NOW Live Events

Margate Bookie: 20 – 21 August

Margate BookieTimings: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Venue: Sands Hotel (Psychologies partnership events) & Turner Contemporary Gallery (Welcome Home events)

NOW are partnering with Margate Bookie, a literary festival held at venues across Margate, including the beautiful Sands Hotel and Turner Contemporary gallery, with their inspiring views over the harbour and sands. Star speakers include Jay Rayner, the novelist Maggie Gee, Salena Godden and Emmy-winner David Quantick.

Suzy Greaves, editor of Psychologies Magazine, will host an afternoon of events in partnership with NOW on Saturday 20th August, while NOW will be running a programme of wellbeing activities spanning live literature, craft, visul arts, mindfulness meditation, wellbeing events, workshops for families and more over the whole weekend.

‘(NOW Live Events) rid us of the myriad modern-day distractions that stop us from embracing the fullness of the present moment… using unconventional artistic methods.’  – The Independent

Psychologies Magazine Afternoon at Margate Bookie: Saturday 20 August

11:00am – 12:30pm 

10 Keys To Happiness – Vanessa King

Vanessa King’s first book, The 10 Keys to Happier Living, is out now. Vanessa is a leading expert on the practical application of the science of happiness, resilience and wellbeing in our everyday lives. She’s written for the Guardian , Huffington Post, PsychologiesMagazine and has been featured by Sunday Telegraph Magazine.

Ages 16+

1:00pm – 2:30pm

The Story in You – Jacq Burns
What makes a bestselling story? Researching her book Write a Bestseller, Jacq Burns interviewed many of London’s leading literary agents and publishers. Crunching it all down, she saw that to create a bestseller you really just need a great story, simply told. Simple is powerful but it isn’t always easy, so Jacq has created a guide to road testing your story. Taking examples of bestselling books and memorable films, she will reveal the key elements that make stories really work.


  • Understanding the emotional journey you take your reader on
  • Knowing the kind of story you are telling and exploring whose story it is
  • Making conscious rather than unconscious use of your own life — then being able to write, describe and pitch your story so that it is YOUR story, quite unlike anybody else’s. This combination creates a winning story, that is uniquely yours to tell.

Ages 16+

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Live this Book! – Tom Chatfield
Step away from the screen. In an age of disposable media vying for our attention, author of “Live This Book!” Dr Tom Chatfield presents inspirations and exercises for directing your attention toward the ideas, people and relationships that really matter. How long is it since you learned a completely new skill, celebrated your best habits, or uncluttered your mind and took stock? Put away your phone, leave your email unanswered, and give some undivided attention to things that really count – and to yourself.

Ages 16+

Welcome Home.

A mini festival of arts and wellbeing events at Margate Bookie, hosted by NOW

NOW Live Events are hosting a programme of arts and wellbeing activities for all ages at Margate Bookie this year. Our events exist to stimulate the senses, lighten the mind and savour the moment with some of UK’s most inspiring artists and thinkers, locally and beyond. Our programme focuses on ‘home’; what home really means to you, how you might feel more at home in yourself, and how we can take these feelings with us everywhere we go.

Saturday 20 August

10:00am – 11:00am 

Finding your Groove – Temujin Gill
This will be a movement based session with Grounded Movement’s Temujin Gill, choreographer of the iconic NHS section of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. No dance experience needed, come as you are, unique and amazing. Join in a fun physical warm-up, and give yourself permission to play and explore moving to some seriously infectious sounds. Something for everyone from Jazz to Soul and Funk. Pick up some simple but great moves with freedom to respond to the music in your own way and share with others in an inclusive and friendly atmosphere. A wonderful opportunity to express yourself and join in some inspirational group dances.

All Welcome (adult accompaniment for under 10s)

11:30am – 12:30pm 

Into The Heart of Mindfulness – Ed Halliwell
Mindfulness is the latest buzzword for anyone seeking to ease the stresses of 21st -century life. Yet, despite what superficial approaches to the practice may lead us to believe, mindfulness is not a cosy strategy for ‘glossing over’ life’s difficulties. In this interactive event, mindfulness expert Ed Halliwell examines how this practice can help us recognise and transform our unhelpful biases and habits, enable us to live more at peace with stress and uncertainty, cultivate cheerfulness and compassion, and lead us towards our life’s calling – if we are willing to journey to the heart of the practice. 

Author of The Mindful Manifesto, Ed Halliwell came to mindfulness in a desperate bid to be rid of anxiety and depression, and found a path that transformed his life in a way he hadn’t expected.  With practical advice, taster exercises and a refreshing honesty,  Ed will explore how opening to and working with the realities of our minds, bodies and day-to-day existence — rather than striving for positive results — can, paradoxically, help us rediscover a richly-nourishing, deeply-textured life.

Ages 16+

1:00pm – 2:15pm 

Finding Peace in the Digital Age – Tom Chatfield
Take a moment to ask questions that really matter to you in this event with author Dr Tom Chatfield, using his guide to deeper living, Live This Book. In this interactive session exploring quality time, we will think about what it mean to live in a digital age and push back against haste, information overload and hyper-connectivity; and to take time to think more clearly and deeply about the only place you can actually be fully at home, in the peace of your own mind…

Ages 12+

2:30pm – 4:00pm 

Houses of Light – Janey Moffat
Janey Moffat from Craftimation Factory invites you to make your own ‘House of Light’ whilst considering what makes you light up and feel at home in your surroundings.  What makes your house a home?  What lights you up, and the people living there?  We will create light houses together using carboard, coloured cellophane, a glue gun and other decorative items.  The houses will be lit from within with LED lights.  Particularly suitable for children and their families.

Ages 5+ (adult accompaniment for under 10s)

4:15pm – 5:30pm 

Life Writing with Prompt Arts – Nicholas Christiaan/Prompt Arts
Life Writing is an entertaining twist on the traditional Life Drawing class. Our timed writing exercises are a brilliant way to engage your imagination; using a mix of live actors, music and images we will stimulate your senses. Your job is only to write your own response!

Join Prompt Artst take your writing to a new level, using prompts that centre you in the moment, mindful of what is in front of you. The environment will be entirely pressure-free with no experience of writing necessary.  Life Writing is suitable for writers of all levels, and those who don’t consider themselves writers at all – a fun way to engage your brain and connect with others.

Ages 12+

Sunday 21 August

12:00pm – 1:15pm 

Mindfulness: Finding Home Where You Are – Nick Diggins
This event will give you the chance to explore the many ways in which mindfulness can help us start to rediscover the sense of ‘being at home’ in ourselves. Often in daily life we can feel disconnected from ourselves, from others and from the world. Mindfulness can help us feel ‘centred’ and steady in the midst of life’s ups and downs. It can help us see the world with fresh eyes and appreciate ordinary beauty that’s so often hidden beneath our preoccupations.  It can also help us tap into a sense of wellbeing that doesn’t depend on external events… Come and learn how to feel more at home anytime, anywhere. No prior experience required.

Ages 18+

1:30pm – 2:30pm 

A House Full of Stories – Mark Stevenson/Ampersand Media
Join the playful Ampersand Media for an interactive and engaging session for adults, children and families alike. All you need to do is to bring along an object that makes you think of home – it could be anything. Together we’ll use them to create playful stories, write songs and dream up scenes about what it means to live where you live or where you’d like to be. Fun guaranteed!

Ages 5+ (adult accompaniment for under 10s)

3:00pm – 4:30pm 

Mindfulness On The Go – Mel Sutton and Andrew Stuck
Come and explore your neighbourhood and the impact it has on you with natural health consultant and yoga teacher Mel Sutton and her mindful walking partner Andrew Stuck. Walking with purpose and awareness, we will consider how our surroundings affect us, and how these feelings might impact our mental and emotional experience. We will look at this connection allowing our breath and the rhythm of our footsteps to guide our way.  Please wear comfortable footwear and bring some water. Reducing what you carry will also help as we will be doing movement and some nice long stretching!

Ages 16+