Festival Passes
The Festival Pass, just £95.00 (£85 for Friends of the Festival Members) admits you to all events (excluding Open University & Screen South events) for the whole festival week. To find out more about this and other passes, please click on the "how to book" link below...



FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10 - SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19
INFORMATION HOW TO BOOK VENUES FRIENDS PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
Saturday November 18

10am
The Elements of Murder: A History of Poison: John Emsley
The Grand Price: £4 Concession: £3

What killed Charles II? Who thought he had discovered the perfect poison? Why did hatters go mad? And what made Victorian wallpaper dangerous? John Emsley combines history, chemistry, and true crime in this compelling account of murderous chemical elements.

10am
South-East Authors’ Book Fair:
Metropole Galleries Music Room Price: £0

Public New Writing Event
Free. 10am-5pm

A selection of the region’s authors will be displaying and selling their varied books, as well as giving short talks about their writing at 11am and 3pm. Come and experience the product of their imagination and hard work, and learn more about the challenging, surprising and exciting process of writing your own book.

11am
Open University Writing Workshop 1:
The Grand Price: £5 Concession: £4

Public New Writing Event

Have you always wanted to write creatively but never been sure how to go about it? Led by a tutor from The Open University, this workshop will help you discover new skills, methods and approaches to express yourself and expand your writing horizons. Suitable for beginners who want to start writing fiction; budding playwrights and poets may also find this workshop helpful. Ranked in the top five for teaching quality and voted Number 1 for student satisfaction, The Open University is well positioned to support learning in the local community. Free Creative Writing pack and information on courses included. For more information visit: www.open.ac.uk

11am
Screen South - Successful Shorts: Screening The Other Man by Dictynna Hood
Silver Screen Cinema, Guildhall Street, Folkestone Price: £5 Concession: £2.5

Public New Writing Event

Writing a good short film is a challenging task, writing award winning shorts can really kick-start the careers of all involved in particular the Writer, Director and main cast. A good short film is real gold dust for new talent. So how do successful writers approach the task and how do they get their films made?

Short film screenings and discussion with the writers, including the Kent premiere of The Other Man by Dictynna Hood, winner of the UK Film Council/Kodak British Short Film Award 2006 at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. The film was shot in Romney Marsh and many local people were involved with making the film. This will also be a chance to hear about the BAFTA Orange Short Film Challenge. Can you make an award winning 60 second short film on the theme of Celebration? If so you could be walking up the red carpet at next year’s British Academy Film Awards.

11:30am
Health Warnings: Germs, Medicine and other Threats to our Wellbeing: John Playfair
The Grand Price: £4 Concession: £3

In Bad Medicine, David Wootton argues that for more than 2300 years doctors have relied on their patients’’ misplaced faith in their ability to cure. Over and over again major discoveries which could save lives have been met with professional resistance. This a bold and challenging general history of medicine that acknowledges the frequency with which doctors do harm.

Living With Germs by John Playfair is a timely and topical study of the microbes that cause disease, and the facts behind the ‘germ’ scare stories of recent years.

1pm
Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control: Kathleen Taylor
The Grand Price: £4 Concession: £3

Since the word ‘brainwashing’ was coined in the aftermath of the Korean War, it has become part of popular culture. It has been the subject of extensive learned discussion but, until now, a crucial part of the popular debate has been missing: that of any serious reference to the science of the human brain. Kathleen Turner explores the history and science of thought control and shows how it still exists all around us, from marketing and television, to politics and education.

2:30pm
Open University Writing Workshop 2:
The Grand Price: £5 Concession: £2.5

Public New Writing Event

Have you always wanted to write creatively but never been sure how to go about it? Led by a tutor from The Open University, this workshop will help you discover new skills, methods and approaches to express yourself and expand your writing horizons. Suitable for beginners who want to start writing fiction; budding playwrights and poets may also find this workshop helpful. Ranked in the top five for teaching quality and voted Number 1 for student satisfaction, The Open University is well positioned to support learning in the local community. Free Creative Writing pack and information on courses included. For more information visit: www.open.ac.uk

2:30pm
Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life: Nick Lane
The Grand Price: £4 Concession: £3

A rigorous and brilliant analysis of the central role that the ten million billion mitochondria in our bodies play in the nature and evolution of life as we know it. This is of fundamental importance in understanding how we and all complex life came to be, and in order to control our illnesses and delay degeneration.

4pm
Seen | Unseen: Art, science, and intuition from Leonardo to the Hubble telescope: Martin Kemp
The Grand Price: £4 Concession: £3

A deep, richly illustrated, and erudite analysis of the interconnections between science and the visual arts. Martin Kemp, Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford explores the responses of artists, scientists, and their instruments, to the world - from Leonardo, Durer, and the inventors of photography to contemporary sculptors, and from Galileo and Darwin to Stephen J. Gould, Kemp sees common 'structural intuitions' reflected in their work.

4:30pm
SCI-FI Launch: Adam Roberts with Ivan and Heather Morison
Metropole Galleries Price: £0

Free event

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5:30pm
Debating Nuclear Energy: Solution or Setback?: Martin Empson and Malcolm Grimston
The Grand Price: £4 Concession: £3

The looming crises of energy security and climate change pose inextricably linked challenges for the future of humankind and the planet. The expansion of nuclear energy is proposed as a renewable, non carbon-emitting energy solution, to the point that many environmentalists now support the nuclear option. Many though remain vociferously opposed to nuclear energy and the claims that it provides an environmentally friendly solution to these major global problems. Martin Empson, campaigning journalist and member of the Socialist Workers’ Party, and Malcolm Grimston, Member of the Atomic Energy Authority and Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, debate the science and politics of this increasingly pertinent and controversial issue.

7:30pm
Closing Party: The Incredibly Strange Film Band
Leas Club Price: £10 Concession: £8

Welcome, to the world of the Incredibly Strange Film Band.

The number one live act performing cult TV & Film Themes in cat-daddy 70s costume with the emphasis on sports casual.

They play a varied and intelligent set with music written by some of the world's greatest composers, such as Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, John Barry, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones. The I.S.F.B. always leave their audience demanding more of their fantabulously superb, silver screen soundtrack magic.

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