The Bookie is back with its biggest ever festival!

Headliners include crime king Mark Billingham, best-selling historian Alison Weir and novelist and musician Louis de Bernières. You’ve got workshops with novelist Richard Skinner (Faber & Faber), scriptwriter Sebastian Baczkiewicz (Pilgrim) and publisher Scott Pack (Guardian Masterclasses).

Hit authors include Nicci Cloke (Toxic), Sunday Times No 1 Bestsellers Renee Knight (Disclaimer) and Lesley Kara (The Rumour). Plus Postcards from the Past, the Bookie Poetry Slam, walks, booze, life drawing models, graphic novels, movies and much, much more.

The Margate Bookie is the friendly litfest by the sea - now in its fifth glorious year!

STOP PRESS! Lisa Jewell is confirmed as our headliner on Nov 22.


The stars of November 22nd-24th have just been announced

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Top drawer literary goss often available!

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Meet Our Authors

This is the glorious mob of novelists, poets, scriptwriters, teachers and entertainers who are dusting down their woolly scarves ready for November in Margate.

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The Bookie Player

The Bookie’s been strutting its funky stuff for five years now. Click here for videos and podcasts from Salena Godden, Amber Butchart,  Daisy Buchanan, Jess Kidd, Roopa Farooki, Sathnam Sanghera, Jake Arnott, Anna Hart…

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