Folkestone Book Festival 2021: The Shape of Things to Come


April 3, 2021 by Tim Prater

Creative Folkestone have announced the return of the Folkestone Book Festival: The Shape of Things to Come. Between Friday 4 June – Sunday 13 June the Book Festival will present ideas, debate and conversation through a range of digital and in-person talks and events.

The festival continues to take its inspiration from the ideas and thoughts of H.G. Wells, born in Kent and a Sandgate resident for thirteen years. Writers, artists and thinkers will explore the possible futures of all sorts of issues, including race relations, the environment, technology, food, pandemics and Britain, Russia, Europe and the US.

The first list of speakers and events have been announced including David Lammy, Laura Spinney, Isabella Tree and more. Plus, an extra special immersive event that invites you to retrace Samuel Beckett’s footsteps through Folkestone in 1961. The full programme will be announced and tickets for live and online events will be on sale on 15 April.

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To find out more about Beckett in Folkestone see

"The Shape of Things to Come" book festival banner


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Entries for our 2022 Competition are now closed.

Deadline for entries was Monday 11th July (midnight BST). Shortlist announcement Wednesday 21st September. Winners to be announced Sunday 20th November.

For further information, please read the rules and FAQs below. If you cannot find the answer to your query there, you can email

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