Louis de Bernières - The Dust that Falls from Dreams

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Louis de Bernières - The Dust that Falls from Dreams

Fri 20 Nov

The author of the unforgettable Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Birds Without Wings opens the

Crime Writing Masterclass in association with Killer Women

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Crime Writing Masterclass in association with Killer Women

Sat 21 Nov

For all aspiring crime writers - male and female - this is the perfect introduction to creating

Quarters Session 1

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Quarters Session 1

Sat 21 Nov

Four local authors are given 15 minutes each to present their work: they may read, explain their

Mindfulness

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Mindfulness

Sat 21 Nov

Linda Blair is a clinical psychologist, a Chartered Scientist, and an Associate Fellow of the

Crime Without Borders

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Crime Without Borders

Sat 21 Nov

What made The Bridge and its Folkestone-set remake The Tunnel such a phenomenal success? Acclaimed

Wendy Cope

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Wendy Cope

Sat 21 Nov

A poetry reading from the quiet phenomenon who has proved quality can be popular! A slightly

Nathan Filer & Matt Haig

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Nathan Filer & Matt Haig

Sat 21 Nov

Nathan Filer and Matt Haig discuss mental illness, resilience and making the most of our time on

Lynne Truss

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Lynne Truss

Sat 21 Nov

Do join the author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves for an evening of wit, humour and sheer pleasure. Lynn

Writing Clinics

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Writing Clinics

Sun 22 Nov

20 minutes one-on-ones offered by tutors from Canterbury Christ Church University. Work should be emailed in advance, and be no more than 1000 words or three poems. Sign up essential.

Quarters Session 2

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Quarters Session 2

Sun 22 Nov

Kevan Jones, a retired police officer, will explain why he started writing and will be reading the

Simon Bradley on the Railways

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Simon Bradley on the Railways

Sun 22 Nov

Thousands of route-miles fences off from the rest of the country, Simon Bradley explores the

Beautiful Britain with Tom Fort and the Reverend Peter Owen Jones

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Beautiful Britain with Tom Fort and the Reverend Peter Owen Jones

Sun 22 Nov

Tom Fort, the author of Channel Shore, recounts his journey on a bicycle along the English Channel

King Charles III?

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King Charles III?

Sun 22 Nov

Catherine Mayer’s biography of Prince Charles generated worldwide headlines with its claims of

What Nature Does for Britain

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What Nature Does for Britain

Sun 22 Nov

From the woodlands that help to secure our water supply, to the bees and soils that produce most of

Friends of the Book Festival Quiz

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Friends of the Book Festival Quiz

Sun 22 Nov

Come and enjoy our Annual Quiz – a little literary knowledge and lots of general knowledge are all you need. Teams can be no more than 6 people but don’t worry if you are on your own, you can join with others.

The Second Half of Your Life

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The Second Half of Your Life

Mon 23 Nov

After a career in journalism, finance and in the arts, Jill Shaw Ruddock wrote the inspirational The

Advanced Style

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Advanced Style

Mon 23 Nov

This at time hilarious, at times moving documentary examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers

Sunspots

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Sunspots

Mon 23 Nov

Is the Sun a god, a man, a woman, or simply a giant ball of hydrogen?

Sport Unwrapped

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Sport Unwrapped

Mon 23 Nov

Brian Scovell, Daily Mail’s former cricket and football writer, takes the lid off the many shady

HRH Princess Michael of Kent on Quicksilver

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HRH Princess Michael of Kent on Quicksilver

Tue 24 Nov

Princess Michael talks about the final volume of her Anjou Trilogy, the fascinating story of fifteenth century merchant Jacques Coeur, his patroness Yolande, Queen of the Four Kingdoms and the captivating Agnes Sorel.

Gun Baby Gun

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Gun Baby Gun

Tue 24 Nov

The gun's impact is long-reaching and often hidden. And it doesn't just involve the dead, the wounded, the suicidal and the mourning. It involves us all.

Jonathan Dimbleby: The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War

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Jonathan Dimbleby: The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War

Tue 24 Nov

From senior members of the competing High Commands in London, Washington, Berlin and Moscow down to

The Italian Renaissance

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The Italian Renaissance

Wed 25 Nov

Leading Renaissance scholar Virginia Cox unveils a new vision of an iconic moment in European culture in her Short History of the Italian Renaissance, the first book on the period to give ‘Renaissance woman’ her true place alongside ‘Renaissance man’.

An Italian Journey with Alessandro Gallenzi, Franca Simpson, Claudio Roden and Lennox Morrison

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An Italian Journey with Alessandro Gallenzi, Franca Simpson, Claudio Roden and Lennox Morrison

Wed 25 Nov

Why do we all love Italy? Which Italian writers should you read? Discover the incredible diversity

Trollope Bicentenary Celebrations: The Way We Live Now

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Trollope Bicentenary Celebrations: The Way We Live Now

Thu 26 Nov

Marathon screening of the BBC adaptation of The Way we Live Now, the book festival read, followed by a discussion with Peter Merchant.

Trollope Bicentenary Celebrations: Trollope Revisited

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Trollope Bicentenary Celebrations: Trollope Revisited

Thu 26 Nov

Peter Merchant, principal lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, tells us why Trollope still matters and why his acute and ironic depictions of his time still make him one of the greatest nineteen century novelists.

Melvyn Bragg: Now is the Time

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Melvyn Bragg: Now is the Time

Thu 26 Nov

The great polymath, broadcaster, author of thirty books, soul-baring novels as well as erudite non-fiction, Lord Bragg tells us about his thrilling fictional recreation of the biggest rebellion in English history, the so-called Peasants’ Revolt in 1381.

Julian Bell on Representing Genesis

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Julian Bell on Representing Genesis

Fri 27 Nov

In this illustrated talk, artist Julian Bell speaks about Genesis, his bold new series of paintings.

The Man Behind the Legend: Marc Morris on King John

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The Man Behind the Legend: Marc Morris on King John

Fri 27 Nov

King John is familiar to everyone as the villain from the tales of Robin Hood - greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel.

Deborah Moggach: Something to Hide

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Deborah Moggach: Something to Hide

Fri 27 Nov

Deborah Moggach, the author of Tulip Fever and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, comes back to the festival to talk about her 'unputdownable' latest novel.

Terry Wogan

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Terry Wogan

Fri 27 Nov

National treasure Terry Wogan tells us about his first foray into fiction with this wonderful collection of stories of love, loss and friendship.

The Digital Guerrilla: Online Storytelling in Unexpected Places

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The Digital Guerrilla: Online Storytelling in Unexpected Places

Sat 28 Nov

Katherine May, Lecturer in Creative & Professional Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University, will induct you into the guerrilla force.

Quarters Session 3

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Quarters Session 3

Sat 28 Nov

Andrew Buller on his children's book series, Donald Hounam on his teenage wizaed, Denis Pepper on saints and historical fiction and Helen Howard, first Snail Sommelier.

Wimpy Kid

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Wimpy Kid

Sat 28 Nov

A must for all Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans and great family entertainment. Host Alastair Watson brings

Mark Ellen in Conversation with Mark Billingham

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Mark Ellen in Conversation with Mark Billingham

Sat 28 Nov

Mark Ellen interviews the amazingly versatile Mark Billingham, TV writer, stand-up comedian and crime novelist whose books have been commercially and critically acclaimed, the series featuring London-based detective Tom Thorne as well as stand-alone novels.

Down the Rabbit Hole

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Sat 28 Nov

Novelist Vanessa Tait, the great-granddaughter of the original Alice, and Stefania Ciocia, reader in Modern Literature at Canterbury Christ Church, discuss the enduring appeal of this great classic.

Dino Show

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Dino Show

Sat 28 Nov

Created from the bestselling The Dinosaur That Pooped picture book series, host Alastair Watson

The Luck Factor

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The Luck Factor

Sat 28 Nov

Why do some people lead happy successful lives whilst others face repeated failure and sadness?

Rock Stars Stole My Life: Andy Miller in conversation with Mark Ellen

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Rock Stars Stole My Life: Andy Miller in conversation with Mark Ellen

Sat 28 Nov

Mark Ellen looks back on his 50-year love affair with rock and roll with his customary humour.

Robin Ince's Reality Tunnel

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Robin Ince's Reality Tunnel

Sat 28 Nov

Robin is host of Radio 4's Sony award winning Infinite Monkey Cage, multiple award winner, including

Quarters Session 4

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Quarters Session 4

Sun 29 Nov

Winners of the HG Wells Short Story Competition, Andrei Ostalski on being Russian in the UK, Katrina Sisowath on her mythological fiction, British-Maltese James Vella on his stories and Trevor Warman on his gritty first novel.

The Narrative Journey: What is the future of the story?

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The Narrative Journey: What is the future of the story?

Sun 29 Nov

In this panel discussion, we will examine the future life of narrative, through the eyes of people who work with it every day.

Do No Harm

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Do No Harm

Sun 29 Nov

Henry Marsh, author of the widely acclaimed memoir: Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery, tells us what it is like to be a brain surgeon.

An Exceptional Nation?

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An Exceptional Nation?

Sun 29 Nov

estselling historian and political commentator Jonathan Fenby looks at some of the events of the past two hundred years -from the Revolution to the present day- that have shaped France.

Seaside Fiction

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Seaside Fiction

Sun 29 Nov

For 20 years, Julie Wassmer has worked on the script of Eastenders as well as writing other series such as London’s Burning and Family Affairs. Michael Arditti’s Widows and Orphans is set somewhere on the South Coast in a town hit by the recession trying to reinvent itself.

Biographer to the Stars

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Biographer to the Stars

Sun 29 Nov

Few people have as much intimate knowledge of celebrities as Sean Smith, the UK’s leading celebrity biographer and the author of five Sunday Times best sellers including Cheryl, the definitive biography of Cheryl Cole.

Zoe Williams in conversation with Jessica Hynes: Why We Deserve Better Politics

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Zoe Williams in conversation with Jessica Hynes: Why We Deserve Better Politics

Sun 29 Nov

We all want the future to be fairer and happier; and Zoe Williams believes that we need to make that happen collectively. She tells Jessica Hynes how we can all play our part in creating a more equal society.

Tracey Thorn

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Tracey Thorn

Sun 29 Nov

Singer, songwriter, half of the duo Everything but the Girl, Tracey Thorn talks to Andy Miller about the touring, the hits, the highs and the lows involved in the emotional and often terrifying craft of singing.