This is how you can become one of the stories at the Margate Bookie festival

Margate Bookie takes place next month

Whether it’s the glamour of the Edwardian era, the Mods and Rockers of the 60s, or the arts movement of recent years, Margate is a town with a fascinating social history.

As part of the Margate Bookie literary festival, which returns next month, organisers want you to tell them the town’s hidden secrets…and maybe some of your own.

Author Adrian Cross is curating Dreamland or Wasteland, a collection of stories about the UK’s finest seaside resort. Regale him with your true tales of memorable events, fun, scandal, crime, culture, chance encounters, local characters, old times, modern times, crazy times. The festival wants to collect as wide a variety of stories as possible.

To get involved, you can email your story to before the festival. Alternatively turn up at one of the drop-in events below and Adrian will record your recollections, which will be written up ready for inclusion in the anthology.

Thursday 17 August

Turner Contemporary 3pm-4pm

The Lifeboat, Old Town, Margate 6.30pm-7.30pm

Friday 18 August

Turner Contemporary 1.30pm-3pm

Morgan’s, High Street, Margate 5.30pm-7pm

Saturday 19 August

Bernie’s Chocolate Bar, High Street, Margate 2pm-3.30pm

Sunday 20 August

Turner Contemporary 3pm-4pm

If you would rather listen to someone else’s seaside stories, author Iain Aitch will give you a glimpse into his Margate on Friday 18 August.

Walk with him around the harbour wall and into the Old Town area while he talks you though the town’s alternative history. From Graham Swift’s novel, Last Orders to Eric Morecambe via a few seaside scams, you’re sure to learn something you didn’t already know.

The walking tour – which is free of charge – sets off from Turner Contemporary at 4pm on Friday 18 August and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Find out more about Margate Bookie here