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Ben & David Crystal: Making Sense of Shakespeare

Ben & David Crystal: Everyday Shakespeare

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'Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.’ Join son and father Ben and David Crystal to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Be inspired by Everyday Shakespeare: Lines for Life to learn new quotes from the lesser corners of Shakespeare’s plays and poems to liven up your everyday.

This entertaining talk marks the fifth collaboration between the Crystals. Ben Crystal is an actor, Associate Artist to the new Shakespeare North Playhouse and curator of

David Crystal is a world-renowned writer and broadcaster on the history and development of the English language.

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Folkestone Book Festival is our annual celebration of books, ideas, reading and writing in its many magical forms. This year's festival has been curated by Jen Thatcher and James Harkin. Curating the festival for the first time, Jen and James have been inspired by Folkestone and how we can all come together through inspired discussion about global ideas, global thinking and possible futures.


This year's festival is for everyone and we want to make it possible for more people than ever before to be able to come together and enjoy a packed festival. To make this possible we have introduced a £5 ticket. This is a no questions asked ticket for those that may be struggling to afford events and performances.


We would like to thank our Principal Sponsor Saga, our Education Partner Canterbury Christ Church University, Le Shuttle and our Travel Partner, Southeastern. Creative Folkestone is also supported by Arts Council England, Folkestone and Hythe District Council, Kent County Council and The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust.


Mill Bay,
CT20 1BN

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£12 Standard
£8 Concession
£5 Cost of Living

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