Michael Rosen's Good Ideas

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Michael Rosen's Good Ideas

Fri 14 Nov

Learning can be much more fun – and former children’s laureate, million-selling author, broadcaster, father of five and all-round National Treasure, Michael Rosen wants to show you how.

Peter Forbes: Dazzled And Deceived

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Peter Forbes: Dazzled And Deceived

Sat 15 Nov

Peter Forbes talks about his award winning book, the unique and fascinating story of mimicry and camouflage in science, art, warfare and the natural world.

Clive Aslet: War Memorial

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Clive Aslet: War Memorial

Sat 15 Nov

The former editor of Country Life, Clive Aslet, unravels the story of one war memorial, in the Dartmoor village of Lydford.

Simon Gough And Jane Bow: Island Stories

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Simon Gough And Jane Bow: Island Stories

Sat 15 Nov

Fact and fantasy collide in The White Goddess, Simon Gough’s account of his relationship with his great uncle Robert Graves in Deia where he fell under the spell of the poet’s muse in a very unusual love triangle.

Jonathon Green In Conversation With Andy Miller

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Jonathon Green In Conversation With Andy Miller

Sun 16 Nov

Nicholas Shakespeare called him “the Dr Johnson of slang, its Putin, its Mr Toad, its Dickens.” Jonathon Green published in 2010 the Green’s Dictionary of Slang, a three-volume 6,200 page dictionary offering some 110,000 words and phrases stretching from 1500 to the present day.

Alex Bellos: Through The Looking-Glass

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Alex Bellos: Through The Looking-Glass

Sun 16 Nov

Alex Bellos tells us about the hidden maths that underpins our lives through a number of intriguing stories.

Stewart Hillard: Sew Fabulous

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Stewart Hillard: Sew Fabulous

Sun 16 Nov

For over 20 years Stuart has been sewing and designing home décor projects, teaching and encouraging others to give up the rules and just enjoy sewing.

Ed Conway: The Summit

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Ed Conway: The Summit

Sun 16 Nov

Sky News economics editor, Ed Conway, tells us the colourful story of Bretton Woods, the 1944 summit which gave the US dollar its central role in the world economy.

James Hall: The Self-Portrait, A Cultural History

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James Hall: The Self-Portrait, A Cultural History

Sun 16 Nov

In this illustrated talk, James Hall brilliantly maps the history of self-portraiture, from the earliest myths of Narcissus and the Christian tradition of bearing witness to the prolific self-image-making of today’s contemporary artists.

Andy Miller: Read Yourself Fitter

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Andy Miller: Read Yourself Fitter

Sun 16 Nov

Andy Miller, the author of The Year of Reading Dangerously, gives us the honest account of his quest to reverse 20 years of lies and read the books he's always claimed to have read.

Friends Of The Book Festival Quiz

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Friends Of The Book Festival Quiz

Sun 16 Nov

The Friends Quiz is always a popular event during the Festival. Literary knowledge is not

Gallic Nights With Antoine Laurain And Helene Gestern

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Gallic Nights With Antoine Laurain And Helene Gestern

Mon 17 Nov

Two award-winning authors bring a touch of French magic to Folkestone.

HL Dennis: Be A Secret Breaker

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HL Dennis: Be A Secret Breaker

Tue 18 Nov

Young code breakers: Can you read a rope? Do you want to use a code breaking machine? Join Team Veritas and crack the codes to help them. A fun and exciting event for the whole family.

Becky Taylor: A History Of Gypsies, Roma And Travellers

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Becky Taylor: A History Of Gypsies, Roma And Travellers

Tue 18 Nov

Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are some of the most marginalized and vilified people in society. They

Dying Well

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Dying Well

Tue 18 Nov

There was a time when we were enjoined to contemplate our personal mortality much more than we are

Gordon Corrigan: Waterloo

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Gordon Corrigan: Waterloo

Wed 19 Nov

A former soldier, Gordon Corrigan is the author of an acclaimed military biography of Wellington and

Waterloo

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Waterloo

Wed 19 Nov

The climactic battle of Waterloo is re-enacted with such stunning realism by a cast of around 20,000 extras that it looks like documentary footage from history itself.

Jenny Uglow: In These times- Living In Britain Through The French Wars

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Jenny Uglow: In These times- Living In Britain Through The French Wars

Wed 19 Nov

Jenny Uglow, the prize-winning author of The Lunar Men and Nature's Engraver, follows the

Carol Ann Duffy

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Carol Ann Duffy

Wed 19 Nov

The Poet Laureate reads from her poetry.

Lisa Hilton: Elizabeth- Renaissance Prince

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Lisa Hilton: Elizabeth- Renaissance Prince

Thu 20 Nov

Lisa Hilton presents a fresh interpretation of Elizabeth as a queen who saw herself primarily as a Renaissance prince.

Amy Licence: Richard III

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Amy Licence: Richard III

Thu 20 Nov

Portrayed as an evil hunchback by Shakespeare, and in recent years as a much maligned King, what exactly did Richard do to merit such reactions?

Elizabeth

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Elizabeth

Thu 20 Nov

The Oscar-winning film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Lit Dinner

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Lit Dinner

Thu 20 Nov

Enjoy a delicious Indian dinner at Curry Garden in the company of writers.

Tracy Borman

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Tracy Borman

Thu 20 Nov

Who was Thomas Cromwell really, Hilary Mantel’s leading character?

In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse And Modernism In Paris

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In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse And Modernism In Paris

Fri 21 Nov

In this illustrated talk, Sue Roe will show that the real revolution in the arts first took place not in the 1920s to the sounds of the Charleston and black jazz but more intimately, in the cafes and cabarets of Montmartre during the first decade of the century.

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

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Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Fri 21 Nov

Undoubtedly one of the most talked-about shows on the improvised comedy circuit, Austentatious is an

Cafe Philo With Kate Figes

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Cafe Philo With Kate Figes

Sat 22 Nov

Come for a lazy start of the day and discuss monogamy and betrayal, truth and lies, with Kate Figes over coffee and croissants in Rocksalt bar.

Andrew Martin: Belles And Whistles

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Andrew Martin: Belles And Whistles

Sat 22 Nov

Andrew Martin has travelled aboard five of these famous train journeys modern day equivalents and explains how we got from there to here. He combines humour, historical anecdote, reportage from the present and romantic evocations of the past.

JWS Bradshaw: Dogs And Cats- The Animals Amongst Us

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JWS Bradshaw: Dogs And Cats- The Animals Amongst Us

Sat 22 Nov

Dr John Bradshaw founded and directs the world-renowned Anthrozoology Institute, based at the

Jules Howard: Sex On Earth

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Jules Howard: Sex On Earth

Sat 22 Nov

Biologist Jules Howard tells us the how and why of sex on Earth, in all its diversity. From sperm

Judith Flanders

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Judith Flanders

Sat 22 Nov

The acclaimed author of The Victorian City vividly explores parts the 500-year history of how and why our homes have come to be what they are owing to social, religious and economic factors. Expect thrilling mini histories of many household items from cutlery to the fitted kitchen on the way.

Michael Frayn

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Michael Frayn

Sat 22 Nov

Michael Frayns talks about his most recent novel Skios, about applying the rules of the stage farce to fiction, lampooning the wealthy and making fun of intellectual life.

Claire Tomalin

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Claire Tomalin

Sat 22 Nov

Claire Tomalin talks about –sometimes resident of Folkestone- Charles Dickens, the subject of her award-winning biography. She discusses his relationship with Nelly Terman and her own contribution to the film, The Invisible Woman.

Paper Making Workshop With Jonathan Korejko

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Paper Making Workshop With Jonathan Korejko

Sun 23 Nov

A one day workshop in which you will be taught how to make handmade paper from a variety of ingredients with step-by-step expert guidance. Prepare to get your hands dirty but have fun and leave with beautiful and unique paper.

David Marsh: for Who The Bell Tolls

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David Marsh: for Who The Bell Tolls

Sun 23 Nov

Clear, honest use of English has many enemies: politicians, business and marketing people, local authority and civil service jargonauts, rail companies, estate agents, academics ... and some journalists. He tells us why he decided to write the book that might defeat them.

Geordie Greig: Breakfast With Lucian

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Geordie Greig: Breakfast With Lucian

Sun 23 Nov

Greig shares some of Freud's stories: of death threats; escaping from Nazi Germany; falling out with

Michael Booth: The Truth About The Nordic Miracle

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Michael Booth: The Truth About The Nordic Miracle

Sun 23 Nov

Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians, on and off, for over ten years, perplexed by their

David Goodhart

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David Goodhart

Sun 23 Nov

David Goodhart tells us why he argues that an overzealous multiculturalism has reinforced difference instead of promoting a common life and why Britain needs a political culture of integration.

Lewis Dartnell: How To Rebuild Our World From Scratch

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Lewis Dartnell: How To Rebuild Our World From Scratch

Sun 23 Nov

Lewis Dartnell introduces his quickstart guide for rebooting civilisation which will transform your understanding of the world - and help you prepare for when it's no longer here...

It's Not Only Rock n Roll

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It's Not Only Rock n Roll

Sun 23 Nov

How do the world’s most popular musicians create hit songs; is it natural talent, or do external