Welcome to The Open Arms

‘And here we are. So, who ordered the special?’ The Open Arms has opened its doors, taken your order, and now ready to serve. Welcome to our third Zine, an immense selection of great creative pieces from across the globe. With poems and prose from the UK, US, Europe, Asia and beyond, along with works […]

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 went on in his Vanguard Readings session at the June Bookie.           […]

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. https://margatebookie.com/writing-journey-returns/ https://linktr.ee/chloetimms

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 sam@margatebookie.com, or visit www.margatebookie.com/writing-journey-returns/

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 – Eye for Story

Lucy Edematie is a freelance writer and former editor of the Margate Mercury., Lucy is focuses on causes that seek to be inclusive, to unite, and to benefit society’s most vulnerable and marginalised. As part of Writing Journey, Lucy will be leading A Journalist’s Eye for a Story on May 18th, 12PM – 2PM You’ll […]

Writing Journey – Get Slamming

Connor Sansby is a poet, events producer, social artist and publisher, who founded Whiskey & Beards Publishing in 2014. Dedicated to supporting local writing talent, Connor is a big part of events and groups such as the Kentish Poetry Championship, the Bookie Slam, Tongue Punch and Thanet Poetry. As part of Writing Journey, Connor will […]