Saturday, 24 May 2008

Oyster Poets Speical Event, July 6th

Oyster Poets Whitstable
Oyster Poets Whitstable
Oyster Poets Whitstable

You are invited to A Special Event on Sunday 6th July 2008 at 3pm at Lang Court, Marine Crescent, Tankerton. Bob Mee, editor of Iota Magazine & publisher of Ragged Raven Press, will be reading his poems and discussing the relationship between poet and editor.

There will be an opportunity to read your poems from the floor.

Entrance Fee £4
Drinks available

Directions - From Whitstable Harbour: turn left at castle, up Tower Hill. At end of Marine Parade keep left (between café & shop) into Marine Crescent Lang Court is on the left after the Green.

From Herne Bay: turn off Thanet Way at Chestfield roundabout, under bridge, left into Herne Bay Rd., 3rd right into Marine Crescent.

Lang Court is on the right after the bend. Car parking available.

For more details please contact Hilary Bussey: 01227 273375 or Patricia Griffin:

June 1st Party on the Beach - all welcome!

Come along and have an afternoon of fun with fellow ThanetCAN'ers - bring food, drink, smiles, ideas and general summerness...

ThanetCAN Summer on the Beach
Click for larger version - and stick it in your window...

And a meeting followed by an arts-based Quiz at Churchills on Monday June 9th.

Saturday, 17 May 2008

Writes of Spring Presentations


MAY 2008

You are cordially invited to:
WEDNESDAY 21st MAY 2008 7.30pm for 8.00pm

Winning Poems will be read by the Poets or Nominated Readers
at The Belgian Bar, Ramsgate Harbour.


Poetry Course at UKC June 7th

June 7th, 9.45 for 10.00am - 4.30pm
Course code ADT022
University of Kent at Canterbury

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Architecture 08 - 24 May until 28 June

Architecture 08

"From 24 May until 28 June 2008, from Milton Keynes to Margate, architecture08 brings you nearly 100 building tours, workshops, exhibitions, happenings, competitions. As the theme of architecture08 is 'the art of architecture', you never know what revelations await you!"

Events across Kent can be seen here.

Despite "From Milton Keynes to Margate" in the description above, the nearest listed events are in Deal, Canterbury and Folkestone. Still, that's marketing for you... and they do look interesting.

Monday, 5 May 2008

Ruby Blue wins Best Film

Not the Oscars (yet), but 'Ruby Blue' wins 'Best Film' at the 2008 London Independent Film Festival.

Ruby Blue

Director Jan Dunn and Producer Elaine Wickham took the grand prize at the London Independent Film Festival over the weekend (21st April 2008) for their feature film RUBY BLUE which stars Bob Hoskins as a man accused by his neighbors of being a pedophile. The Prize, sponsored by Prime Focus London, secures a significant portion of the post-production finance for Dunn and Wickham’s next feature. The two filmmakers from Ramsgate found critical acclaim two years ago for their self-financed debut film GYPO, and RUBY BLUE is their second film together.

At 65, Jack (Bob Hoskins) is consumed by past guilt and regret. His strained relationship with his son is severed on the death of his wife. Jack is lost and alone in his self loathing, and spirals into decline. Hope arrives in the unlikely form of eight-year-old, Florrie, a soft-natured girl who moves in next door and delights in his long neglected racing pigeon.

The 'love scene' from the film was shot in room 23 of the Royal Harbour Hotel, Ramsgate, and Bob Hoskins stayed in room 4 for two weeks during the shoot. All film buffs should ask for these rooms when you come to stay!

Art Exhibition at the Royal Harbour Hotel

The Royal Harbour Hotel is holding its first art exhibition during the month of May. From May 2nd the dining room will show off coastal oil paintings, many of Ramsgate, by Alan Welsford. Alan studied at the Slade School, University College, London from 1959 to1963 and was, until recently, MA Programme Leader in Fine Art at De Monfort University, Leicester

The pictures are here to be enjoyed and purchased! You can see some examples of his work here:


Margate Tile ProjectIOTA Artmonkeys are inviting local business people and their children to make their mark on Margate.

As part of the refurbishment of the Margate Harbour Arm, Artmonkeys have been asked to create a wall of tiles featuring the children’s designs under the theme of ‘A postcard from Margate’. Children are being encouraged to use their experience of living at the seaside and to look at the rich diversity of the area’s marine and coastal wildlife.

Through a series of workshops children can come and create their own design on a tile which will be put on the Harbour Arm for posterity. Each tile is sponsored for £70 and will show the business name or logo on a strip across the bottom. For businesses who just want to contribute sponsorship, local schoolchildren will be able to decorate their tiles.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a tile should call IOTA on 01843 853117 or email

For further details see: