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Welcome to the Folkestone Book Festival 2017 Our international night dwells on Germany, a country which in spite of its tragic history became Europe’s powerhouse. On the centenary of the Russian revolution, we offer you a whole day devoted to Russian history and literature to conclude the festival. There will be fiction, the author of The Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier, opening the festival. There will be exquisite music, films, discussions and of course, comedy. The festival will celebrate creativity, art and design. As usual, there will also be a great programme of workshops and fun kids events. So come and meet old friends, make new ones, engage in thought-provoking discussions, open a parenthesis in your everyday life to look at things from a different perspective. This is a tailor-made festival for the great people of a town which keeps reinventing itself and celebrating creativity. I hope you like it!

This year’s tag line could be “Yes, we can!” Here is a programme to beat the winter blues and concentrate on positive thoughts. I’m not inviting you to La La Land but to come and listen to people who believe in the possibility of change and beating the odds: it was cerebral palsy for Francesca Martinez, immigration for Inua Ellams, being born in the wrong body for Juno Dawson; AC Grayling believes we can save our democracy and James Thornton our planet, Roman Krznaric encourages us to slow down, Jamie Bartlett to embrace change and Robert Twigger to master the things we love one at a time. Psychoanalyst Susie Orbach and psychologist Linda Blair share their knowledge and experience. Viv Groskop finds her answers in Russian literature.

Take advantage of our great pricing offers! EARLY BIRD

FOLKESTONE BOOK FESTIVAL PASS

Purchase your Folkestone Book Festival tickets before the end of Sunday 10 September 2017 and benefit from reduced prices. Concession/Friends and group booking discounts (see below) will not apply for this period.

Enjoy unlimited access to all Book Festival events for only £120. You can purchase your Festival Pass for only £100 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 plan to attend.

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 Folkestone 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.

WEEKEND DAY TICKET

We are also offering a Weekend Day Ticket for £38 for the Saturdays and Sundays (18, 19, 25 & 26 Nov) for those of you who want to attend all of the events on each of these 4 busy days of the festival. To purchase your Weekend Day Ticket please contact Quarterhouse box office on 01303 760750. This offer is not available during the Early Bird period. You must still book your seat for the events you plan to attend.

CONCESSIONS

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

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

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.

Geraldine D’Amico Curator, Folkestone Book Festival

The festival is supported by the Canterbury Christ Church University Bookshop. Signed copies are available at almost all events, and key titles include a special discount for all festival goers. For more information – please contact booksellers who will be happy to help. @cccubookshop @ccculibrary www.canterbury.ac.uk/bookshop

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Friday 17 November

Saturday 18 November

SCHOOLS

WORKSHOP

What’s science about? A fun introduction to what science is, what scientists do and how science is communicated. 11.30am & 1.30pm / Quarterhouse / Schools only (Years 5 and 6)

FICTION

Tracy Chevalier Tracy Chevalier talks to Claire Armitstead about her fiction and the many themes she has mined, from Vermeer to fossils, quilting to slavery, dwelling more particularly on her latest book, the powerful New Boy, a retelling of Othello set in a Washington DC playground in the 1970s. She is as much admired for her narratives as for her attention to detail and might share some secrets of the trade. Tracy Chevalier is the author of nine novels, including the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring. American by birth, British by geography, she lives in London. Claire Armitstead is Associate Editor, Culture, for the Guardian. 7pm / Quarterhouse / £10 / Friends & conc. £9 / Early bird £8 / Includes a mince pie and glass of mulled wine on arrival 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 author, Tracy Chevalier 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 carol singing and live music, guaranteed to get the merriment 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 crowd with their entries for the annual window display competition. Be sure to vote for your favourite! Join us for this thoroughly joyous evening, meeting at the top of The Old High Street on Friday 17 November at 5.30pm Box Office 01303 760750

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WORKSHOP

Creative writing workshop: Writing for well being

Draw a Story

with artist Ali Hodgkinson Fogg Drawing objects by torchlight adds a touch of magic to your work and allows a story to unfold. This workshop will build on children’s drawing skills while setting their imaginations free. 11am – 3pm / 67 Tontine Street / Free Drop-in Family Workshop at Block 67

Learn more about and experience for yourself the wonder of words for your wellbeing. Using techniques drawn from creative writing methods, bibliotherapy, psychology and more, Francesca Baker will help you discover the health giving benefits of putting pen to paper. www.andsoshethinks.co.uk 10.30am to 12.30pm / Quarterhouse Meeting Room / £15 / Friends & conc. £13 / Early bird £12 TECH

Big Data: How the information revolution is changing our lives Data has been with us since we first made marks on clay tablets, but big data takes information technology – and its impact on our lives – to a whole new level. The combination of four key pieces of tech – the internet, advanced computers, smartphones and sophisticated algorithms that manage and interpret huge flows of data has made our systems worryingly powerful. In this engaging talk, Brian Clegg looks at how Netflix used big data to turn TV production on its head, why big data encourages airlines to overbook and how it enables unnervingly personal adverts to appear on our computers. Big data presents us with huge opportunities… and challenges but it is here to stay – so we all need to understand it better. 11.30am / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

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Saturday 18 November ENVIRONMENT

Client Earth Who will stop the planet from committing ecological suicide? The UN? Governments? Activists? Corporations? Engineers? Scientists? Lawyers provide new rules to legislatures, see that they are enforced, tackle big business to ensure money flows into cultural change, and keep us informed. James Thornton is one of these inspirational lawyers who have taken the Earth as their client. James Thornton is the founding CEO of ClientEarth, who forced the government to act on illegal levels of air pollution. He was named by the New Statesman as one of 10 people who could change the world. He talks to co-author Martin Goodman, director of the Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing. 1.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

Saturday 18 November HISTORY

War Stories: Gripping tales of courage, cunning and compassion Spanning four centuries and four continents, Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan give us a lively, moving and uniquely intimate account of ordinary men and women who rose to the challenge of war with acts of great heroism and humanity. Peter Snow is a highly respected journalist, author and broadcaster. Ann MacMillan – his wife and the great granddaughter of David Lloyd George – worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 4.30pm / Quarterhouse / £8 / Friends & conc. £7 / Early bird £6 WELL-BEING / HUMOUR

What The *** Is Normal?! Whatever body you’re born into, the pressure to be normal is everywhere. But have you ever met a normal person? What do they look like? Where do they live? What do they eat for breakfast? Francesca Martinez is a wobbly* comedian, writer and speaker who has toured internationally. She shares her funny, inspiring, personal and universal story with us. * Oh yeah, she has mild cerebral palsy but she much prefers the word ‘wobbly’. She was nominated for the ‘Motivator of the Year’ Award along with Sir Bob Geldof, a Top Ten Game Changer in BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Power List 2014, and Hero of the Year in the European Diversity Awards. 6pm / Quarterhouse / £10 / Friends & conc. £9 / Early bird £8

WELL-BEING

Carpe Diem Regained Carpe diem – seize the day – is one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history. But what does it mean? And how can we use it to rethink the art of living? Popular philosopher Roman Krznaric explores the life-changing potential of carpe diem. Drawing on everything from medieval carnival traditions to the neuropsychology of risk, Krznaric looks at how we might overcome the pervasive denial of death in modern society, confront the spectre of procrastination, and ultimately live a life without regret. Roman Krznaric is a social philosopher whose books, including Empathy, The Wonderbox, and How to Find Fulfilling Work, have been published in more than 20 languages. He is the founder of the world’s first Empathy Museum and of the digital Empathy Library. He is also a founding faculty member of The School of Life and on the faculty of Year Here. www.romankrznaric.com 3pm / Quarterhouse / £8 / Friends & conc. £7 / Early bird £6

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POLITICS

The Rise of the Outsiders: How Mainstream Politics Lost its Way In this essential talk, political columnist, journalist and presenter Steve Richards gets to the heart of why conventional politicians are failing to adapt to the challenge of the outsiders from Trump to Corbyn and what it means for us. Steve Richards presents various programmes on BBC Radio and Television, writes for several national newspapers and fronts Rock’n’Roll Politics at the Edinburgh Festival and in London. 7.30pm / Quarterhouse / £8 / Friends & conc. £7 / Early bird £6 6

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Sunday 19 November

Sunday 19 November

WORKSHOP

KIDS WORKSHOP

Creative writing workshop

Christmas Dinner of Souls: Spine-Chilling Workshop with Ross Montgomery!

with Danny Rhodes

Join Danny Rhodes, lecturer in Creative Writing at CCCU, for this relaxed, practical writing workshop which will include: handy hints (and activities) for generating ideas; useful exercises for turning ideas into something more tangible; writing from experience; developing writing habits; tips for writers just beginning their writing journey. Danny is also happy to field general questions from aspiring writers about any aspect of being a writer. Bring a pen and a hardback notebook. You will be writing! 10.30am to 12.30pm / Quarterhouse Meeting Room / £15 / Friends & conc. £13 / Early bird £12

It’s Christmas Eve, and Lewis is being forced to work as a waiter at the local university. But it’s a secret gathering of the most fiendish people... and tonight, they’re competing to tell the most terrifying stories they know! Hear a twisted Christmas story from Ross Montgomery before writing your own toe-curling horror scene to mortify your readers! With the help of atmospheric music and dramatic readings, the children use vivid language, tension and pace to build up to a terrifying climax. 2.30pm to 4pm / Quarterhouse Meeting Room / Recommended age: 8 to 12 / Limited to 20 children, parents welcome should they wish to attend / Children £10

KIDS

Creating Aliens with Ross Montgomery! Have you ever wondered what aliens might look like? In Ross Montgomery’s comedy-adventure book, Perijee & Me, a girl finds an incredible shape-shifting alien and secretly raises him as a little brother. There’s only one problem – Perijee won’t stop growing! Join Ross as he talks about good aliens, bad aliens, weird aliens – then together help him create an alien using vivid descriptive language! Perfect for avid readers, budding creative writers, and children who like things with tentacles. 11am / Quarterhouse / recommended age 8 to 12 / Adults £6 / Children £5 / Family £20 (2 adults, 2 children)

DESIGN

The Language of Cities We live in a world that is now predominantly urban. So how do we define the city as it evolves in the twenty-first century? Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, decodes the underlying forces that shape our cities and the ideas that shape conscious elements of design, whether of buildings or of space. Deyan Sudjic is the author of B is for Bauhaus, The Language of Things and The Edifice Complex. 1.30pm / Quarterhouse / £8 / Friends & conc. £7 / Early bird £6 Box Office 01303 760750

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FICTION / POLITICS

Vince Cable In conversation Former UK business secretary Vince Cable talks about his first novel, a gripping international political drama, Open Arms, set in Whitehall and the slums of Mumbai. He tells how his first-hand knowledge of the intrigues and machinations of political power informed his writing. At a time when facts are often much more unbelievable than fiction, especially in the political world of late, this will no doubt be an enlightening conversation. 3pm / Quarterhouse / £10 / Friends & conc. £9 / Early bird £8

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Sunday 19 November

Monday 20 November

CHANGE

CULTURAL HISTORY

Radicals: Alternatives to the Way we Live

Women and Desire Social and cultural historian Carol Dyhouse draws upon literature, cinema, and popular romance to show how the changing position of women has shaped their dreams about men, from Lord Byron in the early nineteenth century to boybands in the early twenty-first. She looks at men through the eyes of women, female fantasies telling us as much about the history of women as about masculine icons. 1.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

Jamie Bartlett, one of the world’s leading thinkers on radical politics and technology, takes us inside the strange and exciting worlds of the innovators, disruptors, idealists and extremists who think society is broken, and believe they know how to fix it. From dawn raids into open mines to the darkest recesses of the internet, he introduces us to some of the most secretive and influential movements today. What if radicals were not only the symptoms of a deep unrest within the world today, but might offer the most plausible models for our future? 4.30pm / Quarterhouse / £8 / Friends & conc. £7 / Early bird £6 TRAVEL

LITERATURE & FOOD

Dare to Do

Cooking the books with Jane Austen

Amazing adventurer Sarah Outen tells us how she cycled, kayaked and rowed 25,000 miles around the world in 4.5 years: the lows – a broken boat, ill health, depression – and the highs – the kindness of strangers and the spirit of travel. It is an inspiring story of the raw power of nature, of finding love and of discovering one’s inner strength. www.sarahouten.com 6pm / Quarterhouse / £9 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £7

Pen Vogler tells us how she recreated recipes inspired by the novels and letters of Jane Austen and updated them for modern-day cooks. She will share her passion for the great author and for good food and even bring some biscuits for us to sample. 3pm / Quarterhouse Bar / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

GET INVOLVED

Friends of the Book Festival Quiz Come and enjoy the festival’s annual quiz – a little literary knowledge and lots of general knowledge are all you need. Teams of up to 6 people but don’t worry if you are on your own, there will be others to join! 8pm / Quarterhouse / £5 Box Office 01303 760750

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Monday 20 November CREATIVE WRITING

Tuesday 21 N ovember SCHOOLS

Inspired by birds

Kids day with M.G. Leonard

Nicholas Royle and Alex Preston

M.G. Leonard introduces children to the stories of Beetle Boy and Beetle Queen and the exciting world of beetles. She is a wonderful performer and will come laden with cool scientific facts, taxidermy beetles and props. 11.30am & 1.30pm / Quarterhouse / Schools only (years 5 & 6)

These two very different books question our relationship with nature and the role of literature by two writers not afraid to experiment and take their readers on stimulating journeys. In As Kingfishers Catch Fire, illuminated by Neil Gower, Preston weaves the very best writing about birds into a personal narrative that is as much about the joy of reading and writing as it is about the thrill of wildlife. Nicholas Royle’s An English Guide to Birdwatching, illustrated by Natalia Gasson, combines a page-turning story about retirement in a coastal town, literary theft, adultery and ambition with a poetic and moving investigation into our relationship to birds and to the environment. 5pm / Quarterhouse Bar / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

ENVIRONMENT

How fig trees can save the planet Dr Mike Shanahan explains why fig trees are so important to ecology, society and the future of life on earth. These trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles in the dawn of civilisation. This is no coincidence – fig trees are special. They evolved when dinosaurs roamed and have shaped our world ever since. And all because 80 million years ago these trees cut a curious deal with some tiny wasps. As Mike explains, thanks to this deal, fig trees could help restore lost rainforests, conserve wildlife and tackle climate change. In a time of falling trees and rising temperatures, their story offers hope. 4pm / Quarterhouse Bar / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5 FICTION POETRY

Inua Ellams: An Evening with an Immigrant Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, in 1996 award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England aged 12. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua tells his fantastic, poignant story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, performing solo shows at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or a place to call home. 7pm / Quarterhouse / £10 / Friends & conc. £9 / Early bird £8

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Reading the World In 2012, Ann Morgan set out to read a book from every country in the world in one calendar year. The blog-based quest, ayearofreadingtheworld.com, drew the support of readers, authors and translators around the planet. In this lively talk, Morgan reflects on her experiences during the project and researching her book Reading the World. Five years on from the quest that changed her life, the author considers how literary exploration across language and cultural barriers has the potential to challenge accepted narratives, transform thinking and enrich the experience of readers and writers everywhere. 6pm / Quarterhouse Bar / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5 MUSIC & POETRY

Paradise Lost Ceruleo celebrates the 350th anniversary of Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost. Interspersing music from around the time of the printing of the book with readings from the poem, the musicians explore the themes of Heaven and Hell and the Fall of Man with music from Henry Purcell, John Blow and Giacomo Carissimi. Formed in November 2014 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Ceruleo are delighted to have been awarded an Artist Fellowship at The Guildhall School for 2016/17. www.ceruleo.co.uk 8pm / Quarterhouse / £12 / Friends & conc. £10 / Early bird £9 Sponsored by the Friends of the Book Festival 13

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Wednesday 22 November

Wednesday 22 November

FICTION

FILM

The Consequence of Love

German evening: Look Who’s Back When Adolf Hitler reawakens at the site of his former bunker 70 years later, he’s mistaken for a brilliant comedian and becomes a media phenomenon. The film, based on the bestselling novel by Timur Vermes, translated into English by Jamie Bulloch, was a huge hit in Germany. The film is 1h 56m long to be followed by a discussion with Jamie Bulloch so that we can get Hitler and World War II out of the way before the panel discussion! 4pm / Quarterhouse / £6 / Friends, conc. & early bird £5

What happens when the past collides with the present, passion with reason? Sandra Howard talks about her novel of lost loves, deceits and second chances. Sandra Howard was one of the leading fashion models of the 1960s and a freelance journalist, before turning to novel writing. The Consequence of Love is her sixth novel. She is married to the former British Conservative Party Leader Michael Howard. 12.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

WORLD

German round table HISTORY

M: MI5’s Greatest Spymaster Historian Henry Hemming tells us the story of Maxwell Knight, the maverick MI5 officer, better known as ‘M’, a complex character, the inspiration for the James Bond ‘M’ as well as John Le Carré’s Jack Brotherhood in A Perfect Spy. For this talk, he will concentrate on the two women he recruited in the 1930s to penetrate the British Communist movement, leading to the exposure of a Soviet spy-ring in the Woolwich Arsenal. 2pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

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Germany’s history in the 20th century was, to say the least, turbulent and catastrophic. Yet, it faced its difficult past, became a European powerhouse and opened its doors to refugees fleeing war like no other country. This round table is about the present and the future. What challenges does the country face today? What makes it different? Jamie Bulloch is an awardwinning translator from Germany and a historian by training. Eva Ladipo is the author of a contemporary political thriller, currently being adapted for the cinema. She is based in London as political correspondent for Die Welt and has worked for the Financial Times. Rory MacLean is the author of more than a dozen books including Berlin: Imagine a City. He divides his time between the UK, Berlin and Toronto. 7pm / Quarterhouse / £10 / Friends & conc. £9 / Early bird £8 / Includes German nibbles

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Thursday 23 November CRIME FICTION

Partners in crime

with Simon Booker and Mel McGrath Acclaimed local crime writing couple Simon Booker (Kill Me Twice, set in Kent) and Mel McGrath (Give Me the Child) explore the psychology behind such infamous real-life folies à deux as Bonnie and Clyde, the Krays and Fred and Rose West and talk about their own criminal joint enterprise. 1.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5 CRIME FICTION

Killer Crime Writing

Lisa Cutts, William Shaw and Julie Wassmer with Lennox Morrison Police procedurals, literary crime, dark ‘cosy crime’ and the real-life stories that inspired the fiction. Lisa Cutts is a full time police detective as well as the author of the DC Nina Foster series and the East Rise Incident Room crime novels. William Shaw writes the popular Breen and Tozer crime series set in the 1960s. Julie Wassmer, a screenwriter for EastEnders, combines seafood, murder and a multitasking heroine in The Whitstable Pearl Mystery series (just optioned for TV). 3pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

Friday 24 November ART

Colours What makes a colour work? What do colours mean to artists or cultures? Why does grey make a colour stand out? What colour are the oceans? Why is the yellow of lemons something to treasure? Internationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator, Marion Deuchars makes us experience colour afresh by seeing how colours work together and apart. 1.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5

LITERATURE

Anthony Powell

ART

Acclaimed literary biographer Hilary Spurling turns her attention to Anthony Powell, an iconic figure of English letters. Equally notorious for his literary achievements and his lacerating wit, Powell famously authored the twelvevolume, twenty-five year magnum opus, A Dance to the Music of Time. This enduringly fascinating portrait of mid-20th-century Britain has never been out of print, inspiring TV and radio adaptations and elevating the author to The Times’ list of fifty greatest British writers since 1945. 5.30pm / Quarterhouse / £8 / Friends & conc. £7 / Early bird £6 POLITICS

Democracy and its crisis Winston Churchill described democracy as ‘the least bad of all systems.’ So it is, when it works. But it has been made to fail – notice those words: ‘made to fail’ – in at least two of its leading examples in today’s world, the US and the UK. This talk is about how democracy has been made to fail. And it is about how to put it right. A.C. Grayling is a philosopher, author, broadcaster and Master of the New College of the Humanities. 7pm / Quarterhouse / £9 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £7 Sponsored by the Friends of the Book Festival in memory of Nick Spurrier Box Office 01303 760750

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The Last Art film + Q&A with Jake Auerbach Jake Auerbach has made a film about art, about what starts artists off and what keeps them going. It is about instinct, temperaments and personalities, about perseverance. About how work occurs and how, from working life to working life, art is passed on. With Michael Landy, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Grayson Perry, Celia Paul, Jake Tilson, Michael Craig-Martin, Allen Jones, Tom Phillips, Paula Rego, Frank Auerbach, Joe Tilson and scores more from the last 2,000 years voiced by Jim Broadbent, Ian Holm, Lizzy McInnerny and Tim McInnerny. The screening of the film will be followed by a Q&A session with Jake Auerbach. 3pm / Quarterhouse / £8 / Friends & conc. £7 / Early bird £6

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Friday 24 November ART

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington In 2006 journalist Joanna Moorhead discovered she was related to the great artist Leonora Carrington, the last surviving participant in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s, and set off to Mexico City to find her. They spent days talking, drinking tea and tequila, going for walks and to parties as Leonora Carrington told Joanna the amazing truth about a life that had taken her from the suffocating existence of a debutante in London via war-torn France with her lover, Max Ernst, to incarceration in an asylum and finally to the life of a recluse in Mexico City. 5.30pm / Quarterhouse / £7 / Friends & conc. £6 / Early bird £5 WELL-BEING

In Therapy More and more people are in therapy to address past traumas, to break patterns of behaviour, to confront eating disorders or addiction, to talk about relationships, or simply because they want to find out more about what makes them tick. Susie Orbach, the bestselling author of Fat is a Feminist Issue and Bodies, has been a psychotherapist for over forty years. Insightful and honest about a process often necessarily shrouded in secrecy, she explores what goes on in the process of therapy. 7pm / Quarterhouse / £9 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £6 Box Office 01303 760750

Saturday 25 November WELL-BEING

KIDS

Beyond Mindfulness Workshop

Let’s go on a big adventure!

with Linda Blair

This workshop begins with a reminder of what Mindfulness practice is truly meant to be – a way of being, rather than yet another ‘doing’. Linda will then present the four additional steps that will allow you to make the best of every day: first consider the physical self, then, the inner self and ways to ‘streamline’ your life. Finally, we’ll take an in-depth look at how you relate to those who matter most to you. 10am to 12.30pm / Quarterhouse Meeting Room / £15 / Friends & conc. £13 / Early bird £12

Every big adventure is just a lot of little adventures added together. Let Robert Twigger teach you how to catch a giant snake or find Zombies, how to avoid a charging bear or wear a Bedouin headscarf during a sandstorm but above all, show what it is really like to experience a big adventure. A fun and exciting talk for the whole family. 11am / Quarterhouse / Recommended age: 7+ / Adults £6 / Children £5 / Family £20 (2 adults, 2 children)

WORKSHOP

Capture Your Story with artist Jim Lockey Explore the bizarre world of early digital photography with Jim Lockey and a Game Boy Camera. Get your hands on a piece of history to learn core principles of photography, shoot some crazy pictures and customise them. Capture your story in a miniature book of drawings and photos that you can take home. 11am to 3pm / Free Drop-in Family Workshop at Block 67, 67 Tontine Street

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Saturday 25 November

Saturday 25 November

WELL-BEING / GENDER

WELL-BEING

The Gender Games: The problem with men and women, from someone who has been both Two years ago, Juno Dawson went to tell her mother she was (and actually, always had been) a woman. She believes gender is messing with everyone: from little girls who think they can’t be doctors to teenagers who come to expect street harassment; from men who can’t cry to the women who think they shouldn’t. Juno tells not only her own story, but the story of everyone who is shaped by society’s expectations of gender – and what we can do about it. Juno (previously James) Dawson is the multi award-winning author of six novels for young adults. The Gender Games, a memoir, is her adult debut. 1.30pm / Quarterhouse / £8 / Friends & conc. £7 / Early bird £5 WELL-BEING

Sibling Relationships: Not Just a Matter for Parents to Sort Out With Their Children In her latest book, clinical psychologist Linda Blair shows you how to deal with sibling conflict – and then more importantly, how to create the strongest bonds possible between siblings – not just when we’re young, but perhaps more critically, when we grow up and grow old. Do join her to learn more about the longest relationships you’re likely ever to have. 3pm / Quarterhouse / £9 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £6

WORKSHOP: WRITING, REWRITING AND EDITING

Creative writing workshop with Andy Miller

Andy Miller is a reader, editor and author of books, most recently The Year of Reading Dangerously. He has worked in publishing and bookselling since 1990 and has collaborated with many well-known writers on their books. This year’s workshop will appeal to all budding authors – the importance of editing and how to get the best out of your work via the process of rewriting and editing. This will be an informative and practical (and fun!) session and a chance to get some expert advice on how to bring your writing up to a professional standard. 3pm to 5pm / Quarterhouse Meeting Room / £15 / Friends & conc. £13 / Early bird £12 Box Office 01303 760750

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Micromastery with Robert Twigger Robert Twigger will show you that whether it’s making a perfect soufflé, dancing a tango or lighting a fire, taking the time to cultivate small and quantifiable areas of expertise, will change everything. You will become faster and more fearless learners, spot more creative opportunities, improve your brain health and boost your happiness. He will show how to start small, specific, but start to be on the path to mastery. Robert Twigger is an author, adventure traveller and apprentice micromaster. 4.30pm / Quarterhouse / £9 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £6

WELL-BEING

The Art of Gentle Protest If we want our world to be more beautiful, kind and fair, then shouldn’t some of our activism be beautiful, kind and fair? Sarah Corbett explains how Craftivism – activism through craft – can be an effective tool in the activism toolkit. Gentleness, conversation and collaboration can make our world a better place, and the road there less angry, aggressive and divisive. Sarah Corbett grew up in an activist family and has worked as a professional campaigner for 6 years most recently with Oxfam. She started doing craftivism in 2008. She is now one of the leading spokespeople in the craftivism movement. 6pm / Quarterhouse / £9 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £6 HUMOUR / FOOD

Miles Jupp and Damien Trench in conversation with Andy Miller Andy Miller interviews food writer Damien Trench, author of the charming childhood memoir, Egg and Soldiers, and protagonist of the Radio 4’s critically acclaimed sitcom In and Out of the Kitchen. He also talks to comedian and actor, Miles Jupp about his career: from studying divinity and working as a trainee chaplain in the local psychiatric hospital to becoming a star of the British comedy circuit and News Quiz host. Find out what the food writer and the comedian have in common. 7.30pm / Quarterhouse / £10 / Friends & conc. £9 / Early bird £7

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Sunday 26 November

Sunday 26 November

KIDS

HISTORY

Come and hear about the witch Baba Yaga, a magic fish, or a firebird… Storyteller extraordinaire Rachel Rose Reid will enthral children and parents alike with her interactive tales from Russian folklore. Bridging between the worlds of traditional storytelling and spoken word, she has written and told stories for Billy Bragg, BBC Radio, Glastonbury Festival, and the London Symphony Orchestra. 10.30am / Recommended age 6+ / Quarterhouse Bar / Adults £6 / Children £5 / Family £20 (2 adults, 2 children)

Two great historians, Helen Rappaport, author of acclaimed books on the Romanovs, 1917, Lenin and Stalin, and Victor Sebestyen, author of Lenin the Dictator: An Intimate portrait, retrace the origins of the revolution and its developments, revealing fascinating accounts by people who lived through it and looking at lesser known aspects. Chaired by Andrei Ostalski from the BBC World Service. 2pm / Quarterhouse / £8 / Friends & conc. £7 / Early bird £6 / Day ticket available*

Baba Yaga and other stories

Russian Revolution

LITERATURE

Chekhov in Siberia In this powerful one-man performance, actor and scholar Michael Pennington brings to life Anton Chekhov’s 4,000 mile journey across Russia to conduct a survey of the penal colonies on Sakhalin Island in 1890. Speaking Chekhov’s words in the first person, Pennington conjures moving vignettes of encounters along the way. Although the journey and the subsequent three-month sojourn on the island were gruelling beyond belief, especially for a man who did not enjoy good health, there were lights in the darkness. 12 noon / Quarterhouse / £9 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £7 / Day ticket available*

STORYTELLING WORKSHOP

Unleash Your Inner Storyteller There's a vibrant inner world inside each of us. Learn how to find and use sensory language that captivates your audience. Discover how your words, voice and physicality can take people on a powerful journey through your tales. Learn how to nurture your connection with it, and how to conjure it for others. 2pm to 4pm / Quarterhouse Meeting Room / £15 / Friends & conc. £13 / Early bird £12 Box Office 01303 760750

HISTORY

Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War The collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991 did not usher the expected new era of peace and co-operation with the West. Russia emerged from the 1990s humiliated. Vladimir Putin offered a new start, determined to restore his country’s pride, but with his incursions into Georgia, Ukraine and Syria, a cold war threatens to turn hot once again. Peter Conradi addresses the failures of understanding on both sides over the past twenty-five years and outlines how we can get relations back on track before it’s too late. Peter Conradi is the author of The Red Ripper, Mad Vlad: Vladimir Zhirinovsky and the New Russian Nationalism and co-author with Mark Logue of The King’s Speech. 4pm / Quarterhouse / £8 / Friends & conc. £7 / Early bird £6 / Day ticket available* *Special price for the Russian Day / £38 / Friends & conc. £35 / Early bird £30

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Other events and competitions

FICTION

CCCU EVENT

FOLKESTONE WRITERS: FRINGE EVENT AND  SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Launch, talks and guided city walk led by Dr. Michael Bintley and Sonia Overall, CCCU Find out more about the texts and theories behind their interactive walking project, featuring Russell Hoban’s novel Riddley Walker and the Anglo-Saxon poem Andreas. The launch will include presentations from the academics involved, followed by a guided city walk with readings. Spaces on the walk are limited – please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Visit canterbury.ac.uk/walker to find out more. Friday 17 November, 1.00–3.30pm / Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury

DEADLINE: 31 October 2017 Entry Fee: £5 per story

The Man with a Thousand Faces

O what we ben! Discovering the post-apocalyptic landscapes of Short Story Competition First Prize: £100 Andreas and Riddley Walker Second prize: £50

Boris Akunin is one of the most successful contemporary Russian writers. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Arthur Conan Doyle. A rare chance to listen to the author of the Erast Fandorin books. 5.30pm / Quarterhouse / £8 / Friends & conc. £7 / Early bird £6 / Day ticket available*

LITERATURE / HUMOUR

The Anna Karenina Fix Award-winning comedian and author Viv Groskop has discovered the meaning of life in Russian literature. As she knows from personal experience, everything that has ever happened in life has already happened in these novels: from not being sure what to do with your life (Anna Karenina) or being socially anxious about your appearance (all of Chekhov’s work). She will tell us how her own life reflects the lessons of literature, only in a much less poetic way than Tolstoy probably intended, and with an emphasis on being excessively paranoid about having an emerging moustache on your upper lip, just like Natasha in War and Peace. Viv Groskop is an award-winning comedian and the author of I Laughed, I Cried. 7pm / Quarterhouse / £9 / Friends & conc. £8 / Early bird £7 / Day ticket available*

Winning and shortlisted stories (1500 – 2000 words) to be published in Folkestone 2018 Anthology. Reading of winning short stories from 2017 Competition 22 November, 3pm / Sunflower House, 45 Foord Road, Folkestone / Free Entrance For full details see www.folkestonewriterspress.com

Guided city walk led by Dr. Michael Bintley and Sonia Overall, CCCU Uncover the lost landscapes of Canterbury on this interactive walk. We will map the city’s landmarks across time and text, using Russell Hoban’s novel Riddley Walker and the AngloSaxon poem Andreas as our guides. What connects a dystopian, post-nuclear Kent with a ruined Roman city peopled by devil-worshipping cannibals? Find out if you dare. Spaces limited – please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Visit canterbury.ac.uk/walker to find out more. Dr. Michael Bintley, co-editor and translator of Andreas, and Sonia Overall, writer and psychogeographer, are based in the School of Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University. Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November, 1.00–2.30pm / Meet at entrance to Westgate Park, by the Westgate Towers, Canterbury Events supported by Being Human 2017 Festival of the Humanities

*Special price for the Russian Day / £38 / Friends & conc. £35 / Early bird £30 Box Office 01303 760750

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Friends of the Folkestone Book Festival 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 Grimston Gardens for free to all primary schools

Refunds We regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or money refunded, except in the case of a cancelled event.

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Weekend Day Ticket We are also offering a Weekend Day Ticket for £38 for the Saturdays and Sundays (18, 19, 25 & 26 Nov) for those of you who want to attend all of the events on each of these 4 busy days of the festival. To purchase your Weekend Day Ticket please contact Quarterhouse box office on 01303 760750. This offer is not available during the Early Bird period. You must still book your seat for the events you plan to attend.

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.

Early Bird Purchase your Folkestone Book Festival tickets before and inclusive of Sunday 10 September 2017 and benefit from reduced prices. Concession/Friends and group bookings discounts (see below) will not apply for this period.

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

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

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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 £120. You can purchase your Festival Pass for only £100 during the early Bird period (see above). To purchase your Folkestone Book Cheri ton R oad Festival Pass please contact Quarterhouse box office on 01303 760750. You must still book your seat for the events you plan to attend.

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and display machine located in the Quarterhouse car park. Prices are £1 per hour, up to £5 for the day. Parking is free after 6pm. For more information please call Quarterhouse Box Office. Other parking includes, Tram Road (2mins), Payers Park (2mins) and the Harbour car park (5mins). All council car parks charge daily fees starting from £1 per hour.

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. co.uk

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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 Folkestone 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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Join the Friends Sponsor the Festival and enjoy the benefits The Friends are a sociable group of people who offer support and sponsorship to 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 — Festival quiz night — Opportunities to meet new people and make new friends To join the Friends please email info@bookfestfriends.com

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