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100 Years in Dreamland: Meet & Greet with Nick Evans
Westgate Galleria
20th May 2023
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nick Evans

100 Years in Dreamland: Meet & Greet with Nick Evans

Your invitation to meet Nick Evans as he signs copies of his new book 100 Years In Dreamland. 

The author

Nick Evans grew up in Birchington in Kent. After a career in journalism in a range of writing, design and production roles, he is now running Bygone Publishing based in Whitstable.

He is the author of a popular series of books illustrating the development of Thanet's towns. The series has covered Broadstairs, Birchington, Cliftonville and Westgate-on-Sea so far. These books all feature contemporary photographs, postcards and cuttings. Many of these are from the Bill Evans Collection, which Nick is custodian of. With kind loans from the local community of ephemera collectors often featured too. Accompanying the imagery are lots of interesting facts and nostalgic stories gathered by Nick.

The first edition of Dreamland Remembered, published in August 2003, inspired Nick to write 15 more books in the years since. While covering mainly local history subjects about Thanet's towns, he diversified into writing about other subjects, including stories of pub signs, East Kent buses, the centenary of British petrol stations. The Classic Car Spotters’ Guide, will be published by the History Press in May 2023.

Nick's latest book

Twenty years after writing his first book about Dreamland, author Nick Evans is retelling the story of the famous Margate fun park in a new version, 100 Years In Dreamland.

The new book includes more than 100 photographs, compiled from his and other collections which appeared in the earlier versions of the books published between 2003 and 2014. Those books have since gone out of print to become collectors’ items. 100 Years In Dreamland brings us right up to recent times with pictures showing the cinema building dressed for the filming of Empire of Light, directed by Sam Mendes and released in January 2023.

We stock all of Nick’s books that are currently still in print at Westgate Galleria (and online).

Meet the author and book signing session

It is our pleasure to host this opportunity for readers to meet with Nick, who will sign any of his books purchased on the day. He will also show and talk about his research, what motivates him, and how he sourced the images used in his latest book. No tickets required for this event, which starts at 12 noon.

For readers further afield or who are unable to come along to this event, 100 years In Dreamland can be pre-ordered online here