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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 - 13th June, 3:40pm

In March 1961 the author of Waiting for Godot (1955) Samuel Beckett (aged 54) mysteriously booked a room for two weeks at the Hotel Bristol...

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Hanif Kureishi in Conversation

4th June, 6pm

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

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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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John Kampfner in Conversation

5th June, 8pm

Mixing personal journey and anecdote with compelling empirical evidence, John Kampfner’s Why the Germans Do It Better: Notes From a Grown-up...

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Martin Wolf in Conversation

6th June, 2pm

Martin Wolf is associate editor and chief economics commentator at the Financial Times. He joined the World Bank in 1971 and ten years later...

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Nick Bryant in Conversation

6th June, 4pm

The story of how America’s decline paved the way for Donald Trump’s rise. Nick Bryant’s When America Stopped Being Great: A History...

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Rory Cellan-Jones in Conversation

6th June, 6pm

The most extraordinary tool that has been invented in the last century, the smartphone, is forcing radical changes in the way we live and...

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Otegha Uwagba in Conversation

6th June, 8pm

In We Need To Talk About Money, a combined memoir and cultural commentary, Otegha Uwagba explores her own complicated relationship with money,...

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Francis Spufford in Conversation

7th June, 7:30pm

From the bestselling, prize-winning author of Golden Hill, a novel of the miraculous, the everlasting and the everyday. November 1944. A...

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Katherine Rundell (Schools event)

8th June, 11am

If you are a teacher, tutor or education provider and would like more information or to attend please contact TaniaMcCormack@creativefolkestone.org.uk.Katherine...

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Words from a Wider World: Julián Fuks

8th June, 6pm

Julián Fuks is one of Brazil’s rising literary talents who has won or been nominated for a clutch of prestigious prizes and seen his work...

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Mark O'Connell in Conversation

8th June, 8pm

From the prize-winning author of To Be a Machine – meet the men and women preparing for the end of the world. In the remote mountains of...

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Hollie McNish in Conversation

9th June, 6pm

From Finnish saunas and soppy otters to grief, grandparents and Kellogg’s anti-masturbation pants, Slug is a book which holds a mirror lovingly...

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Words from a Wider World: Imbolo Mbue

9th June, 8pm

In 2017 Oprah Winfrey choose Imbolo Mbue’s first novel, Behold the Dreamers, as an Oprah Book Club pick. The Cameroonian writer's follow-up,...

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Polly Toynbee and David Walker in Conversation

10th June, 6pm

The ten years from 2010 have been devastating. A decade of austerity and paralysis nurtured contempt for leaders, institutions and fellow...

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Futures Commissions: Laura Spinney: The Future of Pandemic Threat

10th June, 8pm

With a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish flu of 1918–1920 was the greatest human disaster,...

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David Lammy in Conversation

11th June, 4pm

In 2007, inspired by the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act and looking to explore his own African roots, David Lammy took...

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Oliver Letwin in Conversation

11th June, 6pm

As the world becomes better connected and we grow ever more dependent on technology, the risks to our infrastructure are multiplying. Whether...

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Prerana Issar in Conversation

12th June, 2pm

Prerana Issar is the first NHS Chief People Officer. Prior to joining the NHS Prerana was Director for Public-Private Partnerships at the...

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Emma Dabiri in Conversation

12th June, 4pm

The author of Don’t Touch My Hair delivers a blistering extended essay full of practical and constructive actions for white people to take...

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Laura Bates in Conversation

12th June, 6pm

Imagine a world in which a vast network of incels and other misogynists are able to operate, virtually undetected. These extremists commit...

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