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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.

 

Taco Bill will be serving food in The Clearing, Quarterhouse, from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 November, including Mexican rice boxes, Totchos and bar snacks.

Taco Bill Opening Hours:

Saturday 16 November - 12pm-8pm.

Sunday 17 November - 12pm-8pm.

Monday 18 November - 5pm onwards (bar snacks).

Tuesday 19 November - 3pm onwards (bar snacks).

Wednesday 20 November - 5pm-8pm.

Thursday 21 November - 3pm-8pm.

Friday 22 November - 3pm-8pm.

Saturday 23 November - 12pm-8pm.

Sunday 24 November - 12pm-8pm.

 

 

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Events

Block 67 Workshop: Hannah Lee: My Hair

17th November, 11am

My birthday's coming up so soon,I'll need new clothes to wear.But most of all, I need to know,how shall I style my hair? Hannah Lee’s new...

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William Feaver: The Lives of Lucian Freud

17th November, 12pm

Lucian Freud (1922–2011) is one of the great painters of the twentieth and twenty- first centuries. Though ferociously private, he spoke...

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Insight: Discussion on Jean Rhys and Charlotte Brontë

17th November, 2pm

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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Paul Mason: Clear Bright Future

17th November, 2pm

"Our True Nationality is Mankind" H G WellsGlobalisation, Nationalism & Migration - FuturesHave capitalism and technology stripped us of our...

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Words & Music Time Machine Events - 1966: Caribbean & England

17th November, 3pm

Strange Concords: Words & Music Time Machine Events Excerpts of Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys read by Imogen Stubbs and Alex Jennings; Ruby...

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Rabbi Baroness Neuberger DBE - Antisemitism: What It Is. What It Isn't. Why It Matters

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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