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Hello everyone

It’s been several months since we’ve been in touch and we want you all to know we’re still here, and that we are still hoping to be able to resume our in person meetings when it becomes possible.

In the meantime here is some news about a series of events as part of Goddess Festival that is being arranged by Xanthe Gresham – some of you will know her from LunarSea in Brighton, others from the performances she has given at our club in the past, the last of which was about the goddess Brigit. I (Umi Sinha) will be taking part in the March event, on the theme of Migration and the Mother, both of which are also themes in my writing.

This poster below is for this month’s event and here’s the link for booking:
You can also book for the rest of the series of events on that page.

Please scroll down this email for more news about the Hillcrest Centre, which has been our home for the last 13 years and we hope will continue to be for the indefinite future.

 I’m sure you’ll all be pleased to hear that, thanks to the hard work done by both trustees and staff, and some generous funders, the Hillcrest Centre is managing to stay afloat and has been providing valuable services during lock down. The trustees (of whom I am one) have taken all possible precautions including installing screens, hand sanitisers, a one way system, and regular deep cleaning. The cafe has been making and delivering nutritious meals to people isolating at home, CTLA (Community Transport) in the basement, has been providing transport to people needing to attend hospital and other essential appointments, and Kimmi’s Nursery has been providing care for the children of key workers. We also have one or two support groups meeting under the current regulations. So as soon as we are allowed to safely resume in a viable way we will be able to return to the Hillcrest.

In the meantime, a few members of the committee have resumed meeting on Zoom every few weeks to exchange and work on our storytelling. If anyone would like to join us to try telling a story for the first time and get some tips, or to practice a story, or just generally brush up your skills, do get in touch. My email is: umisinha.writing[at] (Please replace the [at] with an @ symbol when copying into your browser.)

And watch out for a new project coming in September 2021, in which our GuestHouse committee member, and local professional storyteller, Jamie Crawford will be participating. TWO PAIRS OF EYES – A GHOST STORY FOR NEWHAVEN. The project – run by Sara Clifford’s company, Inroads, which created large scale participatory shows like The Port, The Beast and the Traveller, Our Dancing Feet, The Tribunal, and Home Fires – has now collected over 40 stories from from people in and around Newhaven, ranging from the drummer boy heard at the Fort to a ghostly nun on the site of the old convent.

And here’s the full programme of the Goddess Lounge, and, below that, some links to other online storytelling events in the area.
Our Facebook page has lots of performances, information about courses and other interesting resources regularly posted on it. You can also use it to keep in touch with other club members or storytellers and their performances:

Also do check out:
LunarSea’s next storytelling performance

Southdowns Storytellers in Lewes

Strange Times Online Storytelling Club

And our website where we will have all the latest news



Café opens 6.30pm. Stories  7.30 – 9.30pm

£7 in advance, £9 on the door

Age 12+

Bay Vue Rd, Newhaven BN9 9LH
Free parking. Disabled access.

Cafe opens at 6.30 pm Stories from 7.30 £5 on the door. Age 12+

You’ll find more information about these and other storytelling events on our Facebook page:

If you’ve enjoyed a show please leave a review on our website: