Vanguard Readings with Adrian Cross

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.

It wouldn’t be Bookie without Vanguard. We’re so glad that year on year, they return to bring their incredible readings to our lit fest. We catch up with Adrian Cross, Bookie trustee and Vanguard host, to chat about what’s to come at this years’ Vanguard Readings.             What’s Vanguard Readings […]

The Breakup Monologues with Rosie Wilby

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Taking us into our Friday evening at June Bookie will be comedian and author Rosie Wilby. Here she shares more about her latest book The Breakup Monologues. Grab your tickets here.                 What’s The Breakup Monologues all about? The Breakup Monologues is my second book and follows many […]

The Waste Land with Richard Skinner

We’re chatting with Faber Academy Director of Fiction and novelist Richard Skinner ahead of his event at the June Margate Bookie litfest. Keep reading for his sneak preview of his The Waste Land performance and the ideas behind it.               What’s The Waste Land all about? Oooh, good question. […]

The Bookie Slam with Connor Sansby

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One of the cornerstones of the Margate Bookie litfest, The Bookie Slam always manages to bring dynamism, extraordinary performances and the top names in spoken word poetry. We check in with emcee and Slam host Connor Sansby to tell us what to expect.                 What’s the Margate Bookie […]

14 Anthology Launch with Richard Skinner

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We’re checking in with Richard Skinner ahead of his 14 Anthology Launch at the June Margate Bookie to find out who’s taking part at this amazing reading event.               What’s the 14 Anthology all about? 14 magazine is an annual poetry magazine devoted to poems of fourteen lines only […]

Renegades

Nina Telegina's new stage show, Renegades, telling of the stories of famous and great women lost to history.

The pages of history are always full of gaps and errors – and often it’s women who are omitted from the world’s memory. Some of history’s most powerful, exciting and fascinating female figures were once decorated and celebrated people in their time, but their adventures seem to have been either hidden or lost. Look through […]

5 things I learnt at my first poetry slam

‘The Bookie Slam’ – my first poetry slam – Faversham Literary Festival, 21 February 2020 First published by Liv at Liv Between The Lines. Confession time: I’m a 25-year-old bookworm and poetry reader… and until a couple weeks ago, I had never been to a poetry slam. I’ve been to bookshop readings with well-known poets. […]