Folkestone Book Festival Programme 2019: The Shape of Things to Come


October 2, 2019 by Tim Prater

The Folkestone Book Festival: The Shape of Things to Come brochure has landed!

Inspired by the ideas of Sandgate resident, H G Wells, this year’s Festival presents one-off events stretching into the wild Romney Marsh, Victorian Tin Tabernacle, 12th century church and seaside fish and chip shop!

This year’s line-up includes Booker Prize-winning author, Ben Okri who explores the role of fiction in these difficult times; actress Imogen Stubbs reads excepts of Jean Rhys’ Wild Sargasso Sea; and The Guardian features writer, Nesrine Malik investigates the stories used to maintain the status quo.

Don’t miss Paul Schrader, streaming in live from Hollywood; and catch actor and Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar discussing the future legacy of Seamus Heaney here at Quarterhouse.

The God Delusion author, Richard Dawkins, explores the meaning of life and whether or not we should, or need, to believe in God; and actress Greta Scacchi reads Odes by John Keats in a local church.

Take a look inside the brochure and explore themes including Globalisation, Nationalism & Migration and Climate Change & the Environment. Step in The Time Machine and travel back in time to celebrate the Strange Concords of authors and composers past. In a series welcoming international voices without the carbon footprint, via a live link-up, Words from a Wider World extends the possibilities for artists participating in the Festival. Inspired by Wells’ rare ability to capture his thoughts using words, Wells Said acts as a springboard for discussion throughout the Festival.

Click here to flick through the digital brochure, or explore the programme and buy tickets here.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and to find out more about this year’s supporters: Principal Partner, NewsNow; Education Partner, Canterbury Christ Church University; as well as Eurotunnel, Otterpool Park, Folkestone Harbour & Seafront Development Company, Southeastern, and the Friends of the Folkestone Book Festival.

For more info and booking call Box Office on 01303 760750 or click here.


Theme: MASK

Entries for our 2021 Competition close on Monday 12th July 2021.

Shortlist announcement Tuesday 21st September, Winner to be announced Sunday 21st November.

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