The Margate Bookshop – a pop-up store created by our good friend Francesca Wilkins – launched during Bookie 17.
Visitors browsed a lovingly curated selection of books which includes artist publications, photographers’ limited-edition photobooks, friendly self-help guides and illustrated maps, half-price children’s books, modern and contemporary titles relating to Bookie events, books from independent publishers and much more. The shelves were creaking under the weight of hundreds of beautiful books.
The idea of setting up a pop-up bookshop stemmed from Francesca’s desire to encourage greater involvement in reading at a time when the activity of buying and browsing books has become more impersonal. Inspired by the area’s growth of creative spaces and sense of community, Francesca is working to open her own bookshop in a dedicated space in Margate.