Your guide to Margate Bookie Festival 2022 – The Isle Of Thanet News

Margate Bookie is back

The Margate Bookie takes place this year during the Jubilee weekend, June 2-5.

You can enjoy a range of sessions, workshops and lectures from a range of writers, authors and speakers. The lineup includes the acclaimed Bookie Poetry Slam, early children’s event novelists and established writers including Maggie Gee, Zoe Gilbert, Rosie Wilby, Jude Cook, Samantha Ellis and 2021 Costa Book of the Year winner Monique Roffey.

Maggie Gee, author of Ramsgate

Award-winning author Daisy Buchanan talks about her latest novel, Careering, with famed journalist Lauren Bravo. She says “Books have nurtured, comforted and bonded me, and I hope to share that passion and spread the message that books really are for everyone.” I think the Bookie is the perfect place to do that! »

Bringing seaside flavor is Monique Roffey and her novel The Mermaid of Black Conch. She said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to Margate. I am passionate about the sea and the seaside and I will definitely go for a walk on the beach. I also hope to share my mermaid story with the public. Please join us if you too are a creature that loves the sea.”

Photo credit Felicity Hayward. Lauren Thom

Felicity Hayward will talk about her first book, Does My Butt Look Big In This? – a manifesto of self-love and body positivity. Felicity is a social media star, one of the UK’s hottest curve models and a leading voice for change in the fashion industry.

Rosie Wilby

Comedian Rosie Wilby is the star of Friday night at the Turner Contemporary. She is excited to perform live again: “I’m really looking forward to sharing clips from The Breakup Monologues with a real live audience in a real live event. I hope the audience might even have some of their own breakup stories to share with me too. She is followed by Pete the Temp with his raucous show From Homer to Hip Hop.

Elise Valmorbida

Other names on the bill include Samantha Ellis and Emily Midorikawa discussing their book about female literary friendships A Secret Sisterhood, and creative writing sessions with Elise Valmorbida and Zoe Gilbert. We will hear from Sam Mills and his latest book The Fragments of my Father. The Festival concludes with a special reading of “The Waste Land” conducted by Richard Skinner to mark the centenary of Faber and Faber’s publication of TS Eliot’s Margate masterpiece.

Zoé Gilbert photo credit Sophie Davidson

The Margate Bookie Poetry Slam is always an epic affair. Sam Tate against Ciarán Barata-Hynes will fight for the Kent Poetry Belt on Saturday June 4 at Elsewhere, alongside eight local artists and a major headliner.

The poet of repeated rhythm

Over the past two years, the Margate Bookie fanzine has connected people across the country and even the world, and the third issue will be the first to debut live.

Bookie brings big names to Margate, and at its heart it’s about inspiring a love of literature. The registered charity supports writers at all stages of their career. Many local writers, including Chloe Timms and Isle Write, will showcase their work and tell us about their inspirations and where they went. And Bookie director and founder Andreas Loizou is launching his new book The Story is Everything.


Andreas said: “We are delighted to return with an outstanding roster of writers, authors and performers. Our team has been outstanding over the past year, we’ve had so much support from locals, and the publishing and arts industry has worked hard to maintain trust in these difficult times. It’s gonna be fun!’

Events list

Thursday, June 2

11:00 Launch of the IsleWrite anthology Contemporary Turner

The launch of IsleWrite’s twenty-third anthology, featuring writers from all walks of life. Hosted by Jill Anabona Smith, we hear about the anthology’s journey and listen to readings of some of their excellent work.

12:30 p.m. The life of a first author Contemporary Turner

Debut novelist Chloe Timms discusses her atmospheric new novel The Seawomen with Susannah Wise. She talks about what inspired her and the journey to publication, sharing her passion and writing tips.

2:00 p.m. seaside stories Contemporary Turner

Zoe Gilbert takes us on a literary journey, looking at salty folklore alongside contemporary writing, talking about how the sea can contain our losses and our hopes, our anxieties and our longings, before helping us write a new story inspired by the folklore of the deep.

3:30 p.m. Faber & Vanguard Contemporary Turner

Every year, Vanguard Readings hosts events for the Bookie and is honored to be part of them! This year they are proud to present some of the latest Faber Academy novelists.

5:30 p.m. History is everything Launch Rescue boat

The founder and CEO of Margate Bookie launches his new book, The Story is Everything. It will teach you how to grab the attention of your audience by targeting their feelings, actions and beliefs and how masters of influence appeal to our deepest emotions. An invitation-only event, email [email protected] for more information.

Friday, June 3

11am Margate Waves Right Room

12:30 p.m. The Black Conch Mermaid Contemporary Turner

Monique Roffey will travel to Margate to discuss her award-winning novel The Mermaid of Black Conch, in conversation with Amanda Smyth.

2:00 p.m. Career Contemporary Turner

Join us in celebrating the publication of Daisy Buchanan’s latest novel, Careering. She will discuss the book with author and journalist Lauren Bravo.

3:30 p.m. 14 Anthology launch Contemporary Turner

Join us in this incredible launch event as fourteen of their amazing contributors along with the five platforms 14 women will read their work in the magazine.

5:30 p.m. The breaking monologues Contemporary Turner

Rosie Wilby presents comedy and book readings to explore some of the fascinating scientific and cultural facts she learned about love while writing her books Is Monogamy Dead? and The Breakup Monologues. She will also answer your questions about your own romantic dilemmas!

6:30 p.m. Homer to Hip-Hop Contemporary Turner

Former National Slam Poetry Champion Pete ‘the Temp’ Bearder brings to life the poetic movements that have shaped history. Discover why wordsmiths have always been reviled, feared and revered, from ballad singers and Beat poets to icons of dub, punk and hip hop.

Saturday June 4

11am Margate Waves Right Rooms

12:30 p.m. The red children Contemporary Turner

Join Maggie Gee as she reads from her new book, The Red Children and talks about her life as a writer and how she has changed.

2:00 p.m. Know your own power Contemporary Turner

Dr Radha Modgil’s session will help you become more of who you really are, find joy and create the life you were born for, and most importantly learn that you are the power and authority in your own life, no matter no matter what you’re up against. .

3:30 p.m. Does my butt look big in there? Contemporary Turner

Felicity discusses the ups and downs of her life and career, shares hard-earned tips for achieving true body confidence, dispelling harmful body myths, tips for taking care of yourself mentally and navigating toxic social media .

5:30 p.m. Open Arms zine live launch Somewhere else

Continuing the great success of Margate’s enlightened zines Bookie, The Great Indoors and Reset, The Open Arms welcomes you to our first live in-person launch, an evening of celebration, incredible writers and, most importantly, the release of our incredible Zine.

7:00 p.m. The snap of the bookmakers Somewhere else

The Margate Bookie Poetry Slam returns with Sam Tate and Ciarán Barata-Hynes battling for the Kent Poetry Belt, alongside eight local artists and the incredible headliner, The Repeat Beat Poet.

Sunday June 5

11:00 Welcome foreigners Contemporary Turner

In Elise Valmorbida’s unique creative writing workshop, we will explore and cherish the exterior. We will reflect, question ourselves, write and share.

12:30 p.m. Discover past lives Contemporary Turner

Join Emily Midorikawa and Samantha Ellis for a lively discussion of their books on the Brontës, Victorian psychics, literary heroines and writer friends.

2:00 p.m. Fictions & Fragments Contemporary Turner

In our penultimate event, join novelists Jude Cook and Sam Mills as they discuss their recent books, approaches to fiction and non-fiction, life as a writer, and their paths to publication. .

3:30 p.m. land of waste Contemporary Turner

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of “The Waste Land”, the Margate Bookie, in conjunction with Vanguard Readings, is proud to present a live reading of the entire poem by award-winning Faber & Faber poets David Harsent, Richard Scott & Hannah Sullivan.

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