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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.

Afternoon Tea with Lisa Cutts and William Shaw

WestgateLit is proud to announce that an Afternoon Tea with authors Lisa Cutts and William Shaw will be held at 3pm on Saturday 30th March 2019 in the Function Room, Town Hall Buildings, St Mildred’s Road, Westgate-on-Sea, CT8 8RE (above the Carlton Cinema).

This unique event offers the opportunity to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with Lisa and William as they talk about their careers as authors. Afterwards there will be time for questions and to buy autographed copies of their books.

Author Lisa Cutts

Lisa Cutts is a full-time detective constable investigating murders for a living. She writes with her insider knowledge from the heart of the incident room. She is the author of the DC Nina Foster series, Never Forget which was the winner of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award 2014 and Remember, Remember. Mercy Killing was published in 2016 and is the first in a new series of East Rise Incident Room crime novels and features some new characters together with a few more familiar ones. The second in the series, Buried Secrets was released in 2017 and the third, Lost Lives was released in November 2018.

Author William Shaw

William Shaw is the author of Salt Lane which launched a new series featuring DI Alex Cupidi whose first appearance was in The Birdwatcher, set in Kent and Northern Ireland. Amongst his other work is the Breen and Tozer series which launched with A Song from Dead Lips, followed by A House of Knives and A Book of Scars. Of the fourth in the series, Sympathy for The Devil, the Daily Mail said, ‘Shaw goes from strength to strength, while making it all seem effortless.’ Before writing crime, William was a music journalist and the author of several non-fiction books including Westsiders: Stories of the Boys in the Hood and A Superhero For Hire.

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.

Afternoon Tea with Julie Wassmer

Author Julie Wassmer
Author Julie Wassmer

WestgateLit is proud to announce an Afternoon Tea with Julie Wassmer will be held at 3pm on Sunday 24th February 2019 in the Function Room, Town Hall Buildings, St Mildred’s Road, Westgate-on-Sea, CT8 8RE (above the Carlton Cinema).

This unique event offers the opportunity to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with Julie as she talks about her career as an author.  Afterwards there will be time for questions and to buy autographed copies of her books. Julie has written on ITV’s London’s Burning, C5’s Family Affairs and EastEnders.  Her 2010 memoir, More Than Just Coincidence, entered the Sunday Times Best Selling Non-Fiction Top Twenty and went on to become Mumsnet Book of the Year. Her debut crime novel, The Whitstable Pearl Mystery, was published in 2015 and has been followed by four more titles in the crime series of which the Daily Mail writes: “While Oxford had Morse, Whitstable, famous for its oysters, has Pearl . . . True to the tradition of classic crime, Julie Wassmer weaves a strong story into a setting that has more to offer than murder and mayhem….A tried-and-tested crime recipe with Whitstable flavours that makes for a Michelin-starred read.”

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

This event is SOLD OUT

Westgate Lit Short Story Competitions 2019

In the months before the main event, Westgate Lit will be running a short story competition with different age categories for children and adults, with the winners and runners-up announced during the Festival.

The first of these competitions is now live – The Dee May Award for Fiction is a short story competition for writers over the age of 65 with the theme being “The Concept of Aging”. Submission details and further information is available on The Dee May Award for Fiction Competition Page.

Other short story categories for children and adults with the theme “Westgate-on-Sea” will follow soon on the competition page.