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The Margate Bookshop Newsletter II

February: Quiet & Loud

Welcome to February's The Margate Bookshop newsletter - as Februaries usually go, it's a rather quiet time of year for me. BUT I am ridiculously excited about the noise the local poetry scene is about to make. February sees not only one but two major spoken word events: The Kent Poetry Championship Slam will be held at Elsewhere in Margate, after which our good friends at the Bookie Slam will be hitting the road and joining the Faversham Literary Festival. Find more details below! The Margate Bookshop pop-up will be back in town early March, in the meantime here are some highlights for the month.

New Stock and The Margate Bookshop Recommends:
Salt on Your Tongue by Charlotte Runcie | From Canongate Books
I have a new desire to connect more with the sea following the New Year's Day dip in Walpole Bay. For centuries the sea has inspired folktales, myths, art, literature, music and wandering sailors. Charlotte Runcie's Salt on Your Tongue: Women and the Sea is a reflection on what the sea means to us, and particularly what it has meant to women through the ages. The book has been described as a "motherhood memoir-cum-nature journal" drawing upon literary figures and tracing a course from ancient Greece, through 18th-century shell grottoes, right up to the present day. BUY HERE
Rough Stuff Cycling in the Alps
From Isola Press

Rough Stuff Cycling in the Alps is a guide book originally published in 2002 (well, in a limited run of 100 copies). It preserved the collective wisdom of generations of cyclists who pioneered riding the “rough stuff” - riders who headed into the high peaks armed only with touring bikes and rucksacks, sandals and floppy hats, crossing mountain ranges and joining up famous cols on little-known gravel tracks, dirt trails and even glacier climbs. This new edition from Isola Press includes maps as well as photographs from the original Rough-Stuff Fellowship Archive. BUY HERE
Currently Reading... Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov
This year I'm committing myself to alternating non-fiction books with fiction. Generally I read a lot more non-fiction than novels, and this reflects on the curation of my stock. I'd like to be able to broaden my recommendations, and really need to start reading some new contemporary fiction. Andrey Kurkov's Death and the Penguin doesn't really fit into the latter category, but it's what I'm currently reading. I adore a bit of gloom and a bit of crime, when it's veined with a dark sense of humour and a touch of surrealism. Death and the Penguin ticks all the right boxes for me, including the "everyman protagonist" box, and the eponymous animal, Misha the penguin, might be one of my favourite characters ever written - he often stands silently on the edge of the unfolding drama, as a comforting presence. Misha is equally sweet as he is sombre, and I've been catching myself "aww"-ing in public while I read on, sympathising and understanding his complex personality more and more. BUY HERE
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Happening soon... The Kent Poetry Championship & The Bookie Slam at Faversham Literary Festival
Local poet Harry Baker - the youngest ever World Poetry Slam Champion, and Bookie Slam 2 winner Sadie Davidson go head to head at Elsewhere on Wednesday February 13th, alongside ten slammers hoping to be next to take their shot at the Kent Poetry Championship Belt. This is guaranteed to be a night of fast-paced verbal violence and metaphorical mayhem, featuring a selection of Kent's most exciting poetry talent! Following their sold-out shows during the Margate Bookie, the Bookie Slam hits the road as part of Faversham Literary Festival. The slam kicks off on Friday February 22nd, and will be capped off with a performance from Bookie favourite, the legendary Salena Godden.
Recommended by... Writer and Podcaster Daisy Buchanan 
"When the world feels increasingly uncertain and divided, I've found a lot of warmth, joy and reassurance in a book that is all about how we can celebrate the things that bring us together. Charlie Connelly's Last Train To Hilversum is a comprehensive history of radio listening, but it's also a real love letter to those magic voices in the dark that can make us feel close to something special and significant, no matter where we are. As a broadcaster and life long radio fan, Charlie weaves his own story throughout the book, which features fascinating interviews with some of the most notable names in radio. This is a rare and special book - the detail and level of research is impressive and absorbing, but it's the way Connelly evokes the intimacy of listening that pulls the reader straight into the story."
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