Monday November 5

Jeremy Musson: The English Manor House: From the Archives of “Country Life”
Hythe Imperial Hotel


Literary Lunch - Advance booking only. Price includes 2 course lunch and talk

Popular historian of the country house – presenter of BBC 2’s The Curious House Guest series and author of How to Read a Country House - and Architecture Editor of Country Life from 1997 - 2007, Jeremy Musson will speak about his travels around Britain’s great country houses, his experiences working with their owners - from dashing Duke to hardpressed hoteliers - and about his new ambitious project to write a definitive history of the country house servant.

This event is sponsored by Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects.

Eamonn Rooney: Literary Leas
Albion Villas

Walk (1 hour) - Advance booking recommended
Meet at Albion Villas, opposite the War Memorial

Join your guide for a stroll along the Leas and hear about its literary connections and the origin of the name The Leas. Recall the adventures of Kipps and hear about the Passenger to Folkestone as well as local history including the Bandstand; the Leas Cliff Hall; the Leas Club - former house of the Arthur Brough players and the War Memorials.

Keith Carabine: Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Leas Club

Festival Read

Dr Keith Carabine, who wrote the preface to this year’s Festival Read, and former lecturer at the University of Kent in Canterbury leads an open discussion on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Chris Gage: The Books of Dream and Loss
Leas Club

Talk - Free Event

Chris Gage will talk about the process of creating his site - specific performance The Books of Dream and Loss for the Folkestone Leas Lifts.

David Bratton: King Lear: A Lesson for Today
Leas Club

Folkestone based author David Bratton discusses his latest work in progress, a reinterpretation of King Lear in the light of the recent terrorist attacks on Britain, America and Spain.

Festival Quiz Night:
Leas Club

Free Event: 7-10pm

Join us for a veritable pot pourri of topics from Shakespeare to Spike Milligan, Hemingway to Cartland - for those who know everything about literature and those who don’t!

The entry fee is £30 per table for teams of no more than 6 people, or if you are on your own and would like to join with others to form a team - £5 per person. To reserve a table please call Sally Chesters on 01303 266 118 or email

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Festival.

Event Details:
Friday 2
Saturday 3
Sunday 4
Monday 5
Tuesday 6
Wednesday 7
Thursday 8
Friday 9
Saturday 10
Other Events
Family Events
Tours & Visits
Umbrella Events
Download the brochure
Join Friends

Folkestone Literary Festival:
01303 842192

Gold Sponsors:

Jenner Logo

Canterbury Christ Church Logo

The Shepway District Logo

Folkestone Town Council Logo

Silver Sponsors:
Friends of the Literary Festival Logo

Hallett & Co Solicitors Logo

Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects Logo

The Folkstone Estate Logo

Leas Club Logo

Bronze Sponsors:
Enterprise gateway Logo

university Centre Folkestone website

Smith-Woolley & Perry Logo

Godden & Allen Logo

Screen South Logo

Waterstones Logo

Media Partners:
Herald Logo

BBC Radio Kent Logo

Kent on Sunday Logo

Kent Messenger Logo

Funders and Partners :
The Arts Council Logo

The Metropole Galleries Logo

Creative Foundation Logo

Drinks Sponsor: