Why you should go to a literary festival

I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I can easily devour a book in two sittings and when I’m not reading books, I’m reading reviews of books I might like read. Despite this, until I got involved in the Margate Bookie, I had never been to a literary festival. […]

Nostalgia and hope on the North Foreland

I have a deep affection for the north Kent coast. As an expat Yorkshire lad who went to secondary school in Kent, I missed the moors and the North Yorkshire fishing villages. The compensation was the long Kent coastline. My favourite part ran from the haunting Roman twin towers of Reculver to the narrow sandy […]

If I can do it, so can you

Last summer Vicky Newham joined us at Margate Bookie to read from her debut novel Turn a Blind Eye. Next month, the police procedural which has already been optioned for TV hits bookstands across the country. As the saying goes it takes twenty years to make an overnight success and despite having been passionate about […]