A 10-day book festival returns with a packed program of talks, panel discussions, live music and more

The Creative Folkestone Book Festival, named this year’s Shape of Things to Come, kicks off on Friday 18th November and will present visitors with the best authors and bestselling books until Sunday 27th November.

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Miriam Margolyes will speak about her memoir at this year’s Folkestone Book Festival. Photo: Folkestone Creative Book Festival

Guest speakers at this year’s festival include Harry Potter and Call the Midwife actress Miriam Margolyes, who published her first memoir last year and will livestream her speech from her home, and Booker-selected novelist Deborah Levy .

Transgender author and activist Juno Dawson, Sunday Times best-selling author Monica Ali, Irish novelist Colm Tóibín, food writer Claudia Roden and celebrity chef Jeremy Lee, as well as BBC Radio 4’s Claudia Hammond, will also be present at the festival.

The festival launch party will also coincide with the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights, which will illuminate Folkestone’s creative quarter.

There will be talks and discussions on a range of topics, such as art, politics, psychology, food, science and history.

Visitors can also take part in workshops and enjoy live music from the Oxford Chamber Music Festival Quartet.

The festival will also celebrate Prospect Cottage, the former home of artist, writer and filmmaker Derek Jarman in Romney Marsh.

Deborah Levy and Juno Dawson will both spend time at the residency and share their written musings and country house thoughts in talks at the festival.

The festival will have ties to Prospect Cottage, the former home of Derek Jarman.  Photo: Chris Cork
The festival will have ties to Prospect Cottage, the former home of Derek Jarman. Photo: Chris Cork

Liam Browne, co-curator of Shape of Things to Come, said: “We are delighted that the Creative Folkestone Book Festival is back with a full program and we are particularly excited about the new connection between the festival and Prospect Cottage, forged by the Creative Folkestone’s Book Festival. guardian role of both.

“Inspired by HG Wells’ association with Folkestone, this is a festival that looks in much of the program towards the future. Given the severe crises we face, climate change, a post-Brexit world, Russia’s assault on Ukraine, political instability in so many countries, etc., the space and the opportunity for speakers and audiences to discuss what might happen to us seems more important than ever.”

You can find a full festival program and book tickets online here.

Some events are free, but ticketing varies by event and all spaces must be reserved in advance.

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