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Hastings Independent Press HIPCAST is a podcast offering local news, features, events information, interviews as well as music, poetry and spoken word from the local community.

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HIPcast 170
HIPcast is back! In episode 170* Jasmine Tutton, the new Listings Editor, shares what it is like to join the HIP team; Fiona McGarry, Arts Editor, shares a favourite article from HIP 168; Rod Webb, Community Editor talks about urban exploration from the current edition; Helen Drake, Features Editor, reflects on current contributions from our youngest and oldest writers; Garry James, Social Media Editor, tells us about how you can subscribe to the new HIP Newsletter and Tom Bruges plays us out with 'Tango en Skai' by Roland Dyens. Hopefully something for everyone!  (*No you haven't missed a huge number of podcasts since the last one, it's just that we have decided to match the number to the current edition of the paper.) 
February 18, 2021
Ian Wood - Arts Special HIP Podcast
In this special arts podcast from Mia. L talks to the accomplished photographer and writer Ian Wood, about his exhibition Great Apes (17th of October-24th of December 2020), as featured at The Lucy Bell Gallery, in St Leonards-on-Sea. Ian Wood  draws much of his inspiration from wildlife and the natural world, whilst also helping to raise essential funds, for a number of related charities, such as The Jane Goodall Institute. Widely published and highly regarded for his many creative endeavours, Ian also runs a series of holidays throughout the year, to various exotic locations, giving people the opportunity to experience animals, such as orangutans, in their own habitats, on a personal level. In addition to this, Ian Wood talks passionately about the destruction of the environment and how we can all play our part in conserving it, be that on a local or more global scale. You can find out more about Ian Wood’s extensive body of work via his official  See for information about forthcoming shows & events
December 18, 2020
HIPCast Arts Special - Jaye Ho
Arts section writer Mia. L talks to the acclaimed artist Jaye Ho, about her latest exhibition The Vanishing Act (running from the 6th of October-22nd of November 2020), as hosted by The Onca Gallery in Brighton. Born in Oxford to Singaporean and Malaysian parents, Jaye discusses her career as a mixed media artist, alongside her role working within the Human Rights sector, of the U.K Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Jaye's exhibition The Vanishing Act encompasses many vital themes including gender discrimination, sexual violence and the hidden atrocities of war, from both a personal and socio-political perspective. Widely exhibited, with work highly regarded both nationally and internationally, Hastings-based artist Jaye Ho is truly a woman of our times. Please refer to Jaye Ho's website for further insight into her The Vanishing Act (running from the 6th of October-22nd of November 2020) can be viewed online, as well as via a specially curated window display at The Onca Gallery, Brighton. Please refer to the gallery website for more
October 29, 2020
HIPCAST - Nature Notes with Andrew Colquhoun of FHCPNR
Andrew Colquhoun of the Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve reflects back over the pleasures nature provides during the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing his early morning walks. Enjoy reflecting on this evocative reflection he paints of the joys of nature in the park that is just on our doorstep. Perhaps one aspect of a dreadful pandemic is the “golden gift of time, to be as well as to do.”
September 27, 2020
HIPcast: Nature Notes with Stephanie
In this edition of Nature Notes, Stephanie Donaldson from the Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve, discusses some of the more unusual and interesting plants to be found there at this time of the year.  In case the name is unfamiliar, 'the ghylls' that she refers to are the seasonal streams running down the glens. If you are going to follow her plant guide on your own walks in the Park, do make sure you follow her advice about observing the hemlock water dropwort from a distance - it's very poisonous! Enjoy! 
August 13, 2020
HIPCAST - Nature Notes
Here's another Nature Notes for you. This time Stephanie Donaldson from the Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve tells us about some of the more unusual and interesting plants to be found there at this time of the year among the ghylls - the seasonal streams running down the glens.  If you are going to follow her plant guide on your own walks in the Park, do make sure you follow her advice about observing the hemlock water dropwort from a distance - it's very poisonous.
July 31, 2020
Shelton Arts Special- HIP Podcast with Co-Arts Editor Mia .L
Co-Arts Editor Mia .L talks to acclaimed photographer Syd Shelton, about his work and involvment in the ‘Rock Against Racism’ movement of the late 1970's-early 80's, as well as his subsequent career in the years that followed,to the present day, amidst the uncertainty of lockdown and Covid-19. A selection of Syd Shelton’s work is currently featured in the ‘Days of Rock ’ exhibition, at The Lucy Bell Gallery,in St Leonards.The show runs until the 29th of August 2020. Please refer to the gallery website for further details-www.lucy-bell.comYou can view more of Syd Shelton’s work via his official
July 24, 2020
HIPCast - Episode 7
In this episode we speak to Maya Coombs and Tatenda Michael about the Town Explores A Book Festival events as the town reopens.  We hear from Caroline Russell from Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve and the wonders occurring in her back garden. There is news on pubs, print and parking as well as music from Joe Gallestegui and Katie Wren.
June 23, 2020
Sir Quentin Blake Interview - Hastings Independent Press
HIP Co Arts Editor Mia.L, speaks to the iconic artist Sir Quentin Blake, about his illustrious career and new exhibition ' We Live in Worrying Times' , running from May to September of this year, at The Hastings Contemporary Gallery. This is a previously uploaded interview that had some audio problems. 
June 16, 2020
HIPCAST - Episode 6
In this episode we hear a speaker at the Black Lives Matter rally held at Alexandra Park, we hear from students about their experience of lockdown, we speak to Rossana Leal about Refugee Week, and Caroline Russell from Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve shares what’s going on in her back garden. And much more. We also have music by: Ilja De Neve and Peter Kirtley, Liane Carroll, Steve Lamb & Greg Leppard
June 9, 2020
10 Minutes of Calm by Julie Gurr
In need of some time out? Yoga teacher Julie Gurr offers you ten minutes of deep relaxation to help your mindfulness during this pandemic. Julie teaches Scaravelli-inspired yoga in St Leonards and has a special interest in yoga for menopause. See her website for more info
June 2, 2020
HIPCAST - Episode 5
In this episode HIPCAST offers community news, an interview with music therapist Yair Katz and an interview with Hasting author Amanda Nicol whose new book looks at her journey through the mental health system.  Additionally Hastings Independent Food Co Editor Hattie introduces her Kitchen Discoveries. Music in this episode is by Juliet Russell and Hastings Vocal Explosion Choir. Please send your music and content for a future HIPCAST to:
May 26, 2020
HIPCAST - Episode 4
In this episode we have a local community news update. Ben Bruges from HIP, interviews Jake Bowers, filmmaker, journalist, teacher and part of the local Romany community and asks how the community is being affected by the pandemic. There is also music from Fabulous Red Diesel and Oli Spleen. Email your content or music to:
May 12, 2020
HIPCAST - Episode 3
Episode 3 includes an interview with 16 year old guitarist Tom Bruges. Tim Bavard explains the Bar. We have arts information, an update on the Jack in the Green festival and the Trash Canne film festival. Music from The Barbarian Horde, Sound Waves Community, and Jack Pound. Email your music, poetry or jingles into:
April 28, 2020
HIPCAST - Episode 2
In this episode we offer information on services to help with home schooling, as well as an online event for children to have fun camping out, inside. We have music from The Lucky Face, and The Poes, as well as an opportunity to view artwork with a robot and an interview with a running Nun! Email your music, poetry or jingles into:
April 14, 2020
HIPCAST - Episode 1
Welcome to Hastings Independent Press new community podcast called HIPCAST! In this first episode we offer online services and advice to help the Hastings community currently in isolation. The podcast also includes an interview with Erica Smith who talks about the event 'A Town Explores A Book' and music from local composer Jamwala and well known band Los Twangueros. To follow Covid-19 precautions Colin & Jon produced this first episode remotely.
March 31, 2020