Margate Bookie 2019

The friendly literature festival by the sea, Margate Bookie, is back for its fifth year, with a line up that’s bigger and better than ever.

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Friday 22 – Sunday 24 November 2019

Friday 22 – Sunday 24 November 2019

Free – £10
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Turner Contemporary Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG
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History, seaside, postcards and crime combine in a brilliant line up for Margate Bookie’s fifth year

Headliners are Mark Billingham, creator of the Tom Thorne crime series, and Lisa Jewell, who’s sold over 4.5million copies of her psychological thrillers. They’re joined by Louis de Bernières (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin), Alison Weir (the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom) and Richard Skinner (head of the Faber & Faber academy).

In a unique event for the Turner Contemporary, Tom Jackson from Postcards From The Past hosts a live podcast with Karen Shepherdson who co-authored Seaside Photographed with Val Williams and co-curated the 2019 Seaside: Photographed exhibition at Turner Contemporary. Travis Elborough, author of Wish You Were Here and described by The Guardian as ‘one of the country’s finest pop culture historians’ discusses working class culture alongside Melanie McGrath, writer of Pie and Mash down the Roman Road. And in an intoxicating hour of burlesque, ballet and banana dancing, SelfMadeHero and Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School team up for a unique life drawing experience.

Other events include bookish games, the Bookie poetry slam, a literary walk, instant theatre and our famous popup bookshop. There are plenty of creative writing courses, movies and installations to fire your imagination,

The festival takes place from Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th November. To find out more go to MargateBookie.com.

Full line-up and tickets available via Margate Bookie’s Eventbrite.

About Margate Bookie

The Margate Bookie is a registered charity (number 1174819) which works to encourage a love of literature. We’ve held a literary festival in Margate every year since 2015. Lovingly looked after by Andreas Loizou.