Local writers now have a dedicated writers’ hub, in line with the many studio spaces and programmes available to artists in Margate, thanks to a new partnership at Marine Studios supported by Arts Council England.
The new venture provides a home to a mix of local literary organisations, writers and creatives, alongside Marine Studios’ offer of fixed desk spaces for creatives and a meeting room with enviable views of Margate Sands. Among its first residents are Margate Bookie lit fest and Babeslam founder Ellie Ward.
It seeks to be a hub for writers of all backgrounds and means and is currently recruiting for a studio assistant to help run the space.
Jessica Rose of Co-relate Communication CIC said:
“The Writers’ Room brings together writers and members of the wider creative community, providing much-needed subsidised work space and peer support for anyone working with words. We want to support the local literary ecosystem to grow alongside Margate’s vibrant art scene.”
It offers desks for low-income writers, who may not otherwise be able access to a regular work space, and provides an antidote to the often isolating experience of being a writer. Writers can also access development and support, including prose and poetry critique groups and accountability groups. They have the opportunity to attend talks by and network with industry professionals, and have access to bookable meeting rooms and peer support.
Connor Sansby, co-director of Kent Poetry CIC said:
“It’s an exciting time for both Marine Studios and the writing community in Thanet. We’re looking forward to welcoming new people and perspectives into the Writers’ Room”.
Marine Studios recently relaunched its regular events programme, First Fridays, which brings Margate’s creative community together monthly with exhibitions, talks, games and demonstrations.
The Writers’ Room launches on Friday 1 December at a First Friday event featuring Travis Elborough, author of The Writer’s Journey, alongside local writers and artists.
Kate Kneale of HKD commented:
“We are thrilled to see the Writers’ Room here at Marine Studios. We look forward to seeing its impact on our creative community, and how its writers and residents go on to shape Margate’s literary scene in the future.”
If you would like to get involved in the Writers’ Room or are interested in desk spaces or meeting space, please contact [email protected]