Margate’s new book talks put words into action

Margate Bookie festival, which is back at the Turner Contemporary from 22 to 24 November, is launching a new series of events taking its aim to connect people through reading and writing even further.

The Bookie Talks series launches on 24 October in a small room above The Margate Bookshop, offering a chance for people to meet and hear from writers whose work sparks change. 

The first of them, Kajal Odedra, is a good example of what it’s all about. The UK director of the world’s largest online petitioning platform is passionate about supporting regular people to take action about things that matter to them.

Her new book, Do Something: Activism for Everyone, is a step-by-step guide to doing just that, drawing on examples from successful campaigns and her own experiences to show how people really can have power. People wanting to change things in Thanet are encouraged to come along to hear how to run a successful campaign and ask questions related to their particular causes.

Jessica Rose, Margate Bookie Head of Outreach said: “Margate Bookie is the friendly lit fest by the sea and we also want to connect with the local community all year round. Bookie Talks is a way to reach people who might not normally go to a book event but who do want to hear about the subject matter. We’re thrilled to have Kajal Odedra as our first speaker and we’re keen to hear about other writers or issues people would like us to cover.”  

Bookie Talks will run every two months and are limited to 20 people. Book your free place to hear Kajal Odedra on the Eventbrite page:  and email suggestions for future Bookie Talks to 

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