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Folkestone Book Festival

The Shape of Things to Come
Think Folkestone, Think Future
Friday 15 - Sunday 24 November

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Folkestone Book Festival

This year’s Folkestone Book Festival will take place from Friday 15 – Sunday 24 November and will be curated for the first time by Liam Browne and Sean Doran.

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Folkestone Book Festival holds a special place amongst the UK book festivals’ scene. It helps us make sense of the world and reveal possibilities for better futures. Entitled The Shape of Things to Come it draws inspiration from the philosophy and spirit of HG Wells, who lived and wrote in Folkestone. Taking place in November, the festival is an annual invitation to gather, tell stories, exchange ideas and keep warm together.

The futures on all subjects will be the driving force of the new Festival vision. All subjects under the sun will be included. 

While this will not be an HG Wells festival, his philosophy and spirit, will inspire the Festival’s themes. Wells was a futurist who was interested in the everyday, a utopian as well as a realist and, seeing himself as a journalist more than literary lion, a pragmatist. He also lived in Folkestone and the Festival will draw further inspiration and relevance from the town.

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Events

Ben Okri: Prayer for the Living

15th November, 7pm

Prayer for the Living, the new collection from the Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri, brings together stories from different worlds that...

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First Reformed (15)

15th November, 9pm

Written & directed by Paul Schrader. Starring Ethan Hawke & Amanda Seyfried.Academy Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay, First Reformed...

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Words & Music Time Machine Events - 1876: USA & Russia

16th November, 10:30am

Strange Concords: Words & Music Time Machine Events The Seasons by Petyr Ilych Tchaikovsky for solo piano, performed by Saskia Giorgini and...

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Laura Barton & Barney Hoskyns: The Future of Music

16th November, 12pm

When music is discussed, the same words keep coming up: “streaming”, “playlists”, “distribution”, “sampling”, “platforms”,...

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Insight: Discussion on Whitman and Tchaikovsky

16th November, 12pm

Inspired by Wells’ The Time Machine, we travel back in time in this year's Strange Concords: Words and Music Time Machine Events to alight...

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Words & Music Time Machine Events - 1876: USA & Russia

16th November, 1pm

Strange Concords: Words & Music Time Machine Events The Seasons by Petyr Ilych Tchaikovsky for solo piano, performed by Saskia Giorgini and...

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