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Theo Padnos: The Prison Notebooks

Theo Padnos: The Prison Notebooks

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In October of 2012 the al Qaeda organisation in Syria tried Theo Padnos, an American journalist, on espionage charges, then sentenced him to death. Padnos comes from Vermont to talk about how to survive in terrible conditions, and about his writing in captivity.

Theo Padnos is the author of Blindfold: A Memoir of Capture, Torture and Enlightenment and My life had stood a loaded gun, a memoir of his experiences teaching in prison. After his release, Theo Padnos spent time convalescing in Folkestone.

Theo will be joined by Erwin James, the author of Redeemable: A memoir of darkness and hope and Editor in Chief of Inside Time, the newspaper for people in prison.


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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