Margate Bookie – returns August 2017

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Bookworms, literary lovers and word wranglers, grab your diaries… the Margate Bookie is back.

Bookie 2017 will take place from 17 to 20 August 2017 at locations across Margate. To everyone who gave use feedback after last year’s event, thank you. Your suggestions, comments and ideas are helping to make the Bookie better than ever. We’re busy curating a stellar line up for you to enjoy. This year you can expect more community events and more inspiring sessions for budding writers, authors alongside our popular author readings and storytelling sessions for children. We’re also planning a few surprises.

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Thanks for your support and here’s to the Bookie 2017!

Who’s behind the Bookie?

The Margate Bookie literary festival is a community-based event which takes place at venues across Margate each August. We’re all about encouraging people to read more and get involved in writing at all levels and across a variety of genres. We do this through interactive sessions, workshops, talks, and inspirational/high-profile author readings. Our speakers hail from Thanet and further afield.

The event was founded Andreas Loizou (pictured left), who grew up in Margate. Keen to share his love of reading and writing, and his passion for this part of Kent, he set about creating the Margate Bookie.

The first Margate Bookie was held in August 2015; the half-day event consisted of author talks and readings at Resort Studios in Margate. The second festival in August 2016 grew into a two-day event, which took place across five venues in Margate: Turner Contemporary, Sands Hotel, Resort Studios, Bernie’s Chocolate Bar and the Theatre Royal. As well as author talks and readings, there were writing workshops, children’s storytelling sessions, activities and talks with mindfulness experts (thanks to a partnership with Now Live Events) and a series of masterclasses with writers and authors from Psychologies Magazine.

Get in touch

‘Planning for the third Margate Bookie is now underway. At this stage, we’re particularly keen to hear from potential sponsors, supporters and of course, writers and authors interested in taking part; you can email us on

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