Bookie’s books for World Book Day

Three books stacked on top of one another, with the top book lying open.

We’ve all got a favourite childhood story we loved growing up. And for those of us that never grew up, they’re still that go-to story on those special occasions of memories and nostalgia.

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of World Book Day, Margate Bookie asked its incredible team what their cherished children’s books are and why.

Writing Journey with Sheryl Garratt

Sheryl Garratt - workshop lead at Writing Journey

For more than 30 years, Sheryl Garratt has earned her living as a writer. Starting off at the NME while still at school, she moved on and up quickly, becoming editor of The Face and then the Observer magazine. Having now left office politics altogether, she’s returned to freelancing, writing for the Guardian, Times, Telegraph, […]

Writing Journey with Francesca Baker

Francesca Baker, workshop lead at Writing Journey

An eclectic writer, avid reader and passionate word lover, Francesca Baker ’s been a key part of Margate Bookie since 2017. She’s never happier than when she’s in a library or clutching a notebook. As Virginia Woolf said ‘my head is a hive of words that won’t settle.’ So, Francesca puts them to use, exploring […]

Writing Journey with Rosie Wilby

Rosie Wilby, workshop lead at Writing Journey

Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian who’s appeared many times on BBC Radio 4 programmes including Woman’s Hour and Loose Ends, and at major festivals including Latitude and Glastonbury. Rosie’s first book Is Monogamy Dead? was shortlisted for the Diva Literary Awards 2017 and longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2018. It was inspired […]

Writing Journey with Annie Sutton

Annie Sutton, workshop leader for Writing Journey

Annie Sutton is a Director, Theatre Maker and Practitioner. She gained a PGCE (distinction) in Film and Drama and is Lecoq trained. Annie has worked for over 25 years in the Creative Arts Industry. And she is still learning. As an international theatre practitioner/maker, she’s made and directed over thirty ensemble projects with young people […]

Writing Journey with Chloe Timms

Chloe Timms, author, presenter, and workshop runner for our Writing Journey series.

Chloe Timms, whose debut novel The Seawomen is being published in June 2022, ran the first of our Writing Journey workshops. We caught up to find out what our young creatives got from the session.

Writing Journey with Sam Gayton

Margate Bookie Writing Journey. Aged 18 - 25? Join us online for six inspiring and fun workshops led by local professionals and release your writing. Tuesdays, 12 - 2pm. 2 November - 7 December 2021. Online, via Zoom. For more information, email, or visit

Sam Gayton, the mastermind behind this year’s Writing Journey gives us an insight as to what he’s hoping our young creatives will get out of these masterclasses and how it helps everyone involved.

Writing Journey – Killer First Lines

Sam Gayton is a children’s writer and a playwright based in Margate. He teaches creative writing on the University of Kent access course, leads workshops for young people and family and has been a part of the Margate Bookie since our early days. Donna Coyte is the Access and Adult Learning Manager at the University […]