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Hanif Kureishi in Conversation

Hanif Kureishi in Conversation

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Come and see Hanif Kureishi live and in person at Quarterhouse.

Comic, dark and insightful, What Happened? is Hanif Kureishi's new collection of essays and fiction. No topic is too fringe or too mainstream, from social media to the ancient classics, for this much loved author. What Happened? is as much about the very fact of Kureishi’s catholic appetite for culture as it is his observations and insights themselves, and any new book in his oeuvre is a justification for celebration. In a wide-ranging conversation he looks back at on extraordinary writing career, and forward to the work yet to come.

This event is also part of the Folkestone Book Festival Digital Pass. By booking a Digital Pass you'll be able to access all the talks and events and revisit anything you missed for up to a week after the festival.

You will need to order your pass at least 24 hours before the start of the first event you wish to attend.


Hanif Kureishi is a novelist, screenwriter and film director. He is the author of eight novels, three collections of short stories and over a dozen film and theatre scripts, as well as numerous essays. In 1986 he was nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay of My Beautiful Laundrette. He also won the Whitbread Award for his first novel The Buddha of Suburbia and the PEN/Pinter Prize in 2010. He was awarded the C.B.E. for his services to literature, and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts des Lettres in France.

No one else casts such a shrewd and gimlet eye on contemporary life.
-William Boyd

This event will be chaired by Steven Gale.

A copy of their book can be found on the CCCU website (

This year the festival will be presented online and in-person wherever possible and in line with the latest government guidance. You can find more information about the festival here.

Creative Folkestone Book Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of our funders and partners. We are proud to welcome the return of NewsNow as our Principal Partner for the Creative Folkestone Book Festival.


Mill Bay,
CT20 1BN

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In Person £8 / £7.20
Streamed as part of Book Festival Digital Pass

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