The Open Arms Zine Live Launch with Justin Brown

From local ‘zine aspirations to wide-spread international successes, the Margate Bookie Zine has exploded onto the literary map, We speak with Lead Editor Justin Brown about the amazing journey the Bookie Zine has taken and what he’s got in store for us at the Live Launch.   What’s The Open Arms all about? The Open […]

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

The Bookie Slam poster

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 […]

Flight from futility

Alex Vellis' book front cover. I saw a bird once published by Whisky and Beards.

I saw a bird once spreads its wings There are times when we all think of the futility in the everyday, asking ourselves what the point of everything is. We usually answer ourselves with the same old bland answers and move on with our lives, looking for new ways to go forward. I saw a […]

A timeline of the Margate Bookie Slam and the Kent Poetry Championship

Connor Sansby hosting The Margate Bookie Slam

  The Margate Bookie Poetry Slam has been a popular headliner of our litfest since the very beginning, combining poetry with the drama of a live contest. 10 poets battle it out in a heated contest, all in a bid to face off against the Kent Poetry Champion. Hosted by Bookie’s in-house poet and festival […]

The Open Arms – Submissions open

The Margate Bookie Zine Issue 3. The Open Arms. A sign of the times. Special menu. Guest ales. Great service. All welcome. Sponsored by Thanet District Council, Arts Council England, National Lottery and Catalyst.

‘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.

Sad Poets Doorstep Club Review

Sad Poets Doorstep Club promotional poster

Margate Bookie’s Sad Poets Doorstep Club, hosted by Crow Rudd and Bookie’s Young Producers still manages to amaze and inspire the poetry and spoken word community. Rick Dove relives his experience of the night with us.

A global Reset

A Global Reset – How a covid-inspired ‘zine linked Margate and Malaysia.

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.