• 11:00am - 12:30pm

    Sound and Sway: 'The Waste Land' Walking Group - Turner Contemporary

    Sound and Sway links the rhythms of poetry with the rhythm of walking.

    Dance to an MC Eliot Rave Mashup. Walk with Elspeth Penfold. Get Dadaist with simultaneous readings in different languages. And - stirred by the air - enjoy yoga and breathwork with Julia Riddiough.

    Bring comfortable clothing and a sense of adventure.

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    Walking with The Waste Land

  • 2.00pm - 3.00pm
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    Louis de Bernières - Turner Contemporary

    More information coming soon

    Speakers:
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    Louis de Bernières

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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    Jake Arnott - Turner Contemporary

    A seductive, clever tale of crime, punishment and love among thieves set in 1720s London - Jake Arnott does for the 18th century what he did for the 1960s in his cult hit The Long Firm.

    London, the 1720s. The financial crash caused by the South Sea Bubble sees the rise of Jonathan Wild, self-styled 'Thief-taker General' who purports to keep the peace while brutally controlling organised crime. Only two people truly defy him: Jack Sheppard, apprentice turned house-breaker, and his lover, the notorious whore and pickpocket Edgworth Bess.

    From the condemned cell at Newgate, Bess gives her account of how she and Jack formed the most famous criminal partnership of their age: a tale of lost innocence and harsh survival, passion and danger, bold exploits and spectacular gaol-breaks. As the gallows casts its grim shadow, who will live to escape the Fatal Tree?

    The Fatal Tree is a tour de force; inventive, atmospheric and rich in the street slang of the era. Drawing on real figures and a true history of crime, punishment and rough justice, it tells a heartbreaking story of love and betrayal.

    Jake will be in conversation with Margate Bookie favourite, Simon Wroe.

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    Jake Arnott

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    Simon Wroe

  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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    An evening of reading and music from the books of PJ Whiteley - The Lifeboat

    PJ (Philip) Whiteley writes romantic comedies, with a contemporary setting. He doesn’t invent a fantasy world, as he considers Britain in the early 21st Century to be quite weird enough.

    Louis de Bernières said of Philip’s second novel: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed Marching on Together and was happily carried along by the wonderfully realized characters.’ Now, he has penned a spin-off. The Rooms We Never Enter, to be published by Unbound with the help of a crowdfunding platform, features the would-be love affair between one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Britain and a single mum on a minimum wage income. George Mowatt takes as his third home a terraced house near the stadium of his beloved football team, and he becomes neighbour to Karen Barnes, at least on match days. The spark between them is instant, but their lives are a world apart, and their hearts keep missing each other’s beat. Will George’s riches be Karen’s salvation or an overwhelming obstacle that defeats them both?

    The Rooms We Never Enter is a funny, heartfelt tale of missed opportunities and a love that seems to be forever just out of reach – with some sharp observations on social realities at opposite ends of the income scale in modern Britain.

    Philip’s books and short stories also come with a soundtrack. Songs by the Kaiser Chiefs, the Beatles, REM and others feature in his writings, reflecting his early life experiences going to gigs, and playing the guitar badly. At this special, one-off event of readings and songs, his guest musicians and singers perform these timeless classics, while Philip and invited guests read from some of his work.

    If you would like to see The Rooms We Never Enter in print, please support Philip in his crowdfunding campaign. At this one-off evening event, you’ll be able to hear all about the different ways in which you can be part of the project:

    • Have a character named after you
    • Get your brand name mentioned in the text (if you run a business)
    • Sponsor the Frontispiece
    • Have lunch with the author at a venue mentioned in the book

    All supporters get their name listed in the book. Special note: this evening gig is free but Crowdfunding is not. Find out more here.

    Set List

    • Love’s Not a Competition, Kaiser Chiefs
    • Things We Said Today, The Beatles
    • Losing My Religion, REM
    • Sacrifice, Elton John
    • Fucking Hell, It’s Fred Titmus, Half Man Half Biscuit
    • In the Air Tonight, Phil Collins
    • Ruby, Kaiser Chiefs

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    Philip Whiteley

  • 11:30pm - 12:30pm
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    Richard Skinner’s Poetry Masterclass - Turner Contemporary

    In this poetry workshop, you'll look at and play with form and learn how to retell journeys as narrative poems.

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    Richard Skinner

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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    Vanguard Readings - Turner Contemporary

    You lucky people! For the fourth consecutive year, Vanguard Readings is delighted to be back at the one-and-only Margate Bookie.

    Set up by Richard Skinner, and hosted by Mr Adrian Cross, it’s your chance to listen to six top quality authors at Turner Contemporary. Readings start at 1pm.

    Make sure you reserve a ticket as this event is always super-popular.

    The readers are David Barker, Paul Dornan, Chloe Esposito, Karen Hamilton, Evalyn Lee and Rose McGinty.

    Speakers:

    Adrian Cross

    Chloé Esposito

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    David Barker

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    Evalyn Lee

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    Karen Hamilton

    Paul Dornan

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    Rose McGinty

  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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    Salena Godden's Performance Masterclass - Turner Contemporary

    An electrifying performer who owns her audience, Salena will inspire you to open your hearts and give your all.

    She’ll talk about the creative process, different paths to publication and how she produced her live album of poetry.

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    Salena Godden

  • 3.00pm - 4.00pm
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    The Red Dancer: A Life of Mata Hari - Turner Contemporary

    Readings ‘in character’ from Richard Skinner’s recently reissued Faber & Faber novel. Joining Richard are the authors David Barker, Paul Dornan, Chloe Esposito, Karen Hamilton, Evalyn Lee and Rose McGinty.

    A new edition of Richard Skinner's classic novel about the life of Mati Hari, released to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of her death, October 2017.

    When Margaretha Zelle, a young woman living in The Hague, answers a lonely hearts advertisement she becomes drawn into a relationship with an army captain twice her age. After a hasty wedding, they depart for Indonesia, where the marriage collapses amid infidelity and violence.

    Seeking a new life, Margaretha returns to Europe and travels to Paris, where she adopts the stage name Mata Hari, reinventing herself as an exotic dancer. In her new role she attracts the attention of numerous admirers, many of whom are officers, ready to share their secrets with a woman of notorious allure and intrigue, as Europe lurches towards explosive conflict.

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    Richard Skinner

  • 7.00pm - 12:00am
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    Salena Godden LIVE and the Bookie Slam - Olby's Soul Cafe

    More information to follow.

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    Salena Godden

  • 11.30am - 12.30pm

    Sam Gayton's Fanzine Workshop - Turner Contemporary

    Children aged seven and up can make their own fanzine with Sam Gayton, author of popular books like Hercufleas.

    This hands-on session will involve origami, colouring and creative writing.

    Speakers:

    Sam Gayton

  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm
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    Anna Hart - Turner Contemporary

    A call-to-action for female adventurers everywhere, renowned travel writer Anna Hart’s first book is about the power of travel to transform us, heal us, challenge us and turn us into everyday adventure seekers even after we return to the grind back home.

    Have you ever turned up on a post-heartbreak holiday hopelessly unprepared and been forced to sleep on the floor wrapped up in a curtain? How about that eagerly-awaited solo adventure when you had to be airlifted home? Or what about the time you went to a fascinating European cultural capital and neglected to visit any of the world-renowned sights because you were in the bar?

    Well, Anna Hart has been on all those holidays, and more. As an avid traveller and then travel journalist, she's spent most of her working life on a plane somewhere, and over 10 years writing about the places she's ended up. In Departures she brings all of that knowledge together with the signature warmth and wit of her journalism. Anna is here to show that even the experts get it wrong – and how to get it right.

    Anna will be interviewed by award-winning journalist and agony aunt Daisy Buchanan.

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    Anna Hart

    Daisy Buchanan

  • 2.30pm - 3.30pm

    Thanet Writers Club Anthology Launch - Turner Contemporary

    Thanet Writers launches its new anthology at Turner Contemporary. Compere Seb Reilly introduces five new local authors.

    Tickets are six quid. That includes a six quid voucher for the anthology, so who’s the lucky one, eh?

    Thanet Writers is a trading name of Thanet Writers CIC, a Community Interest Company (CIC number: 10690420) dedicated to supporting writers in Thanet.

  • 4.00pm - 5.00pm
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    Dosh Archer's Story and Play Workshop - Turner Contemporary

    Children aged three and over will write and draw a brand new character - 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!

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    Dosh Archer