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Welcome to the Folkestone Book Festival 2016

Festival supporters Church & Dwight

Take advantage of our great pricing offers! EARLY BIRD

Purchase your tickets before and inclusive of Sunday 18 September 2016 and benefit from reduced prices. Tickets purchased during this period will be either £5 or £7 (some exceptions apply). Concession/Friends and group bookings discounts (see below) will not apply for this period. GROUP BOOKINGS

Of the five Creative Foundation projects, Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone Artworks, Quarterhouse and Creative Quarter, it is the Folkestone Book Festival that is by far the oldest. Started in 1982, it in fact predates the Foundation by two decades. When it first started as the Kent Literary Festival it was one of only five book festivals in Britain. Today the UK has over 350.

I’m writing this intro at a time of heightened uncertainty for the country with reverberations across the world that may not be resolved by the end of the year, so what can a book festival offer in such circumstances? Folkestone Book Festival is a place to feel part of a community, to gather and listen to stories, to question and to laugh, to reflect on the big picture and take the long view. It will also be a place to nurture one’s individual creativity and to reflect on what makes us human.

This rapid growth has created significant competition for both audiences and writers. To stand out in the crowd the Folkestone Book Festival looks to bring the best writers and speakers to our town, who speak to us about our time and place.

Once again, the programme is as eclectic as possible so that everybody can find something they like. Whether you want to bring the kids or come with a friend, listen to talks about Monet or money, food or poison, gay culture or Tudor Queens, fighting depression or terrorism, you should find something you want to attend.

Writers tell stories. These might be facts or fictions, but skillfully woven we gain insight into the ideas that we need to make Folkestone the place we wish it to be. I am delighted that for the second year Church and Dwight are sponsoring our festival as part of their work to make Folkestone a better place. We hope our events will stimulate thoughts that can feed into Church and Dwight’s Ideas Factory for Folkestone.

There will be lots of occasions to take part through walks and workshops. As to your Christmas shopping, the Canterbury Christ Church bookshop will sort you out.

For those of you who want to purchase quite a few tickets we have put together a great offer! Purchase more than 6 full adult rate, Concession/ Friends tickets for any Book Festival events and receive a 10% discount on final price. To benefit from this offer please call Quarterhouse Box Office on 01303 760750. This offer doesn’t apply for free events or during the early bird period.

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Concessionary rates apply where stated to under 21s, full time students, registered unemployed and registered disabled. Just show us a proof of status!

As the biggest manufacturers in Folkestone, Church and Dwight UK Ltd drive growth through innovation and forward thinking. This year they have launched their ‘Ideas Factory’ community support programme to help make Folkestone a better place to live, work and visit. The Church & Dwight Ideas Factory are inviting new ideas directly from the Folkestone community. Ideas can be posted onto their Facebook Page or entered on line at ChurchDwightIdeasFactory


Enjoy unlimited access to all Book Festival events for only £100. You can purchase your Festival Pass for only £90 during the early Bird period (see above). To purchase your Folkestone Book Festival Pass please contact Quarterhouse box office on 01303 760750. You must still book your seat for the events you intend to attend. WEEKEND DAY TICKET

For the first time we are introducing a weekend day ticket for £30 for the Saturdays and Sundays (19, 20, 26 & 27 Nov) for those of you who want to attend all of the events on each of these 4 busy days of the festival. This offer is not available during the Early Bird period. You must still book your seat for the events you intend to attend.

So do explore the programme (and don’t miss the Fringe either) and I look forward to seeing you on Friday 18 November to switch on the Christmas lights with the wonderful Jonathan Coe.

It is also the second year that we have linked with Canterbury Christ Church University, our creative partner, on a series of events and workshops.


Geraldine D’Amico Curator, Folkestone Book Festival

We all look forward to seeing you in November.

Every time you book your tickets online, over the phone or in person, please donate towards our programme of events for schools. Your support will ensure that we continue to offer these events for free to all primary schools.

Alastair Upton Chief Executive, Creative Foundation Box Office 01303 760750



Friday 18 November SCHOOLS

Horrible Science


Tales that Witness Madness

Jonathan Coe in conversation with Andy Miller The author of What a Carve Up! and The Rotters’ Club and, most recently, Number Eleven talks to Andy Miller about his vision of Britain today, a source of both comedy and despair. Jonathan Coe loves combining social commentary and farce and like all great novelists, he enables us to put ourselves in the shoes of others and question the world we live in. Do not miss what will certainly be a humorous and thought-provoking conversation, perfect to set the tone for the rest of the week. 7pm / £10 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £7 / Includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie

with Nick Arnold See page 5 for more information. 11.30am & 1.30pm / Quarterhouse / Schools only (years 5 & 6)

Saturday 19 November WORKSHOP


How not to write a book

Horrible Science with Nick Arnold

Andy Miller is a reader, editor and author of books, most recently The Year of Reading Dangerously. He has worked in publishing and bookselling for 25 years and collaborated with many well-known writers. This workshop should appeal to all budding authors – how to bring the best out of your story, whatever it may be, and how to avoid some of the most common pitfalls. This will be an informative and funny session and a chance to ask for some expert advice. 10am / Quarterhouse Meeting Room / £15 / Friends & conc. £13 / Early bird £12

Prepare yourself for an explosive family event! Packed with all things gross, grisly and gratifyingly gruesome, Nick Arnold celebrates the best belly-churning bits of science and offers awful answers and foul facts about the world around us in this horribly hilarious event. 10am / Quarterhouse / Adults £6 / Children £5 / Family £20 (2 adults, 2 children)

Creative Quarter Christmas Lights What better way to start this year’s Folkestone Book Festival than ushering in the festive season with an evening of light, song, cheer and shopping! We are thrilled that award-winning author Jonathan Coe, will be turning on the Christmas lights in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter this year, bathing The Old High Street in festive illuminations as we build up to the big day! There will be a lantern procession, carol singing and live music, guaranteed to get the merriment kick started. Creative Quarter shops will have later opening hours, providing the perfect opportunity to pick up that gift for someone special, and local shops will also be wowing the crowds with their entries for the annual window display competition. Be sure to vote for your favourite!


Artificial Intelligence: Its nature and future Margaret Boden

Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, Margaret Boden is one of the best known figures in the field of artificial intelligence. She shows us how AI is already everywhere around us, helping us in countless ways. But what are the philosophical and technological challenges and should we fear future developments? 11.30am / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

Join us for this thoroughly joyous evening, meeting at the top of The Old High Street on Friday 18 November at 5.30pm Box Office 01303 760750



Saturday 19 November FAMILY WORKSHOP

Create your own illustrated book

Saturday 19 November FUTURE



Sir Martin Rees

David Crystal

Mary Ann Sieghart, Robin Lustig and more speakers TBC

The Long View

Learn how to create a small illustrated book out of 1 piece of paper, through folding and cutting. We will show you how to create characters and environments for your book through a variety of methods including monoprint and collage. Led by Rob McDonald, a Book Artist / Illustrator and Senior Lecturer at UCA Canterbury. 11am – 3pm / Block 67, 67 Tontine Street / Free, just drop in! FOOD

Farmageddon Philip Lymbery

The CEO of Compassion in World Farming tells the story of our global farming system gone mad and how it endangers our health, our countryside and the welfare of animals. But it’s not too late to change our current food production and eating practices and find a way to a better farming future. An urgent wake-up call. 1.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5


How running makes us human Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Futurologist Sir Martin Rees, professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, revisits HG Wells and looks at what the author of The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds had feared or foreseen. He will also wonder what Wells would make of the 21st century and of our most recent technological and political developments. 4.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

The Gift of the Gab With his usual verve and eloquence, David Crystal provides fascinating insights into the way we use words. Looking at (and listening to) pitch, pace, prosody, jokes, appropriateness, and even how to wield a microphone, David Crystal will share his expert understanding of eloquence as he examines each of its facets. This promises to be in equal measures fascinating, entertaining and essential. 6.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

What next?

By the time the Festival takes place, Teresa May will have been Prime Minister for a few months and initiated the process of leaving the EU. But what other changes are in store after this summer’s turmoils? What of the US presidential race? Will there be more causes for concern or hope? These and other questions will be the topic of a discussion which the public is warmly invited to join. 8pm / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

Running is not just a sport. Vybarr Cregan-Reid shows how it reconnects us to our bodies and the places in which we live, how it lifts the spirit, allows our minds out to play and helps us to slip away from the demands of the modern world. Dr Vybarr Cregan-Reid teaches English literature at Kent University. 3pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

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Sunday 20 November WORKSHOP

Writing Workshop Join Francesca Baker for a creative writing workshop full of inventive and stimulating exercises, all drawing inspiration from the history, environment and spirit of Folkestone and the local area. 10am / Quarterhouse Meeting Room / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

Sunday 20 November WELL BEING

Living a good life, dying a good death Johannes Klabbers in conversation with Alastair Upton


The Phenomenal World of Philip Sassoon Damian Collins

MP for Folkestone and Hythe since 2010, Damian Collins has written about his predecessor 100 years ago: a fascinating man who connected great politicians, artists and thinkers at the height of British global power and influence. The son of Iraqi Jews, Sassoon craved acceptance from the English establishment. 10.30am / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5


The Story in Our Genes Adam Rutherford

DNA determines far less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals, but vastly more about us as a species. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes tell us about history, and what history tells us about our genes. Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. 12 noon / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5 Box Office 01303 760750


What comfort can an agnostic give people who are suffering or dying? Johannes Klabbers gave up a tenured academic position to train as secular pastoral carer in a cancer hospital. He learned how simply talking and listening can help face death. A powerful affirmation of our capacity for humane care. 1.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5


Bibliotherapied Margaret Drabble with Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin

Dame Margaret Drabble has a long and impressive career as a novelist and non-fiction writer. She will submit to a bibliotherapy session with the authors of the Novel Cure, talking about her reading habits from childhood to today, which books influenced her, those she looks forward to reading. They will also talk about her new novel, The Dark Flood Rises. 3pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5 Free bibliotherapy sessions with Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin to read yourself happy at Steep Street throughout the day. Check the Fringe page on the website.



Passionate about Shakespeare Andrew Dickson

Anti-apartheid activist, Bollywood screenwriter, hero of the Wild West: no writer has been adapted and adopted as widely as Shakespeare. Andrew Dickson, author of the hugely acclaimed The Globe Guide to Shakespeare and Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare’s Globe shares his passion for the bard and looks at his uniquely enduring international appeal. 4.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

Sunday 20 November

Monday 21 November FICTION



Shappi Khorsandi talks to Paul Moss

Linda Streatman

Frank Capra, with Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane and Raymond Massey / 1944 / 1h58 min

Nina is not OK Shappi Khorsandi is famous for her black comedy. Death threats against her father, a satirist, forced the family to flee Iran where she was born but she grew up using humour as the best response to difficult situations. She is also the president of the British Humanist Association. All of this and her first novel, Nina is not OK, a coming of age story, will make for a captivating conversation. 6pm / Quarterhouse / £10 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £7


Friends of the Book Festival Quiz Come and enjoy our Annual Quiz – a little literary knowledge and lots of general knowledge are all you need. Teams can be no more than 6 people but don’t worry if you are on your own, you can join with others. 8pm / Quarterhouse / £5

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The Secret Poisoner

Arsenic and Old Lace

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs and that insanity runs in his family. 2.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

Linda Stratmann takes us back to the Victorian age when poison –from arsenic to strychnine- seems to have been the weapon of choice for murderers: gruesome deaths, toxicology, and the games of cat and mouse between criminals and the police. Not for the faint-hearted. 1pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5


Rock’n’Roll Politics

Ken Livingstone, Bob Marshall Andrews and Steve Richards Political columnist and broadcaster Steve Richards brings his fantastic show – a mixture of analysis and comedy – to the festival. He will interview former London mayor Ken Livingstone and novelist, QC and former MP Bob Marshall Andrews. Expect probing questions, fast pace and much irreverence. 7pm / Quarterhouse / £10 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £7 Sponsored by the Friends of the Book Festival in memory of Nick Spurrier


Tuesday 22 November SCHOOLS

Bravo Mr William Shakespeare! Marcia Williams

Writer and illustrator Marcia Williams brings Shakespeare’s plays to life, retelling the stories and making them accessible to young people. 11.30am & 1.30pm / Quarterhouse / Schools only (years 5 & 6)



Hard Yards: Highs and Lows of a Life in Cricket

Mike Yardy in conversation with Dan Hulme Mike Yardy is one of only 11 English cricketers to reach the absolute pinnacle of his profession. In 2010 his team won the T20 World Cup. He was an established member of England’s one-day side. Yet he was riddled with self-doubt. Was he good enough? Without knowing it, Yardy had been suffering from depression and in 2011, he finally sought treatment. His autobiography is the story of a courageous sportsman who confronted his problems head-on. He now helps other sportsmen learn to live with mental illness through his work with the mental health charity MIND. 7pm / Three Hills Sports Park, Cheriton Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 5JU / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5


Memoirs of a Whore Julie Peakman

Historian Julie Peakman tells us the story of Peg Plunkett, the first madame to write her memoirs, an eighteenth century whore who blitzed her way through balls, leaving dukes, barristers and lieutenants stranded in her wake. 5.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

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Tuesday 22 November


Explorations at the Edge of Knowledge Marcus du Sautoy

Britain’s most famous mathematician, Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, takes us to the edge of knowledge. Is the universe infinite? Do we know what happened before the Big Bang? Where is human consciousness located in the brain? Is it possible that we will one day know everything? And if not, how do we cope with knowing there are things that will forever transcend our understanding? 7pm / Quarterhouse / £10 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £7


Wednesday 23 November

Thursday 24 November




Stella West-Harling

Paul Cartledge, Victoria Hislop, Alexi Kaye Campbell and Tiffany Jenkins Chaired by Lennox Morrison

David Drake

A cook’s book

Greek Night

Greece is the cradle of Western culture, language and politics; it’s a wonderful holiday destination; it has also sadly suffered from a devastating economic crisis, seemingly putting the Eurozone at risk. Professor Paul Cartledge from Cambridge University reminds us of some of things we have to thank the Greeks for, starting with democracy. Novelist Victoria Hislop, who lives there part-time, shares her passion for the country. Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell takes us back to Greece’s darkest hours. And Tiffany Jenkins tells us why she thinks the Parthenon marbles should stay at the British Museum. There will be time for discussion while enjoying some delicious nibbles and drinks but no breaking plates! 7pm / Quarterhouse / £10 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £7 Stella West- Harling tells her fascinating personal story from poverty and survival in post- war Britain to becoming the owner of one of the most successful cookery schools in the UK, the Ashburton Cookery School. She set up the first organic restaurant using local seasonal produce in the early 1980’s in Oxfordshire. For the past 10 years she has been developing food strategies for her beloved Dartmoor, including a new project to create a Community Kitchen hub. She was voted one of the top 100 most influential women in the hospitality sector alongside Prue Leith, Ruth Rodgers, Jill Stein and Delia Smith. 1pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5 Box Office 01303 760750

Paris at War Historian David Drake has chronicled the lives of ordinary Parisians during WWII, drawing on diaries and reminiscences of people who endured these years. He tells us the stories of resisters, collaborators, occupiers, and victims who, unlike us, could not know how the story would end. 12.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5 HISTORY

How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World Gregory Woods

Gregory Woods identifies the ways in which homosexuality has helped shape Western culture across continents, languages, and almost a century from the trials of Oscar Wilde to the gay liberation era. Woods shines a light on the informal networks of gay people in the arts and other creative fields which connected gay writers, actors, artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, politicians, and spies. Woods explores the coping strategies of minorities, the hypocrisies of conservatism, and the effects of positive and negative discrimination. He presents a surpassing portrait of the men and women who both redefined themselves and changed history. Gregory Woods was the first Chair in Gay and Lesbian Studies in the UK in 1998. He is also a poet. 6.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5 THEATRE

Sand in the Sandwiches: A Celebration of John Betjeman By Hugh Whitemore with Edward Fox

John Betjeman was the nation’s favourite poet, famous not only for light verse and laughter, but for his passions, his sense of purpose and his unforgettable poetry. Edward Fox stars in this brand new stage play, bringing Betjeman’s poetry and his vivacious personality to life through his youth to becoming Britain’s Poet Laureate. Double BAFTA winner Edward Fox (OBE) is one of this country’s most eminent actors. His career counts iconic British films such as The Day of the Jackal, A Bridge Too Far, Oh! What a Lovely War, to name a few. Emmy Award winning writer Hugh Whitemore’s works include Stevie, Pack of Lies and Breaking the Code. 8pm / Quarterhouse / £18 / Friends & conc. £16 / Early bird £15 14


Friday 25 November ART

Frank Auerbach: Speaking and Painting Catherine Lampert

Born in Berlin in 1931 to Jewish parents, the eight-year-old Auerbach was sent to England in 1939 to escape the Nazi regime. His parents died in a concentration camp. Now in his eighties, Auerbach is still producing his distinctly sculptural paintings of friends, family and surroundings in north London. The art historian and curator Catherine Lampert has had unique access to the artist since 1978 when she first became one of his sitters. She shares her unique insight into his professional life, working methods, philosophy and friendships with Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Leon Kossoff. 1pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

Friday 25 November HISTORY


Alison Weir

support of her critically acclaimed new collection of writing Wyatt at the Coyote Palace. Hersh found fame in 4AD’s legendary Throwing Muses and has continued to receive worldwide acclaim as a solo artist and as part of 50 Foot Wave. Her solo and mostlyacoustic career spun off in 1994 with the release of Hips and Makers which became widely acclaimed and included Your Ghost a duet with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. Since then, Kristin has released a steady stream of solid and distinctly individual albums. Kristin’s first book Paradoxical Undressing was described by Rolling Stone as “one of the top ten best rock memoirs ever written”. This special live show will consist of a selection of readings from Wyatt at the Coyote Palace alongside a live solo music set. 8pm / Quarterhouse / £10 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £7

The life of Katherine Kristin Hersh A rare solo appearance from cult 4AD artist Kristin Hersh in of Aragon


Frank by Jake Auerbach

Alison Weir takes you on an engrossing journey at Katherine’s side and shows her extraordinary strength of character and intelligence. A Spanish princess raised to be modest, obedient and devout, destined to be an English Queen. Six weeks from home across treacherous seas, everything is different. At sixteen years-old, Catalina is alone among strangers. She misses her mother and mourns her lost brother. She cannot trust anyone. History tells us how she died. Alison Weir shows us how she lived. 6pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

56 minutes

Jake Auerbach filmed the 2015 exhibition co-curated by Catherine Lampert so that his father, something of a recluse, could see how it looked. He then filmed his responses to seeing the work after a break of anything up to 60 years. The result is a film that unfolds an obsessive painter’s personal manifesto (citing references as diverse as Morecambe & Wise, Gauguin and Shakespeare) which is woven into the relationship between father and son. 2.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5 Box Office 01303 760750



Saturday 26 November WORKSHOP

Writing for Health and Wellbeing How can literature and creative writing help us make sense of the challenges of life? Join trained biblio-poetry therapist, Victoria Field to explore the potential of words to promote wellbeing. We will read and discuss poetry and prose and do some writing in response. Victoria has recently published a memoir on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela and is a poet and playwright. No previous experience necessary, only a willingness to participate. Please bring pen and paper. 10am / Quarterhouse Meeting Room / £15 / Friends & conc. £12/ Early bird £10 KIDS

Axel Scheffler Gruffalo creator Axel Scheffler will be drawing a selection of characters from his Pip and Posy books, talking about his work and reading some of his stories. 11am / Quarterhouse / Adults £6 / Children £5 / Family £20 (2 adults, 2 children) / Ages 3+

Saturday 26 November FICTION

The Gustav Sonata

Rose Tremain talks to Steven Gale The Gustav Sonata has been hailed as possibly Rose Tremain’s finest novel, the beautifully told story of a kind-hearted boy growing up in Switzerland during World War Two and his friendship with a talented young Jewish pianist. Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender, Rose Tremain asks what it does to a person, or to a country, to pursue an eternal quest for neutrality and self-mastery, while all life’s hopes and passions continually press upon the borders. 2pm / Quarterhouse / £10 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £7


Travel writing workshop


Learn how to make a concertina book The workshop will provide an opportunity to create a concertina book that will introduce you to techniques including folding, tearing, cutting as well as collaging elements such as stamps, matchboxes and memorabilia. Andrew Malone is an artist who works with books, paper and collage and Course Leader at UCA Canterbury. 12pm – 4pm / Block 67, 67 Tontine Street / Free, just drop in!


Turn your Demons into Creative Rocket Fuel Jamie Catto


Travels in Sri Lanka John Gimlette

John Gimlette describes his three months of travels in Sri Lanka. Few places are as contradictory. The island is home to over 7,300 wild elephants and yet it’s only the size of Ireland. For the last three decades, it has hosted not only an alluring tourist industry but also the most savage civil war Asia has ever known (1983-2009). Venturing into the remotest corners of the country, John will be offering advice for those wishing to share in the beauty and strangeness of this remarkable country. 12.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5 Box Office 01303 760750

Award-winning travel writer John Gimlette will offer some practical tips on travel writing from finding your own voice and hands-on exercises to getting published. 3pm / Quarterhouse Meeting Room / £15 / Friends & conc. £13 / Early bird £12


From infancy we are taught to edit ourselves, trimming out the darker, weirder, less acceptable parts in order to please others but this addiction to approval holds us back. Jamie Catto shows how to transform our thinking, how to reframe disappointment (because not getting what we want can be as useful as getting what we want). Catto invites us to better know our deepest instincts and unlock our true power. Jamie Catto was a founding member of Faithless, a ballad singer/songwriter. He is also a photographer, script editor and creative catalyst. “Jamie Catto is kind, wise, open, boundlessly energetic, optimistic and passionate. I adore him”. Stephen Fry 3.30pm / Quarterhouse / £10 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £7 19

Saturday 26 November ART

Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies Ross King

Claude Monet intended the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny to provide an asylum of peaceful meditation. Ross King reveals how these beautiful canvases belie the intense frustration Monet experienced at the difficulties of capturing the effects of light, water, and colour as well as the threats of WW1, the challenge of a new generation of artists, led by Matisse and Picasso, bereavement and ill health. Ross King is the bestselling author of books on Italian, French and Canadian art and history. He has lectured widely in both Europe and North America. 5.00pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5 Box Office 01303 760750


The Psychology of Money and How to Use it Better

Sunday 27 November POETRY

Don’t Panic Lemn Sissay

Claudia Hammond

How much do we really understand money? We know we need it and often want more of it but why? Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, biology and behavioural economics, award-winning BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond reveals some effective tricks that will help you think about, use and save money better - from how being grumpy helps if you don’t want to be ripped off to why you should never offer to pay your friends for favours. This could change the way you view the cash in your wallet and the figures in your bank account forever. Claudia is a broadcaster, writer and psychology lecturer. 6.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5


Born of an Ethiopian mother, Lemn Sissay was raised by a white family in the North of England. Aged eighteen, he hand-sold his first poetry collection to miners on the picket lines. Since then his poems have been sculpted in iron and built from concrete, recited in over twenty countries. He has performed to thousands of football fans at the FA Cup Final, to hundreds of thousands as the poet of the 2012 Olympics, and to millions across the airwaves on BBC Radio 4 and across the nation’s TV screens. Don’t miss one of the nation’s best-loved voices. 8.00pm / Quarterhouse / £10 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £7


Writing TV programme proposals Every television programme starts with a proposal whether it is a formatted factual entertainment show like Come Dine With Me or a hard-hitting piece of investigative journalism. Award winning producer and director Jad Adams will run a workshop taking TV hopefuls through the process from choosing a title and tagline to making sure your proposal is one commissioning editors want to read. Jad Adams, who lives in Folkestone, had a 20-year career in television, making programmes for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV companies and US networks. 10am / Quarterhouse Meeting Room / £15 / Friends & conc. £13 / Early bird £12


Philip Ardagh

Join giant and author Philip Ardagh…and his beard… and The Grunts. The latest adventure sees The Grunts All At Sea and on a mission to transport a Person of Great Importance (POGI) somewhere… Will the Grunts deliver their POGI? Will Mr Grunt get the silver coins he’s been promised? Will an audience member faint at the wonder of Philip’s beard?! There’s only one way to find out… 11am / Quarterhouse / Adults £6 / Children £5 / Family £20 (2 adults, 2 children) / Ages 7+




Roy Moed and Helen Stevenson, chaired by Lennox Morrison In Love Like Salt writer and translator Helen Stevenson writes about motherhood, her daughters, music and illness (cystic fibrosis), trying to make a happy life in rural France and telling her story. Roy Moed is the founder of Lifebook, an idea born of wanting to motivate his ageing father by helping him write his life story. Lifebook was set up to help non-writers. Lennox Morrison asks them about their experiences, whether we all have a book in us and the issues faced when trying to write a memoir. 12.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5 Sponsored by the Friends of the Book Festival

Sunday 27 November

Sunday 27 November



Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

Gwynne Dyer

The Battle of the Somme

Isis, Terror and the Middle East

No conflict better encapsulates all that went wrong on the Western Front than the Battle of the Somme in 1916 with so many lives tragically lost. 19,240 British soldiers died on the first day as remembered by Mark Wallinger in his powerful piece on the Leas. Sebag-Montefiore reconstructs life at the Front based on the first-hand experiences of both Allied and enemy soldiers.Hugh Sebag-Montefiore was a barrister before becoming a historian. He is the author of Kings On The Catwalk: The Louis Vuitton and Moët-Hennessy Affair as well as Enigma: The Battle for The Code and Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man. 2pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

Veteran political journalist Gwynne Dyer takes us on a quick tour of the Middle East and explains ISIS’ strategy and why the West should resist the urge to get involved. Dyer’s analysis is intelligent and wryly articulated and could change your perception of terrorism, war and the balance of power in that volatile part of the war. Essential.Gwynne Dyer is an historian and independent journalist. He has published several books and has had his articles widely syndicated for many years. 5pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5


Playing Lear

Michael Pennington FOOD

Michael Pennington’s performance as Lear in New York in 2014 was considered to be the equal of those of John Gielgud. It resulted in King Lear In Brooklyn – part memoir, part analysis, part adventure story. Funny, candid, both honest and scholarly, this will be an illuminating insight into the play and the work of the actor. Michael Pennington has been a leading actor for fifty years, he has worked on Shakespeare all his life for the RSC and for his own English Shakespeare Company but he has also played most of the great playwrights from Chekhov to Pinter, Euripides to Stoppard. 6.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

How we Learn to Eat

Bee Wilson talks to Helen Sharp We are not born knowing what to eat. We all have to learn it as children. For our diets to change, we need to relearn the food experiences that first shaped us. Award-winning food writer Bee Wilson draws on the latest research from food psychologists, neuroscientists and nutritionists to reveal how our food habits are shaped by a whole host of factors: family and culture, memory and gender, hunger and love. She also looks at how people eat in different parts of the world. She will show how we can change our palates to lead healthier, happier lives. 3.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

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Steep Street Coffee House Thurle Wright: Chance Encounters – New bookworks 18 November – 18 December Using pages cut, woven, folded or stitched from some of Steep Street’s old books, the works range from tiny objects tucked between the teacups and cakes, or spilling from the counter, to papery growths spreading from quiet corners. The works are intended to compliment the unexpected connections that come from time spent meeting, browsing, eavesdropping and day-dreaming in this wonderful venue.


Brew Terry Smith: WORDPLAY Friday 18 November - Sunday 4th December Private View: Thursday 17 November 6 – 8pm BREW presents texts works by artist Terry Smith. Smith’s eclectic practice covers installation, drawing, film, video, sounds works and performance. This is the first occasion when a selection of texts works are shown together that range from 1974 to 2016. Strange Cargo Sea Swim: Head above Water 22 October – 26 November The transformative effects of sea bathing that inspire artists and writers are captured in an exhibition that explores its sensations, stories and psychological impact. Head Above Water reveals the embodied imagination of the swimmer’s experience through film, photograph, sculptures, drawing and poetry. Artists: Sally Barker, Tessa Bunney, Gary Coyle, Dorothy Cross, Lynn Dennison, Peter Matthew, Heinrich & Palmers, Simon Pope, Gayle Chong Swan, Anna Sikorska, Kit Wise and Sea Swim.


Steep Street Canterbury Yarners Saturday 19 November / 6pm Bibliotherapy with Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud Sunday 20 November / 11am – 2.30pm Hijack Poetry Workshop by Project Drawer Monday 21 November / 10am – 12pm Calisi Press celebrates Italian woman writers Wednesday 23 November / 7.15pm Lime Bar A Country of Refuge: words and music with Lucy Popescu, Haymanot and Hubert Moore Saturday 19 November / 6.30pm Canterbury Yarners Saturday 19 November / 8.30pm Café Collective Crime Writers and Coppers with Lisa Cutts and Simon Booker Saturday 19 November / 3pm WALKS OFFERED BY CCCU

– Margate is weird. We do not dislike it’ – T. S. Eliot in Margate – Idling with Jerome K. Jerome – Walk in the Footsteps of a Sister Suffragette – Walk Like Wells Box Office 01303 760750


Folkestone Herald Book Festival Competitions 2016


Inspired by the visit of the Horrible Science author Nick Arnold to the Book Festival, Folkestone Herald would like to invite budding writers in year groups 5 and 6 to enter our illustrated short story competition. Participants are asked to team up with artists in their class to illustrate their tale to celebrate the appearance of world-renowned book illustrator Axel Scheffler at the festival.

in association with Church & Dwight This year our media partner, Folkestone Herald, is running two short story competitions for adults and our younger friends.

Shepway has produced some inspiring scientific work: William Harvey who documented the circulation of blood was born in Folkestone, Samuel Plimsoll who saved so many lives at sea with his famous ‘line’ lived and died in the town; while Dungeness Power Station has been home to many scientists over the years.

Closing date for both competitions is 12pm Friday 4 November 2016. Please post your entry to Amy Nickalls, Folkestone Herald, Westcliffe House, West Cliff Gardens, Folkestone CT20 1SZ or email it to

The popular 500-word short story competition for adults is back, giving scribes across the region the opportunity to showcase their literary talents. Your story can be on any subject but should have a Folkestone, Hythe or Romney Marsh connection, and include the words ‘SANDS’ and ‘NEWSPAPER’. The winner’s story will be published online and in print. He or she will receive a pair of tickets to a Book Festival event of their choice and get a special tour around the Church & Dwight factory.

Now we would like youngsters to be inspired to write an illustrated adventure story with a scientific theme of up to 500 words. You can use any time in history, any style and any setting. To illustrate it, you could team up with another member of your class – just like professional authors and illustrators do – or create the drawings yourself. The winner’s story will be published online and in print. He or she will also win a pair of tickets to see Nick Arnold at the Book Festival and get a special tour around the Church & Dwight factory.


available at Steep Street Coffee House. More info

– Illustrations: work must be submitted as a digital image, 297 x 420 mm – Flash Fiction: Entries must be composed of 250 words or less – Short and Tweet: A story in less than 140 characters Deadline for submission: 01/10/16, £5 entry fee £50 prize for the winner of each category and top five entries to be published in a magazine



The winning stories and runners-up will be published in the Folkestone Anthology. FIRST PRIZE £100 SECOND PRIZE £50 Deadline: 31/10/16, £5 entry fee Winners will be announced at Sunflower House, 45 Foord Road, at 3pm on Wednesday 23 November 2016 (entrance free). 25

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All details are correct at time of publishing (Aug on Gardens Grimst16). The Creative Foundation reserves the right to change the programme and introduce special offers and discounts without prior notice. These will not apply to tickets already purchased before the announcement. Updates will be available on the Folkestone Book Festival and Quarterhouse websites and at the Quarterhouse Box Office. Latecomers will not be allowed Sinto andgattheir seats until a suitable break in the performance. e Hill Audio recorders, cameras and mobile phones may not be used in the venue. The management reserves the right to refuse Cliff Road admission. All tickets are non-transferable and will be void if re-sold. Some performances may contain strong language and The Grand adult themes, we reserve the right to decline refund requests e Leas on the basis of event content being deemedThinappropriate. l Road Dixwel

Early Bird Purchase your tickets before and inclusive of Sunday 18 September 2016 and benefit from reduced prices. Tickets purchased during this period will be either £5 or £7 (some exceptions apply). Concession/Friends and group bookings discounts (see below) will not apply for this period.


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Access Quarterhouse is a fully accessible venue. Please inform the Box Office of your requirements.



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Friends of the Folkestone Book Festival Members are entitled to book one ticket per member per event at the special discounted “Friends” price. Godwyn Road

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Ticket Collection Tickets that are paid for in advance can be collected on the day, up to 30 minutes prior to the event. Tickets can also be posted to you at an additional charge of 50p. Please check your tickets on receipt.

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Weekend Day Ticket For the first time we are introducing a weekend day ticket for £30 for the Saturdays and Sundays (19, 20, 26 & 27 Nov) for those of you who want to attend all of the events on each of these 4 busy days of the festival. This offer is not available during the Early Bird period. You must still book your seat for the events you intend to attend. d oa eR liff nc or Sh

Payment Cheques to be made payable to the Creative Foundation and can only be used in person at the Box Office. Credit and debit cards carry a £1.00 fee per transaction.

Taxis JJ’s Taxis: 01303 244 442 Premier Cars: 01303 270 000

Parking The Nearest car parks are Tram Road (2mins),


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Opening times Monday to Saturday – 10am to 5pm Sunday – Closed (except on event days) Box Office reopens at 6pm on event nights

Folkestone Book Festival Pass Enjoy unlimited access to all Book Festival events for only £100. You can purchase your Festival Pass for only £90 during the early Bird period (see Cheri above). To purchase your Folkestone Book ton R FestivaloadPass please contact Quarterhouse box office on 01303 760750. You must still book your seat for the events you intend to attend.

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By Bus or Coach A direct National Express coach service runs from London Victoria Coach Station to the main bus station in Bouverie Square, Folkestone. Stagecoach operates a network of routes linking local towns and villages to Folkestone.

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Payers Park (2mins) and the Harbour car park (5mins). All council car parks charge daily fees starting from £1.20 per hour. There is limited parking available behind Quarterhouse which requires a parking permit that can be obtained from Quarterhouse. For more information please call Quarterhouse Box Office.

How to find Quarterhouse By Train High speed trains run regularly from London St Pancras International (journey time 57 Minutes). The last return train from Folkestone to London is at 22:56. Folkestone Central Station is a short walk from the centre of town and approximately 15 minutes from Quarterhouse. National Railway Enquiries – 08457 484 950 or www.nationalrail.

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Group bookings For those of you who want to purchase quite a few tickets we have put together a great offer! Purchase more than 6 full adult rate, Concession/ Friends tickets for any Book Festival events and receive a 10% discount on final price. To benefit from this offer please call Quarterhouse Box Office on 01303 760750. This offer doesn’t apply for free events or during the early bird period.

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The Friends offer support and sponsorship of Festival events. Your membership of the Friends is an important element in ensuring the future success of the Book Festival. For an annual membership fee of £10 single, £15 double (couples/friends) you can enjoy the following benefits and make a vital contribution to the Folkestone Book Festival. — Sponsorship of Festival events — Concessions on Festival tickets — Monthly book group — Festival quiz night To join the Friends please email

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