Margate Festival Poetry Micro-Residencies

Those who have kept a close eye on our social media will notice we’ve begun promoting the Poetry Micro-Residency scheme as part of Margate Festival 2018.

This project sees poets from around Kent partnered with a business in Margate. The businesses provide space for the poet to work, where they might be inspired by the world around them to create new works.

This scheme was inspired by the busking poets of Central Park in New York, writing poetry on the spot for passers by. As the theme of this years festival is “NOW!”, this seems especially relevant.

This scene couldn’t happen without the support of our partners Thanet Writers and the Margate Bookie, or our sponsors Margate Festival, Turner Contemporary, Dreamland and Kent County Council.

For more on the project, please read the articles on Isle of Thanet News regarding the project.
Poets and a Blue Bird Torpedo typewriter popping up at cafes, bars and attractions for the Margate Festival 2018
Seb Reilly: They don’t make them like they used to
Thanet Writers
Margate Festival Poet-in-Residence Scheme
For the most up-to-date news, be sure to check our events page.

The following are the poets and venues taking part in the Margate Festival Poet-in-Residence scheme.

14th September
Derek Sellen at Urchin Wines

15th September
Seb Reilly at Cliffs

16th September
Mary Anne Smith at The Lifeboat

17th September
Joshua Cialis at The BottleShop

18th September
Barry Fentiman-Hall at Cinque Ports

19th September
Penny Tigerlily Lane at Elsewhere

20th September
Louise O’Connell at Clayspace

21st September
Maggie Harris at Sands Hotel

22nd September
Kirsty Louise Farley at Gordon House

23rd September
Setareh Ebrahimi at Roundabout Theatre

24th September
Gary Studley at Dreamland

25th September
Simon Medhurst at Shell Grotto

26th September
Sam Fentiman-Hall at Turner Contemporary

27th September
David Dykes at The Old Post Office

28th September
Angela Dye at Margate Bookie

29th September
Alex Vellis at Margate Bookie

30th September
Matthew Munson at Margate Bookie

The response so far has been phenomenal. Once the scheme concludes, we will begin assessing future projects of this nature.