IsleWrite Launch with Jill Anabona Smith

IsleWrite open the Margate Bookie this June. We chat with Jill Anabona Smith to learn what IsleWrite is all about and what’s to come in their festival-starting extravaganza.

Copies of IsleWrite's new book, Twenty Thirty.







What’s IsleWrite all about?

Storytelling! Everyone has a tale (or several) to tell and writing’s a solitary business. When you read your story to an attentive audience, it’s a pin-drop moment to cherish.

IsleWrite is a diverse group supporting writers from all walks of life, many from other countries. Some have written from an early age, others are starting out on their storytelling journey. Some write fiction – short stories, novels and plays: some write memoir, others prefer poetry. Individual successes are celebrated by all. In addition to sharing work, the group hosts and guest speakers holds workshops and run writing competitions.

So, whether you want to tell truths, lies, fantasies or memories, why not make a start? Come along to IsleWrite at Broadstairs library at 2pm on the third Wednesday of each month; listen to other stories and tell your own. We’re truthful people and if we think you may have missed something out or there’s something that will enhance your work, we’ll say so!



How do you put an anthology like this together?

Over twenty years, it’s fair to say we’ve heard things that have made us howl, either with laughter or tears. There’s an optional theme each time we meet, but members also bring novel excerpts, competition entries, and the stories that have been brewing on any theme they want. The variety is jaw-dropping.

For our twentieth anniversary, we could choose from work by more than thirty writers over the years, hence the anthology’s title twentythirty. (To be truthful, it was going to be twentytwenty, but Covid came along, squashing plans and, anyway, we realised there were plenty more stories to add in).


Who’s taking part?

The session is introduced by Jill Anabona Smith, IsleWrite’s coordinator, whose first novel, Four Kinds of Shipwreck, won a place on the Pen to Print Book Challenge and is published this month.

Then the fun really begins…

Charl Frock’s Office Rat tale, followed by Patricia Mahoney’s Canadian piece from Full of Grace, her book with accompanying CD. Laure Meloy, a dramatic soprano specialising in 20th and 21st century opera, chills next with a sinister tale from New York, contrasting with Tessa Woodward’s reflective story of village life in Kent. Graham Ward, a successful painter, then delves into the past when a ‘native American Indian’ had a lasting impact on Graham’s early years. Guitarist Jamie Moore links everything together nicely.


Have a listen here for a taster of what’s to come at our launch:

Denise Gow – The Lost Madonna


Maria Brown – The Airman


Ali Boots – Obsession


Where and when can we see you at the litfest?

On Thursday 2nd June 2022, at 11am in the Foyle Room, Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent. We’re looking forward to it! Grab your tickets here!


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