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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. The full programme will be announced in September 2019.

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 - Think Folkestone, Think Future, 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

Caroline Lucas

16th November, 2pm

At a time of ecological and political crises, both nationally and globally, Caroline Lucas discusses the challenges that face us and the possible...

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Anthony Seldon & Isabel Hardman

16th November, 4pm

In politics they say timing is everything. Anthony Seldon and Isabel Hardman explore the role of leadership and those leaders’ ability...

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Rabbi Baroness Neuberger DBE

17th November, 4pm

"Our True Nationality is Mankind" H G WellsGlobalisation, Nationalism & Migration - FuturesThere has been a disturbing rise in antisemitism...

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Gavin Esler

22nd November, 6pm

Gavin Esler is an award winning television and radio broadcaster, writer and journalist. His latest book, 'Brexit Without the Bullshit', examines...

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Helen Czerski: The Future of the Planet

23rd November, 2pm

As part of the festival’s Climate Change & Environment theme, and based on the H G Wells quote "adapt or perish, now as ever, in nature’s...

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Lemn Sissay

23rd November, 8pm

"Our True Nationality is Mankind" H.G WellsGlobalisation, Nationalism & Migration - FuturesAt the age of seventeen, after a childhood of being...

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