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Autumn Reads

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This November, we are delighted to present a brand-new festival ideal for these strange times. Our new festival, Autumn Reads, will be a 4-day celebration of celebrated artists and filmmaker Derek Jarman’s Modern Nature.

From Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 November join us as we come together for a series of socially distanced and digital events and activities that explore the themes held within Jarman’s diaries. Autumn Reads: Modern Nature will explore ideas of memoir, art, activism, gardening and more in creative ways.

Ahead Autumn Reads we will be making a short film featuring extracts from Modern Nature and we want you to be involved. If you are interested in taking part scroll on for more information. 

A full programme will be revealed in October. The Creative Folkestone Book Festival that we all know and love will return next year in June 2021. Stay tuned for more information.


Start reading Modern Nature 

We are encouraging everyone to start reading Modern Nature in the build up to the festival. We want you to dive into the text and discover this special text. To help you on your journey we have put together a resource pack to get you started.  In a handy downloadable PDF you will find information about Derek Jarman and his home in Dungness, some insightful questions and conversation starters, and a list of links to articles, films and more. 

Click here for more information


Open Call: The Town Reads 

For Folkestone Reads: Modern Nature, we’re looking for 21 people local to Folkestone, Hythe and the Romney Marsh to take part in a film project charting the 21 months spanned by the journal.

Which month would you choose? What sentence, paragraph or journal entry has special meaning to you? We’re asking people who live locally to choose a short extract from the book, let us know why you’ve chosen it and where you’d like to be filmed reading or reciting the words – either in Folkestone, Hythe or on Romney Marsh. The location and artistic interpretation belong to you.

Click here for more information and how to apply

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