This is the darkest time of year, nights are long and days short. Here is a festival to bring you light and warmth, words and fun, ideas and stories. We hope to throw some light on our history from merchant adventurers to suffragettes, castle builders to nuclear physicists, to help understand and offer a forum to discuss the ailing NHS, war on terror and what future for today young people. Bring the kids for great storytelling or to enjoy a magic lantern show. Meet the mountaineer who climbed Everest, the doctor who pushes the boundaries, the flautist who travels the world and the artist who conceived Folkestone’s mermaid. Enjoy a Shakespeare play, discuss a great novel, try a writing workshop, test your literary knowledge and much more.