FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2 - SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10
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Welcome to the Folkestone Literary Festival 2007
2007 Short Story and Poetry Competition Results now available - see link below:
We have carefully put together nine days of eclectic and exciting world-class authors and performers to entertain you. These sessions will thrill, entice and provoke debate.
Starting with the super-sized History Weekend (2nd-4th November) organised in association with Canterbury Christ Church University, join us for talks on a whole host of topics including Monarchy with David Starkey, Great Tales from English History with Robert Lacey and London in the 19th Century with Jerry White.
New this year we have two days focusing on the environment (9th & 10th November). Examine the state of the globe through specially curated exhibitions (Burning Ice by Max Eastley and David Buckland of Cape Farewell at The Metropole Galleries) and talks by Eugenie Harvey co-author of Change the World for a Fiver and Kate Evans creator of Funny Weather. Enjoy a variety of award winning films including Al Gore�s An Inconvenient Truth and DV8 Physical Theatre�s The Cost of Living.
We are pleased to welcome David Frost speaking about the momentous drama behind the book Frost/Nixon, Roy Hattersley on life between the wars in Borrowed Time plus Nicholas Parsons� own inimitable performance, How pleasant to Know Mr Lear. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Families, children and young people can all get involved in a variety of activities throughout the Festival. See Michael Morpurgo, former Children�s Laureate at the Leas Cliff Hall (Tueday 6th November), drop in to the Family Day at Waterstone�s (Saturday 3rd November) or hear digital animator Rick Leary on making the film Stardust (Friday 9th November).
In addition to our public talks, we have also organised school sessions with writers and poets including Steve Tasane and theatre creators KAOS, paired Keepers and Seekers author Colin Foreman with the Caf� IT group and organised reading sessions for many Early Years classes.
Folkestone is rapidly developing with a host of major projects initiated by the Creative Foundation, developing opportunities for the local artistic community and bringing key creative figures to the region. After the Literary Festival, we will see the Folkestone Triennial (23 site-specific art commissions for the town) followed by the opening of the Folkestone Performing Arts and Business Centre on Tontine Street. The artistic hub - The Creative Quarter is also expanding. Take some time to visit the galleries, shops and eateries along The Old High Street and beyond.
Thanks go the staff of The Metropole Galleries, the Creative Foundation and to the Friends of the Literary Festival for their support in developing the largest and most diverse festival to date.
Come and join us for nine amazing days of literary delights and a whole host of fun.
Ellie Beedham, Festival Director, Folkestone Literary Festival
The Festival Team
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