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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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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, author of The Shifts and Shocks: What We’ve Learned - and Have Still to Learn - from the Financial Crisis (2015), joins us...

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Nick Bryant in Conversation

6th June, 4pm

Nick Bryant’s When America Stopped Being Great: A History of the Present takes a deep dive into the history of America to explain how the...

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Rory Cellan-Jones in Conversation

6th June, 6pm

The smartphone, the most extraordinary tool that has been invented in the last century, 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, comes Light Perpetual, a novel of the miraculous, the everlasting and the everyday....

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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, one of Brazil’s rising literary talents, has won or been nominated for a clutch of prestigious prizes and seen his work translated...

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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, McNish's Slug holds a mirror lovingly...

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Words from a Wider World: Imbolo Mbue

9th June, 8pm

Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, Imbolo Mbue's How Beautiful We Were tells the story of a people living in fear amidst environmental...

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Polly Toynbee and David Walker in Conversation

10th June, 6pm

In The Lost Decade 2010 - 2020 and What Lies Ahead For Britain, Polly Toynbee and David Walker offer the definitive survey of a tumultuous...

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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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The Sea Pavilion

11th June, 7:30pm - 12th June

The Wellerman sea-shanty, which has become a TikTok sensation, references the whaling ships owned by the Weller brothers, who originated from...

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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 in What White People Can...

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Laura Bates in Conversation

12th June, 6pm

In Men Who Hate Women, an urgent and ground-breaking book, Laura Bates goes undercover to expose vast misogynist networks and communities....

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Words from a Wider World: Amit Chaudhuri

13th June, 2pm

Amit Chaudhuri is a recorded performer in the Indian classical vocal tradition and a composer of experimental works. His new book, Finding...

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Anna Jones in Conversation

13th June, 4pm

Award-winning cook Anna Jones blazes the trail again for how we all want to cook now: quick, sustainably and stylishly. One: Pot, Pan, Planet,...

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Natalie Haynes in Conversation

13th June, 6pm

The Greek myths are among the world's most important cultural building blocks. Stories of gods and monsters are the mainstay of epic poetry...

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Beckett In Folkestone: Film

13th June, 8pm

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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