primary school children, and help adults with literacy challenges to access the support they need to improve their own literacy skills.

*Ts and Cs apply.

Find out more about the Hastings Literacy Hub
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