Charles Dickens white bust on desk in front of window. Writing paper and quill on desk. Dickens House Museum
Charles Dickens, Dickens House Museum

Literary Heroes

'Write Around Thanet' - Literary Heroes In Margate, Broadstairs And Ramsgate. Come and celebrate Thanet’s creative coast 

Jane Austen sensed a loosening of social properties; Charles Dickens enjoyed “the freshest, freest place”; TS Eliot overcame writer’s block; John Buchan found the title for his most famous thriller.

The Georgian and Victorian resorts of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, their chalk cliffs and smugglers’ bays have long inspired writers.

If all this has inspired you or you just want a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, browse the shelves of a local bookshop before sitting down with a good read - The Margate Bookshop, The Old Bank Bookshop and Moon Lane Children's Books and Toys 

Learn about Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate's history in Andy Bull's 'Secret' series of books or of Thanet's famous faces with Richard Lewis

If you prefer a different approach to reading, listen to our podcasts on local stories and the work of local coastal people