Writers of Thanet

There are many writers who could be said to be writers of Thanet insofar as these writers came from or have been connected to Thanet.

I’ve divided this list of Writers of Thanet by town. My primary source of information for this list was Wikipedia. As a result, many new and emerging writers of Thanet will not be listed. Perhaps this could be the topic for an article you might like to submit?

Thanet’s Writers: Ramsgate

Anthony Buckeridge (20 June 1912 – 28 June 2004), an author best known for his Jennings series of novels, lived in Ramsgate and taught at St. Lawrence College.

Francis Burnand (29 November 1836 – 21 April 1917), was an English comic writer and dramatist who lived much of his life in Ramsgate.

Jefferson Hack, (born 20 June 1971), publisher, journalist and model, lived for many of his childhood and teenage years at Beach Grove, Cliffsend, near Ramsgate.

Karl Marx (1818–1883) is known to have stayed in the town some nine times.[1] as did his comrade Friedrich Engels One known spot is in Hardres Street. His eldest daughter Jenny Longuet Marx (1844–1883) lived for a period at 6 Artillery Road.

Thanet’s Writers: Broadstairs

John Buchan (1875–1940) was rumoured to have based his thriller The Thirty Nine Steps on the set of steps on the beach at North Foreland, Broadstairs, where he was recuperating from a duodenal ulcer in 1915.

Brian Degas, author, writer and creator of the TV Series Colditz, lives in the town.

Charles Dickens, novelist, had a holiday home in Broadstairs, where he wrote David Copperfield. For a period he owned Fort House on a promontory above the town, where he wrote Bleak House, which the location is now called.

Frank Richards (pen name of Charles Harold St John Hamilton; 1875–1961), the writer of the Billy Bunter novels, lived in Kingsgate, Broadstairs.

Bruce Robinson, author of Withnail and I etc., was born in Broadstairs in 1946.

Stevie Smith, poet, spent several years on and off in a sanatorium near Broadstairs while suffering from tuberculous peritonitis as a child.

Thanet’s Writers: Margate

Iain Aitch is an English writer and journalist who was born in Margate.

T. S. Eliot, poet, wrote part of The Waste Land in Margate in 1922, whilst recuperating from nervous strain.

Marty Feldman, comic writer and comedian, began his career aged 15 as part of a circus-style act at Dreamland Funpark in Margate.

Mike Stock is a British songwriter and record producer best known as a member of the songwriting and record production trio Stock, Aitken, and Waterman. He was born in Margate on 3 December 1951.

Which Writers of Thanet have we missed?

I know for a fact that the Wikipedia hs not listed all the published authors of Thanet. Would you be interested in writing a follow-up list of writers from Thanet that the Wikipedia does not list?

Have we missed any of the famous (or not so famous) writers of Thanet? Who else would you add?

How many of these writers had you heard of before today?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

What do we mean by “Thanet’s writers”?

woman typing writing

A term that we have used on this blog a lot is “Thanet’s writers”. What do we mean exactly?

It could, for example, be taken to mean the historical writers from Thanet’s past. People like Dickens, for example. This is, I hope you might guess, not exactly what we mean.

For some people, “Thanet’s writers” might be taken to mean only full-time writers from Thanet. This is not what we mean. Obviously, we include full-time writers but for us, the phrase means so much more.

Others might assume we mean only those who self-identify as writers and are from Thanet. again, this is not what we mean but it is closer and does include these self-identified writers.

When we say Thanet’s writers, we are always talking about everyone who expresses themselves with words; especially if they do so creatively. Writing has two stages:

  1. The art of coming up with something to say
  2. The act of writing it down

We are almost always talking about the art, not the act.

For us, Thanet’s writers include (among others) poets, spoken word performers, journalists, playwrights, bloggers, essay writers, songwriters, musicians that compose, and of course fiction writers too. All of these are forms of writing and most of these are creative too.

For us, the act of writing is so much than putting words on a page. Writing something down is the mechanical action of writing – that is rarely creative in and of itself. However, the art that goes into choosing the words, beats, or notes – that is creative; at all levels.

This is why we changed our name from Thanet Creative Writers to Thanet Creative. While we will probably continue to talk about Thanet’s writers, we want to be clear we are talking about the creative drive, not the physical act of making marks on paper (or typing).