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Margate Bookie

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History, seaside, postcards and comedy combine in a stellar line-up for Margate Bookie’s fifth year.

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.

Headliners are Mark Billingham, creator of the Tom Thorne crime series, and Alison Weir, the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom. They’re joined by Louis de Bernières (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) and Richard Skinner, head of the Faber & Faber novel writing academy.

Top names include Tom Jackson, the man behind the cult Twitter and books Postcards From The Past. You’ll get a chance to meet superstar psychological novelists like Nicci Cloke (Toxic), Sunday Times No 1 Bestsellers Renee Knight (Disclaimer) and Lesley Kara (The Rumour), as well as SJ Watson who wrote Before I Go To Sleep which was turned into a movie starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.

The festival takes place from Friday 22 nd – Sunday 24 th November at Turner Contemporary, The Sands Hotel and the Margate School.

The Margate Bookie is a registered charity (number 1174819) which works to encourage a love of literature. It’s lovingly looked after by author Andreas Loizou and now runs festivals, courses and retreats. To book tickets go to


Dates: Friday 22 – Sunday 24 November

Venues: Turner Contemporary, The Sands Hotel and the Margate School.


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