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Ulysses & Co: Banned Books

Ulysses & Co: Banned Books

For the duration of this year’s Festival, the newly-opened The Folkestone Bookshop is transformed into Ulysses & Co: Banned Books, a shop devoted to 499 books that have been banned in different parts of the world at one time or another.

499 is the number of copies of James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses, (published in 1922) that were impounded in Folkestone and subsequently burned for obscenity. The shop is opposite Quarterhouse on Tontine Street so come visit during the festival and be surprised, perhaps even astonished, at some of the books against which action has been taken across the ages.

The Folkestone Bookshop will be curating a programme of events to happen in the shop during the festival.

Venue: The Folkestone Bookshop, 70-72 Tontine Street, Folkestone, CT20 1JP


The Shape of Things to Come, our forward-thinking Book Festival returns this autumn. Running from Friday 18 November to the following Sunday 27 November 2022, Folkestone Book Festival will present a celebration of writing, reading, thinking and debate.

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How’s your reading list? Look no further than the Canterbury Christ Church University Book Shop for all of your essential Folkestone Book Festival reads. Click here for more information and to buy books.


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