Two author events lined up for February by The Margate Bookshop

The Margate Bookshop owner Francesca is to host two public events

The Margate Bookshop is organising two author events next month.

The first is an evening with poet and author Andrew McMillan as he discusses his hotly anticipated debut novel, Pity.

The event will be held on Friday, 9th February at Fort Road Bar, Fort Road Hotel from 7pm-9pm. Free entry.

Set in the former mining town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Pity tells the story of three generations of the same family. Stripped-back and lyrical, it deals with history, secrets and inherited social trauma, begging the question, who gets to tell what story, about what place, at what time?

Andrew McMillan’s poetry has won the Guardian first book and Somerset Maugham awards, as well as the Polari prize for LGBTQ+ literature. Pity, his debut novel, has been highly praised by the likes of Douglas Stuart and Max Porter.

The second event is a book signing with Alice Oseman, creator of the number one bestselling Heartstopper series.

This event takes place on Saturday, 17th February at The Margate Bookshop, 11am-12:30pm. The ticket price includes a copy of the book.

Heartstopper Volume 5 is the fifth volume of the series, the bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novels about life, love, and everything in between:

Nick and Charlie are very much in love. They’ve finally said those three little words, but with Nick going off to university next year, is everything about to change?

Created by the acclaimed author-illustrator Alice Oseman, winner of the YA Book Prize, the Heartstopper series is a global phenomenon. The graphic novels have sold over 8 million copies worldwide, achieving instant #1 spots on both The Sunday Times and the New York Times bestseller lists. It is now an Emmy award-winning, BAFTA-nominated live-action Netflix adaptation starring Kit Connor and Joe Locke, written and executive produced by Alice Oseman.


Pity with Andrew McMillan:

Alice Oseman book signing:


  1. Fiction? Grrrr. Makes my salty old gammon boil. Let alone LGBT +++×÷/? fiction. Almost as bad as all this “art” the DFLs keep inflicting on us.. Grrrr, again. Personally I’d rather read a meticulously researched non fiction book about an old 60s pop act, like Brian Toole and the Kermits or Herman’s
    Tremeloes, or perhaps Ready Steady Go! The lost episodes, 1963-66. Great bedtime reading. Zzzz.

  2. How about a book of tasteful photographs of nude ladies draped over some of the balustrades on our lovely local seawalls? To really enrage the wokey snowflakes they could be tory ladies of a certain age (I doubt labour’s Diane Abbott would oblige anyway, given Ms Pink’s rather derogatory references to her in other comments). But perhaps Anne Widdecombe, Therese Coffey and Nadine Dorries would be happy to get their kit off and pose gracefully against the Nayland Rock surfboat disaster memorial, or sprawl coquettishly over Rossetti’s grave in the buff for an esteemed local tory author and photographer perhaps?

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