Here you'll find out what we're thinking and doing to support the arts, share learning across the health and social care sector and act on the climate crisis.

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1 Dec 2019
Jessica Rose

Margate Bookie festival, which ran from 23 to 26 November to coincide with the Turner Prize at Margate's Turner Contemporary, was our biggest and best Bookie yet. Of course it had the headline authors Alison Weir, Louis de Bernieres and Mark Billingham as well as Bookie favourites Vanessa King, Elise Valmorbida and Richard Skinned. Plus, it had the incredible Inua Ellams and local slam champions battling it out for the Bookie Slam belt. The real magic, though, was not about headliners or book sales.

6 Jul 2019
Jessica Rose

There's a certain joy many of us get from being around books. With so much of our lives now online, the experience of picking up a physical book and entering into someone else's world is immensely satisfying.

So when Francesca Wilkins told me she'd found a home for The Margate Bookshop - a bookshop that had existed in online and pop-up form until now - I couldn't have been more excited.

In the heart of Margate's Old Town, the new Margate Bookshop opened last month and it is a beautiful space full of books that delight customers from Thanet and further afield. 

Margate Bookshop Writers' Room logo
6 Apr 2019
Jessica Rose

Shop Front Margate at 161 Northdown Road was one of 50+ arts venues worldwide to host a Letters to the Earth event on Friday 12 April 2019 in conjunction with Co-relate and Margate Bookie.

More than 50 theatres, arts venues and community spaces across the world, including the Liverpool Everyman, Bath’s Walcot Chapel, Aberdeen Performing Arts in the UK, to venues in Zambia and Canada, Latvia and New Zealand, will host readings of the Letters to the Earth as part of a day of action.

Letters to the Earth logo
27 Mar 2019
Jessica Rose

Co-relate is supporting climate action in Margate alongside Extinction Rebellion and Culture Declares Emergency because we have no doubt humans have precipitated a global environmental emergency that includes:

  • mass extinction of species
  • climate change and extreme weather
  • plastic pollution in our oceans and drinking water

just to name a few. We believe this calls for global action from organisations large and small, Governments and individuals. 

Any action we take will be non-violent and will seek to use creativity and co-creation to raise awareness of the issues and what people can do in response. 

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5 Dec 2018

Co-relate teamed up once more with Margate Bookie for the Autumn 2018 Festival—what could be described as the most successful and friendliest lit yet!

The festival was a jam-packed three days of workshops, talks, and performances. What made the experience even more special was our team of enthusiastic and eager local volunteers. Co-relate always strives to make sure that each volunteer gets the most out their experience, fine tuning roles so that they are related to the future goals and aspirations of every individual. Of course volunteers also had free time to explore and participate themselves in between their shifts to really get the most out of chatting to experts and fellow writers and book lovers ...

margate bookie 2018 volunteering co-relate corelate blog