Westgate Literary Festival is proud to announce that Gary Studley is the Poet in Residence for the coming 2019 Festival. Gary will be running a series of workshops, performing his own work and observing and inspiring the creative process at the Festival. Gary has provided a detailed Mission Statement for the Poet In Residence and you can read that here.
Gary’s experience and credentials speak for themselves, his creative bio is listed on the Festival Guest page under Gary Studley, and the Festival is enormously excited and privileged to have him on board!
Yesterday’s Afternoon Tea with Lisa Cutts and William Shaw was a huge success. Not only were we sold out, but the event itself was a fantastic afternoon of sumptuous afternoon tea and fascinating and funny conversation with these two outstanding Crime Authors. Read just a few of the messages we’ve received after the event!
WestgateLit is proud to announce that an Afternoon Tea with Lesley Cookman will be held at 3pm on Saturday 25th May 2019 at The Centre, Alpha Road, Birchington, KENT, CT7 9EG.
Lesley started writing almost as soon as she could read, and filled many Woolworth’s exercise books with pony stories until she was old enough to go out with boys. Since she’s been grown up, following a varied career as, among other things, a model, air stewardess and disc jockey, she’s written short fiction and features for a variety of magazines, achieved an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Wales, taught writing for both Kent Adult Education and the WEA and edited the first Sexy Shorts collection of short stories from Accent Press in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign. The Libby Sarjeant series is published by Accent Press, who also publish her book, How to Write a Pantomime, with a foreword by Roy Hudd. Lesley is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers’ Association. She has also written pantomimes and a Music Hall Musical, all of which have been performed all over the country.
Our Afternoon Tea With… events start at 3pm with the Author’s talk and afternoon tea is served at 4pm. The Bar will be open from the beginning of the event so why not treat yourself to a glass of something nice while you listen to the fascinating talk.
Tickets are priced at £17 per head and includes a full afternoon tea comprising a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes. Prosecco will also be available for purchase at the bar as an extra special touch! Spaces are limited so early booking is strongly advised and please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
In response to our customers’ requests we’ve streamlined the ticket purchasing system and created and released a new Ticket Office Help page to help you make your ticket purchases through our website and PayPal. You do NOT need to have a PayPal account as you can pay us by card as a Guest without logging into PayPal.
Afternoon Tea with Julie Wassmer on the 24th February 2019 is now SOLD OUT. For forthcoming “Afternoon Tea With….” Events with Authors of note please check our Events Pages, our Twitter Feed @WestgateLitFest, and FaceBook “Westgate Literary Festival 2019”. You may wish to join the Westgate Literary Festival mailing list found on our Contact Page. The Westgate Literary Festival and Gina May Events will not pass your information on to any other organisation without your express permission. You will only be contacted regarding Westgate Literary Festival related events and coming events, courses and classes from Gina May Events.
Lisa Cutts, one of our guest authors at the Westgate Literary Festival, and at the coming Afternoon Tea with Lisa Cutts and William Shaw – Saturday 30th March in Westgate-on-Sea reveals to the Sunday Express how working as a Police Detective lead her to write murder mysteries. Come and meet Lisa and William at the Afternoon Tea to find out more. Tickets available from our online Ticket Office.
We are very pleased to announce that at our special event “Afternoon Tea with Julie Wassmer” on Sunday 24th February, Julie will be performing an exclusive reading of excerpts from her soon to be released brand new Whitstable Pearl mystery – Murder Fest which is due out on the 9th May this year. A fantastic advance treat for attendees at the Tea. To meet Julie and experience this exclusive reading get your tickets from our online ticket office.
WestgateLit is pleased to confirm that all of the short story competitions are now open and accepting entries via our Competitions page.
The Westgate Literary Festival is running competitions with two themes. One is “Westgate-on-Sea”. This competition has five age categories; 5-7 year old New Writers, 8-11 year old Young Writers, 12-14 New Teen Writers, 15-17 Late Teen Writers, and the Adult 18+ age category. Competition rules and further details are found on the Westgate Literary Festival 2019 Short Story Competition page. Competition winners and those shortlisted will be published in the Westgate Literary Festival 2019 Short Story Anthology, and a cash prize for the 18+ category. Under 18 writers enter for free!
There is also The Dee May Award for Fiction, a special award is aimed at writers over the age of 65. Entries should be no more than 5,000 words and focus on the concept of aging. Entries cost £10 with a first prize of £100 and runner up prizes for second and third place. An extra prize for the judges’ highly commended will also be awarded. Further details are found on The Dee May Award for Fiction page.
All submissions in all categories need to have been uploaded and an entry fee paid (18+ only) per submission by midnight UK local time 31st July 2019.
WestgateLit is proud to announce that an Afternoon Tea with Tessa Boase will be held at 3pm on Saturday 27th April 2019 in the Function Room, Town Hall Buildings, St Mildred’s Road, Westgate-on-Sea, CT8 8RE (above the Carlton Cinema).
Tessa Boasegrew up on the Ashdown Forest, Sussex; studied English at Oxford and Italian in Florence; and has worked for a variety of magazines and national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph.
As a freelance journalist she’s written widely on society, the environment, the food chain, and the link between all three. As a narrative non-fiction author, her interests lie in uncovering stories of invisible women from the 19th and early 20th-centuries. She lives with her family in St Leonards-on-Sea.
When social historian Tessa Boase told the RSPB she wanted to write their early story, they refused to let her revisit their archives. To a former investigative journalist, this was a challenge she could not resist . . .
For half a century, from the 1870s to the 1920s, women were gripped by a fashion craze that decreed all hats should be laden with feathers. Not just feathers, but wings, bird and whole bodies of birds – often several birds at a time. Species the world over were slowly brought to the brink of extinction, and all for the sake of millinery. Campaigning on behalf of the birds was a small band of angry woman with a splendidly simple goal. They were going to stamp out the fashion for feathers in hats.
Leading the battle in Britain was a fearsome Hythe woman who has not been remembered by history. Her name was Etta Lemon, and for 50 years she was the driving force behind the RSPB, Britain’s biggest conservation charity.
Join her to hear the intriguing untold story of women, birds, hats – and votes.
Tickets are priced at £17 per head and include a full afternoon tea. Prosecco will also be available for purchase as an extra special touch! Spaces are limited so early booking is strongly advised and please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
Please note that the function room is reached by stairs so may not be suitable for those with restricted mobility.