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The Shape of Things to Come, the forward-looking Creative Folkestone Book Festival, will return this June. After a year away, for reasons that need no explanation, the festival will now take place across Folkestone and online from Friday 4 to Sunday 13 June 2021.

The festival continues to take its inspiration from the ideas and thoughts of H.G. Wells, born in Kent and a Folkestone resident for thirteen years. Writers, artists and thinkers will explore the possible futures of all sorts of issues, including race relations, the environment, technology, food, pandemics and Britain, Russia, Europe and the US.

Among those confirmed to take part are Laura Bates, Luke Harding, David Lammy, Nick Bryant and Natalie Haynes and many more. This year there are more ways than ever for you to enjoy the Folkestone Book Festival from the comfort of your own home with our Digital Pass or live at Quarterhouse. To reflect this there are some changes to our ticketing structure. Click here for more info about tickets.

Tickets for live and online events are now on sale. Click here to explore the programme

If you are planning to join us for events at Quarterhouse, you can rest assured that we are doing everything we can to make it as safe and as comfortable as possible. For more infomration on what a return to live events will look like click here

As part of this year's festival we are excited to reveal plans for our headline event, Beckett in Folkestone (BIF). 

On 25 March 1961,  Nobel laureate, novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett was married to his long-time partner at a secret ceremony in Folkestone's Registry Office. This immersive multimedia experience for an audience of one will feature new fictional monologues, written by Helen Oyeyemi, Rupert Thomson and Eimear McBride

We hope you can join us for The Shape of Things to Come this summer.

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Book Festival Digital Pass

4th June, 9am

For this year’s Folkestone Book Festival we are hosting the whole festival online, allowing more people than ever before to enjoy the festival...

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Beckett in Folkestone

4th June, 10am - 12th June, 3:20pm

This event has a running time of approximately 1 hour starting at the Clifton Hotel and ending at Folkestone Library. Once you have booked...

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Hanif Kureishi in Conversation

4th June, 6pm

Comic, dark and insightful, What Happened? is Hanif Kureishi's new collection of essays and fiction. No topic is too fringe or too mainstream,...

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Horatio Clare in Conversation

5th June, 2pm

Heavy Light is the story of a breakdown: a journey through mania, psychosis and treatment in a psychiatric hospital, and onwards to release,...

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Luke Harding in Conversation

5th June, 4pm

Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem and How Russia is Reshaping our Politics is a gripping investigation into how Russia’s spies helped elect Donald...

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Roisin Kiberd in Conversation

5th June, 6pm

We all live online now: the line between the internet and IRL has become porous to the point of being meaningless. Roisin Kiberd knows this...

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