Winter events in East Sussex libraries

smiling man holding a box of veg in front of boxes of fruit and vegA PROGRAMME of free winter events is taking place in libraries across the county over the coming weeks.

People can be assured of a friendly welcome at East Sussex libraries with fun events for adults and children running throughout December and January.

Events include author talks, festive crafts and activities as well as storytelling experiences.

On Thursday, December 14, people can make a showstopper festive table centrepiece at an adult Christmas craft event at Hastings Library, while a mindful craft session at Crowborough Library on Tuesday, December 19 offers an escape from the stress of the festive season.

On Saturday, December 16, storyteller John Kirk will be hosting Christmas storytelling experiences at Newhaven and Peacehaven libraries as scavenging and storytelling collide in 40 minutes of festive family fun.

Seasonal drop-in craft sessions for families and festive Rhymetimes are being held at libraries across the county throughout December including Battle, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Lewes, Seaford and Uckfield.

Football and social history author Daniel Gray will be discussing his book, ‘The silence of the stands: finding the joy in football’s lost season’, which was longlisted for the 2023 Sports Book of the Year Award, at Hastings Library on Thursday, January 11.

Daniel will also talk about his new book, ‘Food of the Cods: how fish and chips made Britain’, which ponders the magic of the chip shop and the social history of fish and chips.

On Saturday, January 27 celebrate Veganuary with social media phenomenon, writer and cook Richard Makin at Crowborough and Hastings libraries.

The ‘School Night Vegan’ will be talking about his widely acclaimed book, ‘Anything You Can Cook, I Can Cook Vegan’ as well as answering questions and discussing his favourite recipes.

Also on January 27, Lewes Library, in association with Lewes Literary Society, will host writer, illustrator and cartoonist Chris Riddell in a celebration of the well-loved illustrator Raymond Briggs. At the event Chris will share anecdotes about being a student under Raymond and how he influenced his career.

Cllr Claire Dowling, lead member for transport and environment at East Sussex County Council, said: “If you’re looking for free, friendly and fun things to do this winter, look no further than your local library.

“With festive events for all ages and a variety of author talks to welcome in the new year, there really is something for everyone.

“And don’t forget if you are unable to visit our libraries in person, you can access fascinating reading and listening materials at the click of a button through our extensive online library.”

Events are free but booking may be required. For more information on the events taking place over the coming weeks and to book a place, visit the Events section on

East Sussex library members can access a wide range of e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines online at