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I’m writing this introduction at a time of heightened uncertainty for the country with reverberations across the world that may not be resolved by the end of the year, so what can a book festival offer in such circumstances?

Folkestone Book Festival is a place to feel part of a community, to gather and listen to stories, to question and to laugh, to reflect on the big picture and take the long view. It will also be a place to nurture one’s individual creativity and to reflect on what makes us human.

Once again, the programme is as eclectic as possible so that everybody can find something they like. Whether you want to bring the kids or come with a friend, listen to talks about Monet or money, food or poison, gay culture or Tudor Queens, fighting depression or terrorism, you should find something you want to attend.

There will be lots of occasions to take part through walks and workshops. As to your Christmas shopping, the Canterbury Christ Church bookshop will sort you out.

So do explore the programme (and don’t miss the fringe either) and I look forward to seeing you on Friday 18 November to switch on the Christmas lights with the wonderful Jonathan Coe.

Geraldine D’Amico
Festival curator

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