‘A Different Lens’ reaches Digital Storytelling award longlist.

Thread and Word’s project ‘A Different Lens’ has been selected for the second round of the Digital Culture Awards in their…

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The Open Arms – Submissions open

‘Welcome to The Open Arms. What’ll it be?’

We’ve been simply blown away by the amazing creative pieces we’ve had for our ‘zines, Reset and The Great Indoors. Now it’s time to get the next round in.

So, we’ve thrown the doors wide open and are glad to announce the Margate Bookie’s third ‘zine, The Open Arms.

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Escape through the vent – writing to release

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.

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

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.

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Connecting creative countries

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.

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‘Zine in the neighbourhood

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.

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Creating literary links

Reset includes some great creative pieces from America, spanning from Minnesota to Texas, from California across to New York. And it’s from the small town of Mattituck, NY that Elizabeth Jaeger, writer of Crumb Cake, chatted to us about her Reset ‘zine journey.

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A global Reset

The Margate Bookie’s ‘zines have spread around the world since Justin Brown launched The Great Indoors (2020) and Reset (2021) in the last couple of years. They have featured some great creative writing and artistry by some amazingly talented people.

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