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The Deep Blue Me - Margate Bookie Lit Fest (Sat)

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Cafe at Stratford International

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Stratford

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E20 1YY

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In conjunction with Margate Bookie Festival:

A unique literary seaside experience as we go on a journey - in every sense - from London to Margate.

Supported by the Arts Council England


"Meet best-selling writers and debut authors from Margate and beyond!

The Margate Bookie is all about encouraging people to read more and get involved in writing at all levels and across all genres."


Crowd enjoying Margate Bookie author talk


Artist, activist, writer, performer and tour guide Simon Cole has been nipping down to Margate from London for some time to decompress and reconnect with creativity. Increasingly he’s become aware that the journey itself is a key part of the process.

Exploring London’s connection to Margate and then using this as a jumping-off point into other worlds he’ll combine art, travel and literature to create a multidimensional experience that ends with a short writing exercise.

Using a range of readings, a touch of tour guiding and a peppering of psychogeography, we’ll travel geographically, philosophically and environmentally as we reinvent the Victorian seaside daytrip.


Lots of fun to be had in Margate

SATURDAY EVENT (See Fri if you're unable to make this):

Start your Margate literary experience with a coffee and a short book reading at Stratford International station (concourse cafe) at 8am before we join a train (8.32am) and – using the journey as the inspiration – enjoy a mix of some short writing exercises and readings and watch the Thames Estuary fly by. You'll see it in a new light after a little psychogeographical prompting! This is where we can also get to know each other.


Why the early start? We arrive for the start of a FREE TS Eliot walk that's the first event of that day's Margate Bookie literary festival. Once at Margate there's a raft of brilliant activities (many free) to float everyone's boat (see here for details). There'll be some more stimulus to write, reflect or ponder when we get there, or to just breathe out... You're free to stay with the group or branch off and do your own thing.

Great Margate pub fun

We'll process what we've learned at a quirky Margate pub and enjoy an evening beer before taking one of the last trains home (unless you're doing your own thing of course), the 9:30pm train back to London (11am at Stratford).

If you're travelling alone, then we can hang out all day. If you want to dip in and out, that's also great.

Margate Bookie Half Day Holidays

FAQs:

Rail tickets are not included. If you come early enough, we can divide into small groups to take advantage of big Groupsave discounts. BUT you must come back with the same people, so this ties you to a particular return train. Network railcards are accepted and can also be used to bring several friends (again they need to travel together).

If buying your own tickets, all the trains we are scheduled to use take the HS1 via Herne Bay routing which is slightly cheaper. If travelling via Canterbury and Ramsgate, please ensure you buy the correct ticket type.

You can join us en route. Currently we have no special carriage reservations. Nearer the time I will make it clear how to find me (eg a flag) throughout the day.

If you'd like to alter the schedule (come later, leave earlier) that's fine, just buy the right ticket (Southeastern).


PLEASE ALLOW TIME FOR BUYING TICKETS OR PLEASE BUY YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE SO YOU DON'T MISS THE TRAIN!


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