About Thanet Writers

Thanet Writers is a trading name of Thanet Writers CIC, a non-profit Community Interest Company (CIC number: 10690420) based in Thanet, Kent, UK. Thanet Writers CIC is dedicated to supporting writers in and with a connection to Thanet, publishing writing with artistic or educational merit, and promoting literature, creativity and culture. Thanet Writers CIC is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

“Our mission is to promote the literary arts, writing and writers linked to Thanet, advance the education of the public in English Language, Literature, and Speaking and Listening, and to forward the engagement of writing and reading for the benefit of the community.”

Thanet has a long literary heritage including connections to renowned writers such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and T.S. Eliot. Thanet Writers was established to honour and continue that legacy. Working closely with writers, writers’ groups and poetry groups, Thanet Writers aims to publish writing from authors and poets linked to Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate, and Thanet as a whole, raise awareness of literature, and offer and support community projects within Thanet and on a larger scale. Thanet Writers CIC is a Certified Social Enterprise.

 

Directors

Thanet Writers CIC is governed by a Board of Directors. The following are the current Directors of Thanet Writers CIC:

Hannah Fairbairn

Hannah Fairbairn

Hannah has a background in management and retail, and brings a people-focus to her role. She actively promotes the mental health benefits of writing and personal creative expression, as well as the positives of being part of a writing community.

As a mother and a writer, Hannah has a strong drive to support and empower those around her whilst encouraging others to improve. Along with writing she works in education and is eager to help highlight and nurture the creative talents of Thanet.

Matthew Munson

Matthew Munson

Matthew is a writer and advocate who has campaigned for and supported numerous charities and causes, along with representing some as a Trustee or Board Member. He actively promotes inclusion and equality along with artistic expression.

A published author, Matthew has a wealth of writing experience and is also a regular columnist and blogger. He supports and champions diversity, takes the lead in cultural development, and is active in developing new avenues for creatives.

David Rowden

David Rowden

David has been working in Thanet’s charitable sector for several years and brings with him a wealth of experience in grant applications, administration, budgeting and accounting, community innovation, and managing staff and volunteers.

As a writer himself, David is passionate about supporting the local writers of Thanet to reach their full potential. He aims to encourage all writers and creatives to develop their own skills and talents whilst staying true to their personal beliefs.

 

Staff

Thanet Writers CIC works with writers, authors, poets, editors, workshop leaders, teachers, administrators, PR and press officers, marketers, illustrators, designers, and various other professionals to facilitate projects. Regular staff are listed on the Masthead. To register interest or enquire about opportunities to become involved with current or future projects, please get in touch.

 

Projects

thanetwriters.com

The website thanetwriters.com was launched on the 15th April 2016 to promote the arts, specifically literature and poetry, and publish essays and articles on writing craft. The site publishes short stories, poetry, literary essays, and book reviews, along with features and video content, all provided by writers with a link to Thanet.

This project encourages and promotes public engagement with culture and the arts. Writers, plus educational establishments who are able to reuse selected content available under an Education Policy, can freely access cultural and educational resources. This project creates paid opportunities for writers, building personal artistic reputations and that of the local cultural community. New writers are published alongside experienced authors and poets, becoming part of a community, building confidence and boosting self-esteem, thereby facilitating a heightened sense of pride and achievement.

This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Regular Groups

Thanet Writers host a selection of regular groups and gatherings within the Thanet area.

The Thursday Writers’ Group has been facilitated by Thanet Writers since its inception on the 28th October 2015 to support writers and authors within the Thanet area and offer a forum for constructive critique and feedback on writing, along with encouragement and opportunities to meet and socialise with other writers. The group meets weekly and is primarily focused on prose, particularly fiction, although non-fiction and poetry are actively encouraged.

The Poetry Feedback Group launched on the 6th February 2017 and meets monthly to support poets and those interested specifically in poetry by encouraging feedback and critique on the written aspects of poetry and advancing craft within writers in the Thanet district.

The Performance Poetry Group was first held on the 14th May 2017 to offer stage-craft training and performance advice and support to poets, writers, and authors interested in reading or performing their work. The group is a workshop-style event and is held monthly.

All regular groups actively promote equality and diversity and adhere to the Equality Act 2010. Particular support is offered to those with mental health difficulties by encouraging writing as a therapeutic form of self-expression.

This project is aimed specifically at those within the geographical region of Thanet.

Community Support

Thanet Writers actively work to support the local community, working with partner organisations, non-profits and charities within and linked to Thanet.

Various fundraising events have enabled ticketed workshops and events to raise money for local causes, with a particular focus on supporting organisations working in the mental health sector. The writers and facilitators who have organised, coordinated and run these workshops and events have done so on a voluntary basis to further support the associated cause.

Thanet Writers partner with local organisations and charities to support and assist in the running of literary festivals which focus on low ticket prices or free entry to ensure the general public is given the best value for money possible. This promotes culture and the arts within the local area.

Local events and groups are arranged, organised and run to promote national and international causes and non-profit projects that facilitate and promote literacy and the literary arts. By hosting events and groups within the local area, Thanet Writers is able to increase the reach of these wider-scale projects to their benefit and that of the local community.

These projects are targeted specifically within the geographical region of Thanet.

Print Publishing

Thanet Writers publishes high quality print anthologies of writing, both in physical and ebook form. The publication and release of print anthologies expands the publishing potential of Thanet Writers, along with further promoting the artistic reputation of the local writing community and the authors and poets within it.

From an initial launch in 2018, this project has become self-sustaining. Copies are sold to generate funds for Thanet Writers CIC to further support the local writing and cultural community and facilitate community projects, with costs of each anthology offset by sales from the last, and all profits being reinvested into the local community. Books are also be provided free of charge to local libraries and educational establishments to actively encourage engagement with the arts.

The launch of this project in 2018 was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.