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Michael Buerk - History and Headlines
Wednesday 15th November at 8.15pm
Opening History Weekend
These days the past is a regular visitor in the present. Film, television and a whole host of publications bear witness to a public appetite for history, perhaps especially that of the ancient world. Rome, in particular, seems to occupy a special place in the imagination of the 21st Century. It may be the gaudiness or the violence of ancient Rome that appeals to us, or the Roman pursuit of law and governance, but I suspect that it is the spectacle of the decline of Empire and the vulnerability of power that has a resonance for us today.
History has a way of throwing things into perspective and also of asking questions that touch on the heart of the matter. Such questions aren't always of the 'what happened?' sort but also address the issue of how histories are written and why some voices are heard and others are not.
Nowadays we are used to observing history as it happens presented as news. Issues of making headlines, and of making history, from ancient empire to modern global politics, and through the historic events of 1956 fifty years ago - all this and more will be aired over the Folkestone Literary Festival inaugural History Weekend, and we look forward to seeing you at what will be an exciting series of events.
Dr Lesley Hardy
Canterbury Christ Church University
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The Children's Gala, open only to Schools, will be taking place at the Leas Cliff Hall on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th of November. Please call the Box Office on 01303 258594 to book.
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The Festival Team
The Folkestone Literary Festival is administered by the Metropole Arts Centre Trust.
Folkestone Literary Festival Office:
Kent CT20 1JG
Media Design Solutions 01304 371137
Robinson Creative Art Studios
r/o 56 Guildhall St
Media and Press:
Fiona McMorrough Associates
Direct Works Limited
Unit 1, Shorncliffe Ind. Est CT203UH
Astra Sound Services
Stelling Minnis 01227 704217
Wild For Flowers
45 The Old High Street, Folkestone
The Railway Station Farm Shop
Canterbury Road, Wingham, Kent. CT3 1NH
We also warmly thank
All our sponsors; Max Arthur; John Barber, Town Centre Management; Jill Bellamy; Tim and Celia Binding; Lore Weschke Boyd; everyone at Creative Foundation; Cross Keys coaches; Dennis Cullum; Hayley Lowes and all the staff at Discover Folkestone; Folkestone Taxis; The Friends of the Festival, Michael Stainer, Jeff Silk and all the staff at the Grand; Clare Purcell and all at the Guardian Hay Festival; Lesley Hardy and everyone at the Folkestone People’s History Centre and Christ Church University; Charlie Insley; Chris Knowles; Peter Lapham; Stephen Levine and all the staff at the Leas Cliff Hall; Paul Warburton and all at the Leas Club; Jan Rudolph, Shirley Sheridan and all at Folkestone Library; everyone at the Metropole Galleries; David Motta; Liz Power and all at the National Autistic Society; Nebulo Strata Design; Ralph Norman; Nii Ayikwei Parkes; Mefo Phillips; David and Diane Prebble; all the publishers; Jessica & Simon Robinson and the team at Robinson Creative Art Studios; Jo Nolan and all at Screen South; Sandy Wallace and all at Silver Screen Cinema; the staff at Sweet Rendezvous; The Railway Station Farm Shop; Keith Tufano at Granada; Vitali Vitaliev; a huge thank you to all festival volunteers, especially Susan Harris, Sally Tivey and Pilar Reyes (gracias); Chris Wallis; Clive Wearne and all the staff at Waterstones.
Arrow; Bantam Press; Black Swan; Blackwell; Bookmarks; Cassell Reference; Continuum International Publishing Group; Earthscan Publications; Ebury Press; Faber and Faber; Granta; Guardian Books; HarperPress; Hodder; Hodder Headline; I B Tauris & Co; Little, Brown; Orion; Oxford University Press; Penguin; Random House; Routledge; Simon & Schuster; Socialist Worker; Routledge; Simon & Schuster; Socialist Worker; Yellow Jersey
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The Hermitage Restaurant
15 Cheriton Place, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2AY
The Chambers Bar
Cheriton Place, Folkestone Kent CT202BB
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