Does My Butt Look Big In This?

Does My Butt Look Big In This?, publishing 8th June, is Felicity Hayward’s debut book–a self-love and body positivity manifesto. Felicity is a social media star, one the UK’s most prominent curve models and a leading voice for change in the fashion industry.  In her session with Margate Bookie, Felicity will be chatting with Ruby Stevenson […]

The Red Children

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Join Maggie Gee as she reads from her new book, The Red Children and talks about her life as a writer and how it has changed. She’ll also be answering questions, asking why people write and paint, and whether those things can be taught. And why the coast of Thanet so full of artists, from […]

14 Anthology Launch

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The sophomore edition of Series Two of 14 magazine is now available and features new work from two of Ireland’s greatest living poets, Dermot Bolger and Bernard O’Donoghue. In addition, the magazine includes a feature called platform 14, which is a showcase for under-represented voices from projects supported by community groups and charities across the […]

The Waste Land

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Waste Land’, the Margate Bookie, in conjunction with Vanguard Readings, is proud to present a live reading of the whole poem by award-winning Faber & Faber poets David Harsent, Richard Scott & Hannah Sullivan. Join us for this unique event.   Location: Turner Contemporary Date: Sunday 5 June 2022 Time: 3:30pm Price: £6   […]

Know Your Own Power

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Dr. Radha Modgil’s self-help book, Know Your Own Power will help you tap into and unlock the power to enable you to get through the crisis that hits, to step up to understanding the challenge facing you and then to move forward into changing things for the better. It will help you to understand yourself more, […]

Homer to Hip-Hop

Former National Poetry Slam Champion, Pete “the Temp” Bearder, brings to life the poetic movements that have shaped history. Find out why wordsmiths have always been vilified, feared and revered, from the ballad singers and Beat poets, to the icons of dub, punk and hip hop. ‘a fantastic piece of work’ (Michael Rosen) ‘A charming wild […]

The Breakup Monologues

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In 2011, comedian and podcaster Rosie Wilby was dumped by email… though she did feel a little better about it after correcting her ex’s spelling and punctuation. Obsessing about breakups ever since, she embarked on a quest to investigate, understand and conquer the psychology of heartbreak. The Breakup Monologues is a love letter to her […]


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Join us to celebrate the publication of Daisy Buchanan’s newest novel Careering. She’ll be discussing the book with author and journalist Laura Tait. Eternal intern Imogen and superstar editor Harri love their jobs–but their jobs won’t love them back. Careering is a comic novel that examines our emotional relationship with work – the Daily Mail […]

The Mermaid of Black Conch

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Monique Roffey will be heading to Margate to discuss her award-winning novel The Mermaid of Black Conch, in conversation with Caroline Smith. Set on an imaginary Caribbean island, this tantalising tale of disruption brought about by a beautiful stranger brings together mythical elements with the piercing realism of everyday life.   Location: Turner ContemporaryDate: Friday 3 […]

Faber & Vanguard

Vanguard Readings is delighted to be invited once again to run an event at the Margate Bookie. We have held events for the Bookie every year and we are honoured to take part! This year, we are proud to present some of the latest cohort of Faber Academy debut novelists. Readers are on alphabetically, reading for around 10 minutes each. Readings start at 3:30pm. Free entry, all welcome. Hosted by Adrian Cross, the readers are: Giles Fraser, Laura Price, Rosalind Russell, Hannah Tovey and Susannah Wise. Adrian lives in London and loves Margate. He works in an advisory role with children in care and writes for the Times Educational Supplement and does live music reviews for Gigwise. He was a runner up in The Guardian’s Travel Writing Competition and his fiction has appeared in Dreamcatcher and Unthology 7. A philosophy grad, he’s also completed the MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College. He co-edited the #1 Vanguard Readings Short Story Anthology and is currently working on two novels; an urban comic thriller and a slice of fen noir. He’s a regular compere at the Margate Bookie and enjoys a tipple. Vanguard Readings, founded in 2011, is a platform for new writers & established authors to perform their work. Vanguard Editions, founded in 2014, is a specialist press with a commitment to diversity in writing and a strong visual identity.

Vanguard Readings is delighted to be invited once again to run an event at the Margate Bookie. We have held events for the Bookie every year and we are honoured to take part! This year, we are proud to present some of the latest cohort of Faber Academy debut novelists.  Readers are on alphabetically, reading for […]