Literary doings on the Islae of Thanet

Have sadly neglected this blog - busy with funding applications and teaching duties - but...

Poetry is alive and kicking in Thanet and the party has only just started. The Inscribing the Island Literature Festival (www.maggieharris.co.uk/inscribingtheisland ) kickstarted activities with an open mic run by the Irish bard Paul Scuffins at the Lifeboat Ole Ale and Cider House in Margate's old town where poetry and songs spliced the salty air within spitting distance of the Turner Contemporary. This is now a monthly event on the first Tuesday of the month so get there early as space is limited! Run by landlord Julian, a hive of barrels, sawdust, comfy fireside and internet. Great buzz, check it out.

Had a brilliant evening too at the wonderful Tom Thumb Theatre (www.tomthumbtheatre.co.uk) in Cliftonville where Scandal Nights run by Emily Parrish put on a fantastic evening of storytelling, poetry and Greek music. The evenings will run the last Friday of every month so rush to take in the atmosphere, the line up, and even take part. 

Today's Valentine Poetry and Cream Tea event at Mrs Corby's Tea Rooms in Ramsgate is virtually sold out, and over in Broadstairs on March 25th 7pm at Hilderstone Adult Education Centre, there will be a Thanet Writers Launch Party sponsored by East Kent Live Lit. Join us for a drink, let us know who you are ,what you write, what you'd like to see happen. There will be a few words from Peggy Riley from East Kent Live Lit, a Hotspot Open Mic  and the launch of the mysterious journey of The Little Book of Poetry . Festival plans will be unveiled (cautiously as we're not sure that the powerful ones like us enough to fund us) including the launch of a writing competition to find a Thanet Writer and Young Thanet Writer of the Year . Yours truly, together with Poet Keith Grossmith will also be performing new poems inspired by Turner for the launch of the Turner Contemporary on board a special train from St Pancras on 15th April. That'll do fer now, off to the Cream Tea.