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Patrick Cockburn & James Harkin: War and Propaganda

Patrick Cockburn & James Harkin: War and Propaganda

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Important information about this event for ticket holders: Please note that due to the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaze, Lyse Doucet will not be appearing at Folkestone Book Festival.

The event will still go ahead with veteran war correspondent Patrick Cockburn and James Harkin, Director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism. Your ticket is still valid for this event, and we hope you can still join us for what promises to be a lively and insightful conversation.

We are making every effort for Lyse to join us by video link, but this may prove impossible.

If you decide not to attend, you will automatically qualify for a refund, and this will be processed after the event as our Box Office team will be busy during the festival. You do not need to take any action.

We apologise for any disappointment but hope you can still join us for an amazing festival over the next few days.


In retrospect, the conflict in Syria looks like a dress rehearsal for the current Russian war on Ukraine. Both conflicts tested whole new propaganda weapons and strategies, many of them existing in high-definition and on new media. How do war-zone journalists get to the truth amid the fog of contemporary “dis-information” on all sides?

Lyse Doucet is the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent and has reported extensively from Ukraine, as well as Syria and Afghanistan. Patrick Cockburn is a veteran war correspondent, whose books include The Age of Jihad, The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq, and War in the Age of Trump.

This informative talk will be chaired by our very own James Harkin, Director, Centre for Investigative Journalism and author of Hunting Season.

Follow Lyse Doucet on Twitter here.

Read articles by Patrick Cockburn here


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.


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£5 Cost of Living

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