Margate Bookie 2018 - Ben Bowles

It seems like only yesterday that literary giants flocked to the May 'Bookie', but thanks to Andreas, Gemma and the team they were back for the September incarnation. 3 days of author talks, writing workshops and poetry slams made this Bookie the biggest yet, and I was delighted to capture it! 

Back by popular demand, Friday saw the Bookie Poetry Slam - headlined by the wonderful Dean Atta. It was standing room only at the Brewhouse with 10 poets taking turns to wow the crowd with their words. The standard of poetry was incredible with a vast array of subjects. A personal favourite of mine was an incredibly clever poem on making love to Theresa May. Only at the Margate Bookie eh!?!

Fresh from his headline slot the previous night, Saturday saw Dean Atta facilitating a poetry workshop at The Turner Contemporary. It was an absolute pleasure seeing him pass on his passion, knowledge and techniques to the Bookie Punters. Being so animated, Dean made it simple for me to capture the positive workshop atmosphere.

In a flash, day 3 was upon us and in true Bookie fashion, it was a diverse mix of events. John Tague ran an editing workshop, Vanessa King and Elise Valmorbida discussed creativity whilst Owen Lowery inspired the room with a short film showcasing his poetry. Amber Butchart headlined an epic final day. A packed out Turner Contemporary was hooked on her every word and who knew that Karl Marx would make it in to the top 100 dressers of all time!

To put a full stop on the Bookie was Bee's Bookshare. Held at the tucked away Beet Bar in Margate Old Town, the group discussed various books, including the newest offering from special guest Elise Valmorbida. A perfect chilled out session to end what was an inspiring and motivating Margate Bookie 2018!

The Bookie will get bigger and better every year, so be sure to follow the journey on Twitter @Margatebookie and on Insta @margatebookie. 


Benjamin x 

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