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First Friday

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CRAFT: First Friday 7 JUNE 2024

Did you know there is a UK red list of endangered crafts? We are delving into heritage crafts with English Folk artist, Celtic shaman, and magic practitioner Conker ( holding a “make your own corn dolly” drop-in workshop; Jenny Duff sharing the art of Hapa Zome (printing from plants and flowers); and the Zoe Murphy Quilting Group demonstrating quilting techniques.

We will also spotlight and celebrate some of the talented studio and desk holders here at Marine Studios – inspired by his late grandmother, Ed Garvey-Long will be bringing his hand stitched quilts; Ellie Dangerfield brings nature shrines celebrating local ecology, land connection and natural material culture to the evening; plus designer and maker, Jenny Duff, will be exhibiting her new bold and beautiful place mats and coasters, made in collaboration with Rebecca Strickson.

FREE, 6–9pm. BYO refreshments and curiosity.

Supported by Arts Council England (ACE).

Accessibility: Please note this event can only be accessed via stairs and is not wheelchair accessible.

The Writers’ Room Events

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First Friday (first Friday of the month)

Check out the poster at the top of this page for details on our next First Friday event!

Writer’s Block (usually second & fourth Friday of the month)

Friday 21st June / Friday 28th June, 9.30am-12.30pm / Marine Studios

Join us at Marine Studios for another 3-hour writing sprint with sea views! Give those projects, poems and plays the time they deserve, with a focused 3 hours of peace with like-minded writers.

DM @writersblockmargate to book your space.

Where To Start Writing (first or second Sunday of the month)

Sundays 3pm for 3.30-5.30pm, 9th June, 7th July, 8th September, 13th October / Marine Studios

A brand new writers group hosted by Rosie Johnston ( for new writers and writers who want to get back into a regular practice. The group is very light touch – no one reads aloud unless they are absolutely sure they want to – think of it less as a critique group and more of an encouragement workshop.

Margate Fiction Writers (third Monday of the month)

Monday 17th June 6.30-8.30pm / Marine Studios

Join us for a friendly and supportive prose fiction session on the Third Monday of every month at Marine Studios. Share your work, offer (and receive) constructive criticism and support fellow local scribes. Bring along 500–700 words that you’re happy to read aloud.

RSVP or questions @marinestudios_margate / email us

Margate Stanza Poetry Group (third Tuesday or Wednesday of the month)

Wednesday 19th June 6.30-8.30pm / Marine Studios

A friendly poetry critique group where you’re encouraged to bring and read a poem you’re working on and receive feedback from the group – giving and receiving constructive critique is a powerful way to improve your writing so please bring along drafts or poems with problems you want solved.

RSVP or questions @marinestudios_margate / email us

Past events

HOPE: First Friday 3 MAY 2024

In troubled times it’s hard to have hope for the future, so this month we celebrate everything hopeful, and the extraordinary ways people are paving the way for a brighter future.

Theatre maker and storyteller Bernadette Russell, will be sharing inspiring stories throughout the evening. Bed in for some soul nourishment with hope inspiring quotes, with resident librarians Dan Thompson and Connor Sansby, in our hope inspired reading room.

We are also joined by some very exciting local innovators and designers. Join Dan Thompson will be making a giant ‘Mappa Mundi’-style map of hope, which visitors will be able to contribute to.

WATER: First Friday 5 APRIL 2024

Ahead of Earth Day 2024, we are diving in to the theme of Water for our next installment of First Friday. Water means something to everyone, whether it’s the sea, rivers, rain or the water that comes out of your tap. Anyone curious about our connections with water is invited to Margate’s Marine Studios on 5 April 2024 to explore water through art, science and play.

Featuring interactive activities, exhibits and performances from coastal drag icon Shelly Grotto, Poets for the Planet, Mergate Mermaid Parade and Dan Thompson Studios.

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CENSORED: First Friday 1 MARCH 2024

We have a very special double edition of First Friday on the theme: CENSORED! As well as the (now sold out) special screening of Respectable – The Mary Millington Story at The Margate School, at Marine Studios (5.30–10pm) you can explore the world of censorship, banned books and moral panics, with a Banned Books Reading Room hosted by Connor Sansby and a 9pm adult-only performance by poet Violet Malice (think Anglo Saxon four-letter words mixed roughly with enormous plosives).

CENSORED: First Friday 1 MARCH 2024

Join us for a First Friday screening of Respectable: The Mary Millington Story, plus a Q&A with writer, broadcaster and filmmaker Simon Sheridan. The documentary explores the extraordinary life of Mary Millington, Britain’s only genuine sex superstar. This is a free, Arts Council England (ACE) funded event from the Marine Studios Writers’ Room, hosted at The Margate School.

PRINT IS DEAD: First Friday 2 FEB 2024

Join Marine Studios and friends for a night of print and publishing themed activities exploring the theme: Print is Dead. Listen to Elte Rauch from New Menard Press speaking about her journey running an independent cross-channel publishing press.

Nick Morley, aka Linocut Boy, will showcase his linocut prints and woodblock printing demonstration. Contribute to a book sculpture that artist Willow Winston will be creating. Dan Thompson will be opening his studio for a printmaking and 3D printing demo.

JOURNEYS: First Friday 1 Dec 2023

Join us to launch the Marine Studios Writers’ Room in our December First Friday on the theme of Journeys.

Hear acclaimed author Travis Elborough discuss his latest work ‘The Writer’s Journey’, following the travels that influenced some of world’s most famous writers. Experience Three Tenses in One from Dan Thompson Studio, reimagine Thanet’s streetscapes with Transit Collective, and get creative with D&D map making and Peter Gander’s map drawing. Plus there’s a Margate Bookshop pop-up to get your Christmas gifts.

ROBOTS: First Friday

3 Nov 2023

Marine Studios is relaunching First Fridays with the incredible Robert Poulter’s New Model Theatre and robot-related activities.

R.U.R. – Robert’s Unruly Robots is a paper theatre show inspired by Karel Čapek’s 1920 play, R.U.R, where the word ‘robot’ originated. Read more in the Isle of Thanet news.