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Back by popular demand: The Margate Bookie Litfest

The Margate Bookie Litfest returns on 20th and 21st August 2016 with an amazing selection of literary treats. Highlights include Emmy-winning comedy writer David Quantick; former chair of the Royal Literary Society Maggie Gee; and Margate-born poet Salena Godden. Events take place at iconic venues across Margate, including the glamorous Sands Hotel, Turner Contemporary, Bernie’s Chocolate Bar and the uber-trendy Resort Studios.


Find inspiration 

Jay Rayner delivers his Ten Food Commandments explaining, amongst other things, why thou shalt always eat with thy hands and worship the humble pig.

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Author of Stasi Child, David Young, will share videos of real-life escapes and never-seen-before pictures of the locations that inspired him to write the chilling Cold War thriller. David’s talk is part of the Bookie’s new Crimewave programme which also features Thanet-born Sophia Tobin, whose novel The Widow’s Confession is set in 1850’s Broadstairs.

Author of twelve novels, Maggie Gee will open the Literary Lounge. Jude Cook and Samantha Ellis (who read at last year’s Bookie) will be joined by the likes of debut novelist Emma Claire Sweeney (whose novel Owl Song at Dawn, inspired by her autistic sister, was released on 29th June) and Amy Sackville, who teaches creative writing at the University of Kent.


Learn new skills 

For aspiring novelists and writers we are offering a series of workshops and masterclasses during the Bookie.

Screenwriter, author and all round funny guy, Paul Dornan, is leading a masterclass on comic writing. Paul’s special guest is Simon Nye, who wrote Men Behaving Badly. 

Sebastian Baczkiewicz – who has written more than 40 plays for Radio 4 – will present a fun and interactive session on getting into TV and radio drama.

And there’s more. Budding writers can learn about creating ‘flash fiction’ and be guided through the process of writing a short story, meet a publisher and find out what it takes to get a book to print, and get a glimpse into the fascinating world of literary translation.

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Encouraging young readers 

This year, a children’s storytelling morning has been added to the Bookie line up. As well as a reading of the Gruffalo, Sam Gayton, author of Hercufleas, and Dosh Archer of Urgency Emergency fame, will share their stories for children.

While the kids are having fun, journalist and author of four parenting books, Liat Hughes Joshi, will share her tips on getting children to turn off their gadgets and enjoy real life.


Andreas Loizou on why he set up Margate Bookie:

“As a kid growing up in Margate I had people around me who encouraged me to read and inspired me to write. I want children – and adults – to still have that today. If the Bookie can help children to find a love of books and keep reading as they get older, then I have done what I have set out to do. For adults it’s more about providing access to writing workshops and routes to publishers. Writing builds skills. It creates confidence, happiness and positivity. I know that from my own experiences and want other people to find it too.

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“I’m delighted the Margate Bookie is proving to be so popular. I always knew a litfest in England’s coolest town would be a winner, but I’ve been knocked out by the amazing feedback from our audience. Many of our authors and publishers fell in love with Margate last year and have already booked to join us again this time.”

Tickets for Margate Bookie are available now. Thanks to generous support from the Arts Council and Thanet District Council, sessions are offered either free of charge or at a heavily discounted rate.

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