Escape through the vent – writing to release

Sunday 10th October is... World Mental Health Day 2021 -

World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10 October is an opportunity to put even more of a focus on everyone’s mental health and wellbeing, including our own. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, who you are or what you do, mental health support is something we all need the world over.

We chat with Alex Vellis about how writing helps as a coping mechanism and a way of managing his mental health issues, as well as how to use writing as a way to de-stress.

Writing Journey returns for a second round to inspire young people across the county

Margate Bookie Writing Journey. Aged 18 - 25? Join us online for six inspiring and fun workshops led by local professionals and release your writing. Tuesdays, 12 - 2pm. 2 November - 7 December 2021. Online, via Zoom. For more information, email, or visit

After a hugely successful first run Margate Bookie’s Writing Journey is back. The series of six writing workshops give young people not in education or training high quality tutoring from highly respected local writers. Running from Tuesday 2 November to Tuesday 9 December, 12-2pm via Zoom, the programme is curated by Sam Gayton, the children’s author who’s been looking after the young people’s programme at Margate Bookie for a number of years.

All aboard for making waves at The Margate School

“ANOTHER TIME asks where the human being sits within the scheme of things. Each work is necessarily isolated, and is an attempt to bear witness to what it is like to be alive and alone in space and time.” – Antony Gormley For the past three months, Antony Gormley’s sculpture standing in Margate’s seas beside […]

Connecting creative countries

Connecting Creative Countries blog image for Katherine Abraham and her creative piece Letter to my Love

The Margate Bookie ‘zine truly has become global, with creative submissions from England, Germany, America, Malaysia, Australia, and Jerusalem, to name but a few. One day we’ll do a world tour, but for now, we’re showcasing some of our great contributors on the Margate Bookie blog.

‘Zine in the neighbourhood

Zine in the neighbourhood, a Global Zine blog post for the Margate Bookie and their Reset 'zine

We’ve been amazed at how far the Margate Bookie ‘zines have reached across the world, and by how many people have been inspired to write.

As well as people across the world, a number of creative writers and artists in the UK responded to our call. From Yorkshire to Guernsey, from Liverpool to London and right across Kent, the level of home-grown talent has been astounding.