Margate Bookie: Children’s centre donation and free story-telling sessions for little ones

Andreas and daughter Helena with Gemma Shepherd, Childcare Services Manager (left) and Jan Collins, Chair of the Margate Children’s Centre (right).

The Margate Bookie festival has launched its children’s storytelling sessions by donating more than 250 new books to an isle children’s centre.

 Founder of the literary charity, Andreas Loizou, took his daughter Helena to meet the team at Margate Children’s Centre in Dane Valley and presented them with a large selection of books for children of all ages.

Andreas said: “The books were given by supporters who are keen to help us encourage a love of reading, particularly amongst young people. The Margate Children’s Centre has a popular and well-used library, so we know the books will be read and enjoyed.”

Bookie festival children’s fun

The Margate Bookie returns from May 5-7 with a special Spring festival at Turner Contemporary. The programme includes fun and creative sessions with local children’s authors and experts:

From 10:30am to 11:30am on Saturday, May 5, Margate mum-of-three and author Tamara Rattigan will hold a storytelling session to captivate children aged three and above. Tamara is the author of illustrated storybook Everybody’s Special.

On Sunday, May 6, from 10:15am to 11:15am, happiness expert Vanessa King is on hand with activities and advice to help children feel happier. Vanessa is the creator of the Ten Keys for Happier Living.

On Monday, May 7, Sam Gayton is back with his popular fanzine-making class from 11:30am to 12:30pm. This session is suitable for children aged seven and over. From 4pm to 5pm Dosh Archer will help children aged three and over to create new storybook characters.

These sessions are free for Thanet residents but places should be booked in advance at

Children must be accompanied by an adult.