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Folkestone-Based Talent at This Year’s Book Festival


Folkestone is home to all kinds of artistic talent and creative excellence. Writing, poetry and literature are no exception. At this year's Folkestone Book Festival we have several phenomenally talented authors taking part. Award-winning animators, leading lights of Young Adult fiction and so much more. 


Manjeet Mann, Joseph Coelho & Nikita Gill: The World of Young Adult Fiction

Sun 20 Nov, 12pm

One of the publishing phenomenons of recent years has been the rise in the popularity of Young Adult writing, in particular fiction and poetry. Novels such as ‘Twilight’, ‘The Maze Runner’, ‘The Hunger Games’ and of course the ‘Harry Potter’ series have sold in huge numbers and have been adapted for the screen. The festival has brought together three writers to give us their insights into the world of YA writing.

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Zoe Gilbert & Ben Short: Forest Stories

Fri 25 Nov, 6pm

Zoe Gilbert’s new novel, ‘Mischief Acts’, and Ben Short’s memoir, ‘Burn: A Story of Fire, Woods and Healing’ share a fascination with the forest and its transformative spirit. Herne the hunter, mischief-maker, spirit of the forest, and leader of the wild hunt, hurtles through the centuries pursued by his creator. Folkestone-based Zoe Gilbert’s ‘Mischief Acts’ is British folklore as you've never read it before: dangerous, sexy, troubling, daring, savage, an exhilarating race through time and space, weaving together the ancient and the contemporary.

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Astrid Goldsmith: Words and Vision

Sat 26 Nov, 12pm

Astrid Goldsmith is a writer and animation director. Based in Folkestone, she set up her own stop-motion studio in 2012 and made a string of award-winning short films. She won the Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize in 2022, with her comic ‘A Funeral in Freiburg.’ She is now working on her debut graphic novel, ‘The Crystal Vase’, which will be published in 2024. In this festival event, Astrid discusses the themes and subjects that inspire her work and the challenges of moving between writing and animation.

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William Shaw: The Dungeness Books

Sun 27 Nov, 4pm

Though he is not Folkestone-based himself, the lead character in his novels, DS Cupidi, does police the mean streets of Folkestone and Romney Marsh. William Shaw has written four crime novels, all set in Dungeness and featuring DS Alex Cupidi: ‘Salt Lane', 'Deadland', 'Grave’s End’ and ‘The Trawlerman.’ He discusses the importance of Dungeness in these books and the role of place and atmosphere in crime fiction.

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The Shape of Things to Come, our forward-thinking Book Festival returns this autumn. Running from Friday 18 November to the following Sunday 27 November 2022, Folkestone Book Festival will present a celebration of writing, reading, thinking and debate.

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