Westgate Literary Festival 2019 Poet in Residence Gary Studley

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!

Afternoon Tea with Lisa Cutts and William Shaw a Huge Sell Out Success!

Crime Authors William Shaw and Lisa Cutts, © Westgate Literary Festival, 2019

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!

Afternoon Tea with Lisa Cutts and William Shaw © Westgate Literary Festival 2019

We are looking forward to the next event, Afternoon Tea with Tessa Boase, 27th April 2019, and the one after, Afternoon Tea with Lesley Cookman, 25th May 2019. Tickets are flying off the digital shelves so book early to avoid disappointment, the Afternoon Tea with Tessa Boase in April is already in short supply so don’t miss out!

 

Afternoon Tea with Lisa Cutts and William Shaw – SOLD OUT!

Afternoon Tea with Lisa Cutts and William Shaw on the 30th March 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”. If you would like to go on the waiting list please email events@ginamay.co.uk right away!

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.

New Help Page for our Ticket Office

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.

As ever, if you experience any difficulties please contact events@ginamay.co.uk

 

Afternoon Tea with Julie Wassmer – SOLD OUT

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.

Exclusive Reading – Julie Wassmer “Murder Fest”

Author Julie Wassmer
Author Julie Wassmer

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.

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Westgate Literary Festival 2019 Short Story Competitions now open!

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.

Afternoon Tea with Tessa Boase

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).

Author Tessa Boase

Tessa Boase grew 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.

For more information contact events@ginamay.co.uk or telephone 07828199547

To book tickets for this event please go to our Ticket Office.

Dee May Award for Fiction – now accepting submissions

WestgateLit is now accepting submissions for The Dee May Award for Fiction short story competition. Entrants must be 65 or older, and the subject matter is the concept of aging – how you deliver that is up to you! Submissions must be no longer than 5000 words, and uploaded in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format via our submission system here at WestgateLitFest. 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.

All submissions must be original, and by submitting your story you are granting WestgateLit First British Serial Rights to publish. Entries must be accompanied by proof of payment as per the instructions on the submission page.

Ticket Office Now Open

WestgateLit is very pleased to announce that our new Ticket Office is now open for the purchasing of tickets to WestgateLit events. So far you can buy tickets to the Afternoon Tea With Julie Wassmer and the Afternoon Tea with Lisa Cutts and William Shaw.

The ticket system connects you through to PayPal, but don’t worry if you haven’t got an account as if you checkout as a guest you can pay with most major credit and debit cards.