The Margate Bookie, the friendly local litfest, celebrates five years of big name authors and book-based activities in 2019.  Creative writing workshop and poetry slams will enliven and invigorate the seaside town through a wonderful programme of word focused events.

Write UP! is a full weekend of creative writing courses on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July at Margate Adult Education Centre. It’s a great way to get creating, learn from inspiring authors and meet new friends, right in the heart of the town.

Programme director Francesca Baker has put together an amazing bill of local names. “There’s so much talent in Thanet these days. Where else can you be inspired by BBC Comedy Writer Dale Shaw (Russell Howard’s Good News, Mitchell and Webb) and local legend Iain Aitch (A Fete Worse Than Death and We’re British, Innit) for a fiver?”

Other sessions include Creativity with Julie E Pratt, one of the country’s leading authorities on journaling, World Building with CCCU’s Justin Brown and Finding Melody with Connor Sansby, local poet and publisher extraordinaire. The weekend will be hosted by Folkestone based poet Dave James Horn. 

On the evening of Saturday 27th July Connor Sansby hosts a very special Bookie Slam at Elsewhere. The headliner, Neelam Saredia-Brayley, writes poetry about gender, sexuality and flipcharts! She’s followed by ten of Kent’s finest slammers, taking to the stage to earn their shot at the Kent Poetry Championship. The Bookie Slam has made a name for itself as a highlight in the UK poetry scene.

There’s a big winter Bookie at Turner Contemporary from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th November. Headliners include Richard Skinner (Faber & Faber), Lesley Kara (The Rumour) and Sebastian Baczkiewicz who writes the BBC Radio 4 fantasy drama Pilgrim. Bookie favourites Elise Valmorbida (Madonna of the Mountains) and Vanessa King (Ten Keys to Happier Living) will show us how to be more creative. Tom Jackson will talk about Postcards from the Past, Scott Pack will run a Guardian Masterclass on Getting Publishedand Kerry Hudson (Lowborn) will perform in a chippie!

This will be the sixth Margate Bookie festival and once again Margate will be packed with inspiring writers and creative writing teachers. 

Andreas Loizou, founder of the Margate Bookie, is knocked out by the festival’s success. “We’re overjoyed that the Margate Bookie’s blend of great authors, iconic venues and relaxed vibe is so popular. We began life in a single room at Resort Studios in 2015 and now host events, courses and retreats all year round.”

Get your tickets at

Tickets for Write UP! are £5 for individual workshops and £25 for all six workshops plus the Bookie Slam.
All workshops take place at Margate Adult Education Centre;
1-3 Hawley Square, Margate, Kent, CT9 1PF
The Bookie Slam takes place at Elsewhere, 21-22 The Centre, Margate, Kent, CT9 1RL.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here