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Michel Faber & Louisa Young: Grief and Creativity

Michel Faber & Louisa Young: Grief and Creativity

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How far can grief fuel the writing process?

Michel Faber reflects on grief and creativity in conversation with his partner, the writer Louisa Young, about how both found creativity amid grief and a new life together – and Michel found a new home in Folkestone.

Louisa Young is the author of Twelve Months And A Day and You Left Early: A True Story of Love and Alcohol.

Michel Faber is the author of Undying: A Love Story, The Crimson Petal and the White, and Under the Skin. Michel Faber lives in Folkestone.

Click here for more information about Louisa Young

Click here for more information about Michel Faber

If you are struggling with bereavement or grief and need some support, Mind offer a useful list of contacts and resources 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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