Some thoughts on Black History Month by Maggie Harris

Black History Month now offers several events and activities across the country, but in the early 2000’s when I was a Reader Development Worker for Kent Arts and Libraries, the concept was only in its infancy. I remember planning an event in a local library only to be questioned by someone in authority on the […]

A Bookie chatter with Rosie Wilby

Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian who has appeared many times on BBC Radio 4 programmes including Woman’s Hour, Loose Ends and Four Thought, TV programmes including Good Morning Britain and at major festivals around the world. Her first book Is Monogamy Dead? was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2018 and followed her […]

Crime chatter with William Shaw

Ahead of his Bookie Fireside Chat (virtual!) with fellow crime writer Sophia Tobin on Thursday 5 November, William Shaw, a Bookie favourite, had a conversation with us about writing, stories, and crime. William Shaw‘s The Birdwatcher, set in Kent and Northern Ireland, was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Salt […]

Take part and watch it grow – the Interactive Map of Margate!

A Different LENS is emotional cartography. We’re working with artists and community to bring the map to life. The map entries engage with authors who became blind or visually impaired during their lifetime. It makes connections with Margate through the contributions of artists and community members from East Kent Mencap. Maps are somehow shy. But […]

Take part and watch it grow – the Interactive Map of Margate!

Join a celebratory #DistanceDrift led by the artist, Sonia Overall on Sunday 13 September at 10 a.m. Sonia is a writer, psychogeographer, founder of the Women Who Walk network and a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. Sonia’s project DistanceDrift for Margate is a remote, synchronised walk responding to the sites and texts of […]

Something different – the Interactive Map of Margate launches tomorrow!

A Different LENS is an interactive map, produced by Elspeth Penfold through the artist group Thread and Word. The map uses locative media and can be accessed through a URL on a phone or computer. All you need is the link. Immerse yourself in Milton, poet’s corner, psychogeography, Newgate Gap, James Thurber and personal responses […]

A chat with Kent poet Setareh Ebrahimi

The Kent poetry scene is awash with brilliant writers and performers – and Setareh Ebrahimi. She is the author of two books – In My Arms published by Bad Betty Press, and Galloping Horses which is published this year by Medway based press Wordsmithery. Tell us about yourself – how did you start and how […]