Margate Bookie 2017 – Day 2

It seems that the Margate Bookie has succeeded where Disney and some of the more preeminent film makers of the world have failed – the sequel being as spectacular and as amazing than the original.

Day Two kicked off with spectacular form with a children’s storytelling session presented by Dosh Archer, creator of the Urgency Emergency series. A fully booked session, with many people vying for extra spaces in the room, engaged the children and their parents with her enthusiastic approach in creating storybook characters with words and drawings alike. This combined with a deeper look at the thoughts and feelings of different characters in classic children’s tales made for an entertaining and creative beginning to the day.

The sessions of the Margate Bookie are not the only things that go on during the course of each day. Though they are a pinnacle element of the event, the sessions are but one of the many things going on at the Bookie of 2017. Throughout the course of the event, the pop-up bookshop has achieved a steady stream of interest and sales for both the authors presenting and wider reading of general interest. This room contains many other wonders however. Off to one side, and behind a bookshelf to block out the sounds beyond, Francesca Baker is busily recording her many podcasts with the visiting authors and almost everyone involved in the Bookie. I myself had the privilege of being asked to record one (which can be found on my Twitter page, @justindbrown1 ), where I was able to detail my purpose for assisting with the event, my background and my experiences in writing. I was even able to complete a cheeky shameless plug for the Creative Writing Society at Christ Church University, and give a few details about the books we have been able to self-publish. Beyond this, there are the Bookies organisers tirelessly greeting, directing, promoting, and feeding back on all materials and people coming in and out of the event. There is not a time when Andreas isn’t engaged in deep conversation, or when Gemma is fervently tapping away on her computer posting, tweeting, re-tweeting and sharing information with the world beyond.

Many local authors have graced the Margate Bookie with their presence over the course of the day. Some returning from yesterdays events to take part once more in the sessions today. Others, such as Caitlin Davies and her amazing true tale of local hero and swimming sensation Daisy Belle, come to present their stories, which are as much about the published words they bring to show as the authors experiences and discoveries while writing them.

The highlight, at least from my personal view, was the guided tour around Margate’s familiar scenery and streets with Margate’s master storyteller Iain Aitch. I met Iain last year at the Bookie session he held, and emerged from it with not only a different way of looking at the world surrounding Margate, but with my first interview with an author ( ). I was pleased when I saw Iain’s return to the Bookie and gladly volunteered to assist him with the tour. Although bad weather intervened with the arrival of a sudden and torrential downpour, circumstances prevailed and he was able to complete his talk of Margate’s alternative history from the comfort and dryness of the Sands Hotel and their spectacular seafront view. From the Mods and Rockers disquiet of the 70’s to the more recent advent of Margate’s rejuvenation, Iain’s individual and personal account of events make this a more interesting and insightful journey than history itself recounts.

I end the day with the same sense of satisfaction as I did yesterday, knowing that we reach the half way point of the Margate Bookie. It is my wish that these words find you well this evening and find that your worlds are as grand as the ones you woke this morning with. After observing all the amazing people that have been here over the last two days, and the efforts they have gone to to be where they are today, one thought still rings true in my mind and they are words that I said very briefly yesterday.

There is so much more to writing than writing.




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