We're delighted so many fabulous writers are joining us for Margate Bookie 2017. Kids, cookery, history, romance, real-life and laughter; our authors have got it all covered
Day by day, hour by hour, see what we've got for you
For children 7 years and over.
Are you a fan of something? Is it Doctor Who? Football? J-Pop? Taylor Swift? Star Wars?
Come and make your own fanzine with Margate's very own, Sam Gayton, author of popular children's books Hercufleas, His Royal Whiskers, The Adventures of Lottie Peppercorn .
This hands-on session will involve origami, colouring and creative writing. On a hot summer day in Margate you know a room full of fans is the coolest place to be!
Entrance is free, but he’s a popular lad so why not reserve a ticket?
Join Margate’s social media mavens, Ben Bowles and Dave McKenna at Turner Contemporary, as they show you how to max out your images.
Local photographer Ben Bowles will teach you how to compose and edit group shots and individual portraits.
You’ll take pictures inside Turner Contemporary and outside on the Harbour Wall, making the most of Margate’s ever-changing light.
Video maker Dave McKenna will show you how to get the best images and sound from your video equipment. You’ll learn how to interview on your feet, edit punchy videos and get your own personal style across to the viewer.
STOP PRESS 1 – Ben’s group is now full. Check his website to find out more about upcoming courses and events. You can also follow Ben on Twitter
STOP PRESS 2 – There are two spots open in Dave’s group. Contact him via Twitter to tell him why you want to join in.
This will be a live experience! You’ll be shooting students from local colleges and universities as they read their work in public for the very first time.
Have you ever felt lost, anxious, panicky about adulthood?
Have you ever spent a hungover Sunday crying into a bowl of cereal?
Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and felt nothing but green-eyed jealousy and evil thoughts?
Award-winning journalist, Grazia agony aunt and real-life big sister to five smart, stylish, stunning twenty-something young women, Daisy Buchanan has been there, done that and got the vajazzle.
In How to be a Grown-Up, she dispenses all the emotional and practical advice you need to negotiate a difficult decade. Covering everything from how to become more successful and confident at work, how to feel pride in yourself without needing validation from others, how to turn rivals into mentors, and how to *really* enjoy spending time on your own, this is a warm, kind, funny voice in the dark saying
Honestly don't worry, you're doing your best and you're amazing!
Join Margate’s Daisy in a frank and – probably quite rude – conversation on Thursday August 17th at the Turner Contemporary from 2pm. Daisy will read from How to be a Grown-Up and answer all your questions.
Tickets are free! This is certain to be a sell-out event, so make sure you book your place to guarantee a seat.
Sun cream packed? Flights arranged? Pool beckoning?
Even if the answer's 'no' join us to discuss four enticing yarns. Come and meet these fabulous authors at Turner Contemporary.
Andrea Bennett - Two Cousins of Azov is a heart-warming novel about the surprise of second chances in the autumn of your life. It’s tender and wonderful story of two men who, in the autumn of their years, have the chance to learn that memories can heal, as well as haunt.
Simon Wroe – in Here Comes Trouble seventeen-year-old dreamer Ellis Dau is sent to work in a strange land under threat from heavy-handed policemen, mysterious revolutionaries, and the resident Russian billionaire. Can he save his family - and the newspaper his father edits - fuelled only by youth, grain spirit and unrequited love?
Vicky Newman - Turn a Blind Eye is a crime novel set in multi-cultural East London, featuring Bangladeshi detective DI Maya Rahman. It will be published by HQ/HarperCollins in Jan 2018 and television rights have already been bought by Playground Entertainment.
Sue Bassett - A Committed Wife is a Victorian thriller about false imprisonment, lunacy and the freedom of women.
This event is free, but please book tickets in advance to ensure space for your towel on the beach.
Workshop for children aged three years and up
Write and draw a brand new character with famous children’s author Dosh Archer. Includes painting, writing, drawing and nursery rhymes.
Margate’s Dosh Archer has always enjoyed inverting fairy stories. She’ll engage your children and playfully get them to consider characters from a different point of view. And you’ll learn how she created the characters in her Urgency Emergency series.
Remember, the Big Bad Wolf has feelings too!
See you at the Turner Contemporary on Friday 18 August at 11am. This event is free, but please book tickets to guarantee your place.
Daisy Belle: Swimming Champion of the World is set in Margate. It is based on the true story of Agnes Beckwith, a Victorian swimmer whose father was a renowned Swimming Professor from Ramsgate.
Agnes started performing as a four year old, part of her father’s ‘family of frogs’. Then in September 1875, at the age of 14, she made sporting history by swimming down the River Thames from London Bridge to Greenwich.
She went on to form her own ‘talented troupe of lady swimmers’ and travelled to the United States to swim across New York harbour. Before long Agnes Beckwith was being billed as ‘champion lady swimmer of the world’. But until recently her daring deeds have been largely forgotten, until Caitlin re discovered her life while researching Downstream: A History and Celebration of Swimming the River Thames. Her novel Daisy Belle tells the story of Agnes’ journey to stardom.
Caitlin will read from her novel, talk about its historical background, and explain how the Kent coastline features in both the plot and the setting. She’ll also discuss her love of outdoor swimming, which she’s been lucky enough to enjoy for half a century. Daisy Belle will be published by Unbound in 2018.
We’re delighted to tell you that Caitlin will be in conversation with Margate’s Anna Hart, who regularly writes for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, Grazia, GQ, Stylist, Glamour and Elle.
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance to guarantee a space.
It’s great to hear your favourite writers read from their work, but how much better would it be to have their scenes truly come to life?
At OFF book, writers get the chance to see a scene from their work transformed into theatre by talented performers. And emerging performers get the chance to perform cutting-edge stories. Along the way, there’s fiction-related music and comedy, and interviews with creators. It’s the perfect way to discover new writing and acting talent, and to get closer to the creative process.
OFF BOOK – Where Fiction leaps off the page and onto the stage
OFF book is the brainchild of actor, singer and future novelist Tracey Brown and the novelist and former actor Matthew Blakstad. Tracy and Matthew want the good people of Margate to take part in their instant play. Dare you join in? Send an email to email@example.com to find out more.
See you for a magical afternoon, starting at 2pm sharp at Turner Contemporary on Friday 18 August. The scene will be performed later that night at a secret venue. Tickets are free, but limited, so do register.
It wasn’t always designer scones and hundred quid lagers round here. Join Margate’s master storyteller on a jaunt round the Harbour Wall and into the old town.
Trawl through Margate’s alternative history, and learn about Last Orders, seaside scams and Eric Morecombe.Discover some old stories, make some new memories.
Muster at the Turner Contemporary on Friday 18 August at 4pm. Bring comfortable shoes, leave the weapons at home.
Venue to be announced.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Tickets will be available soon.
Join us for a Walk with 'The Waste Land'
Meet us at Margate Station on Saturday morning at 10am.
Join Walking with ‘The Waste Land’ to discover how T.S Eliot’s seminal poem, partly written in Margate, resonates with well-known Margate locations. The walk will make connections between the poem, art and the town. We end at Turner Contemporary for a short slide presentation about next year’s exhibition Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’.
Walking with ‘The Waste Land’ is a community group founded by artist Elspeth Penfold in 2014. The group uses walking as a research tool for locating TS Eliot’s The Waste Land and selected other poems in Margate.
The group works closely with Turner Contemporary’s Waste Land Research Group who are developing Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’, Turner Contemporary’s first major exhibition of 2018 (from 3 February to 20 May 2018) will focus on connections between Eliot’s poem and the visual arts.
Taking in the seafront and the old town, the walk is about three-quarters of a mile, on flat terrain and will last one and a half hours.
Free and open to all.
Learn how to write and draw your first cartoon. Kids enjoy storytelling, book readings, drawing and colouring in.
Margate’s Dosh Archer will look at the difference between real and cartoon characters. Children aged five years and over are welcome
Freestyle cartoon fun at Bernie’s Chocolate Bar.
This event is free but tickets must be booked in advance.
You’ve not yet heard of Felicia Yap? That’s all going to change very, very soon.
In this unique presentation, the UK’s hottest new writer will tell you about her amazing journey from a radioactive lab to literary stardom, via the catwalks of London and the flea markets of Germany. Felicia’s debut thriller, Yesterday, is about a murder that takes place in a world where most people only remember yesterday. It is also a love story at its core.
Joining Felicia is her publicist, Millie Seaward, of Headline Publishing. Millie will tell you how book publicists plan their most successful campaigns. By the time Felicia arrives in Margate, she will have been profiled by the Tatler, Newsweek, Guardian and appeared on TV.
And that’s not all! In a real first for Margate, OFF Bookie will present their dramatization of a pivotal scene from Yesterday.
Felicia will be introduced by the Bookie’s founder, Andreas Loizou, at the Turner Contemporary at 12.30pm on Saturday 19th August.
Radio 4’s Jeremy Hardy returns to Margate to interview the comedy writer Paul Bassett Davies
The only thing worse than waking up with the hangover from hell is waking up with a hangover in hell
When literary reprobate Foster James wakes up in a strange country house, he assumes he’s been consigned to rehab (yet again) by his dwindling band of friends and growing collection of ex-wives. But when he gets punched in the face by Ernest Hemingway he soon realises there’s something a bit different about this place…
Is Foster dead? Has his less-than-saintly existence finally caught up with him? After a hostile group therapy session with Hunter S. Thompson, Colette, William Burroughs and Coleridge, it seems pretty likely. But he still feels alive, especially after he gets laid by Dorothy Parker.
When he discovers that the two enigmatic doctors who run the institution are being torn apart by a thwarted love affair, he and the other writers must work together to save something that, for once, is bigger than their own gigantic egos.
Dead Writers in Rehabis a darkly funny tale about the strange and terrible entanglement of creativity and addiction, told by a charming, selfish bastard who finally confronts his demons in a place part Priory, part Purgatory, and where the wildest fiction can tell the soberest truth.
A huge welcome to Margate for Barney Hoskyns and his unflinching account of recovering from drug addiction.
A few months after graduating with a 1st class honours degree from Oxford University, Barney Hoskyns sat in a damp Clapham basement and asked his best friend to inject him with heroin. From that moment on, for the next three years, Hoskyns is hopelessly hooked. This is the searingly honest story of what brought him to this place - and how he got himself out of it.
Never Enough is Hoskyns's raw, uncompromising and utterly compelling account of the highs and lows of life under the needle. Interspersed with photos and diary entries, Hosykns examines why he so willingly gave himself up to the death-grip of heroin, and what it took to finally free himself from it. Three decades after quitting Class A drugs, Barney Hoskyns looks back - in sorrow and wonder rather than anger - at the addiction that gripped him for five years of his life.
Seeking to understand the forces that pushed him to destroy himself in his early twenties - and quoting from his journal entries in and after those years - Hoskyns tells the story of his drug use and its denouement: a slow journey out of darkness towards emotional and spiritual health. Central to the narrative is his account of an obsessive love affair that drove him to seek oblivion through heroin and cocaine.
Drawing on over 30 years without chemicals, Hoskyns attempts to explain addiction from a new and holistic perspective. Pulling together strands of dependency, decadence and self-hatred - and the parallel addiction that is sexual obsession - Never Enough is profoundly personal and discursively philosophical.
Barney Hoskyns is one of the leading music writers of our time: his books have ranged the musical landscape from Led Zeppelin to Tom Waits, from Laurel Canyon to Woodstock. In this illustrated talk, Hoskyns beautifully describes the relationship between music and addiction, between love and infatuation.
Barney will be in conversation with Julian Mash. Join them both for readings and revelations at the Turner Contemporary on Saturday 19 August at 2pm. This is sure to be a popular talk, so please book your tickets in advance.
Spy writer Nigel West makes his first appearance at the Margate Bookie on Saturday August 19th.
CHEESE was the codename of one of the most successful spies of the Second World War, and one of the least known. Even after the declassification of MI5’s wartime files in 2011, most references to his true identity had been redacted. However, it is now possible to tell his astonishing story in full for the very first time since his death in 1954.
Nigel West’s information is so precise that many people believe he is the unofficial historian of the secret services. West's sources are undoubtedly excellent. His books are peppered with deliberate clues to potential front-page stories - The Sunday Times
As a double agent, CHEESE has few, if any, equals. He was an Italian Jew who was brought up in India, was educated in Switzerland, and employed as a British agent while working for the French, Italian and German intelligence services. During his extraordinary espionage career which spanned the entire length of World War II, he worked for four intelligence agencies (sometimes simultaneously), and survived the experience.
Fluent in English, French. Italian and German, a womanizer, and exceptionally brave, CHEESE created an entirely notional network of agents and casual contacts included the colourful, pipe-smoking Syrian Paul Nicossof (“pull knickers off!”). CHEESE became one of the most influential figures of the conflict, yet his role remains undisclosed until now.
Nigel will be in conversation with the broadcaster and novelist Julia Wheeler. Nigel will also chat and answer questions about his many books on espionage and military history. Book to avoid disappointment.
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Nicholas Rankin is an expert on World War Two, with a special interest in spying and deception. We’re delighted that Nicholas will be talking about his latest book - Gibraltar, Defending the Rock: How Gibraltar Defeated Hitler
This thrilling new history reveals how a lone outpost of the British Empire, riddled with secret tunnels, fought off attacks by land, sea and air to help win the war.
Two months before he shot himself, Adolf Hitler saw where it had all gone wrong. By failing to seize Gibraltar in the summer of 1940, he lost the war.
The Rock of Gibraltar, a pillar of British sea-power since 1704, looked formidable but was extraordinarily vulnerable. Though menaced on all sides by Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Vichy France and Francoist Spain, every day Gibraltar had to let thousands of people cross its frontier to work. Among them came spies and saboteurs, eager to blow up its 25 miles of secret tunnels. In 1942, Gibraltar became US General Eisenhower’s HQ for the invasion of North Africa, the campaign that led to Allied victory in the Mediterranean.
Nicholas is in conversation with the journalist and novelist Julia Wheeler.
For the third consecutive year, Vanguard Readings is delighted to be back at the one-and-only Margate Bookie. Five of the readers this year are all debut novelists and Faber Academy Alumni.
Readers are on alphabetically, reading for about 10 minutes each. All welcome!
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We are delighted that Alison Weir, the top-selling female historian in the UK, is opening the last day of the Margate Bookie. Alison – who has sold over 2.7million books worldwide – will tell you the truth about Anne Boleyn.
Meet an extraordinary young woman who changed the course of history.
Fresh from the sophisticated palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love. But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game. She has a spirit worthy of a crown – and a crown is what she seeks. And so she embarks on her perilous course, which will plunge a kingdom into turmoil.
Alison Weir weaves new research into the dark, powerful tale of Henry VIII’s second wife - a woman ahead of her time, who dared to question traditional concepts of femininity, and whose ambition drove her to gamble with the fickle nature of a dangerous king.
Alison will read and answer your questions at the Turner Contemporary at 12.30pm on Sunday 20 August. Alison is one of the UK’s most popular historians, so please book early to avoid missing out.
Alison will be interviewed by the historical novelist Debbie Rix.
How story telling can really make you happier
Part of Creative Writing Sunday
Exclusive to Margate!
A unique course led by happiness expert Vanessa King and Faber & Faber author Elise Valmorbida.
• learn new psychological techniques to boost your well-being and make you feel happier
• get help to write more, appreciate life deeper and tell better stories
• transform experience and imagination into compelling words
This 70-minute session is suitable for everyone who wants to explore wellbeing, creativity and writing.
Four top crime writers read from their latest novels and tell you how history inspires them. With Anna Mazzola, Sophia Tobin, MJ McGrath and SD Sykes.
Finding a literary agent is the Holy Grail for new writers. Publishing is an increasingly competitive industry, and agents are bombarded with more and more submissions.
How can you make your manuscript and query letter stand out from the crowd? Come to this talk with top agent Norah Perkins (Curtis Brown) and Amazon’s Rising Star Laura Powell (The Unforgotten) and find out how to grab your agent.
You’ll learn:• What agents look for in a submission • How to craft an appealing cover/query letter and synopsis • Why writers get selected See you at 2pm at the Sands Hotel on Sunday 20 August.
Join Ramsgate’s Tamara Rattigan for a fun afternoon of children’s activities.
Tamara’s debut book Everybody's Special is the first in a series of children's illustrated story books which inspire and encourage children, and show them that it is okay to be different, because after all, EVERYBODY is different, and that's what makes each and every one of us special!
Go behind the scenes of a real-life murder investigation AND get the inside track on writing crime drama for TV.
Meet Lisa Cutts, award-winning author of the Nina Foster crime novels and police officer with the Serious Crime Directorate, and Simon Booker, author of the Kent-based Morgan Vine thrillers and screenwriter for BBC and ITV (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries etc).
You've found your voice. Great, let's help you find your followers!
Our third creative writing session on Sunday is all about making contact and building a relationship with your readers. We'll look at how blogging, vlogging, traditional and social media can all help you to connect
Building a loyal fanbase is every writer’s dream. Many authors feel bamboozled by the ever-increasing choice of channels, and are so swamped with social media that they’ve got no time to write.
PR specialist Gemma Pettman and author/ghostwriter Philip Whiteley will share practical tips and real life experiences that will help you make your mark.
• How to target and craft the perfect press release
• Ways to get an A-List endorsement
• How to make marketing a natural extension of story telling.
Margate is a town with a fascinating history. Tell us its hidden secrets … and tell us your secrets, however uplifting or sordid.
Regale your tales of memorable events, fun, scandal, crime, culture, chance encounters, local characters, old times, modern times, crazy times to Adrian Cross and have the chance to appear in Dreamland, a collection of short stories about the UK’s finest seaside resort. Anything you think will be of interest to readers. We want it to be as varied as possible.
Share a drink with Adrian on the house, get ready to be recorded, and the team of volunteers will write up your tale and send it back to you.
Meet Adrian during the Margate Bookie. Details of times and venues coming soon - to find out more send an email to email@example.com
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