Christmas Lights Switch-on!

Christmas

Christmas Lights Switch-on!

Fri 16 Nov

Dig out your festive jumper, get Bublé back on your playlist and join us for the Creative Quarter Christmas lights switch-on!

Kit de Waal

Fiction

Kit de Waal

Fri 16 Nov

Kit de Waal talks to Claire Armistead about her Irish and Caribbean origins, why becoming a writer late was a good thing for her, campaigning for working class writers, love, loss and creativity.

Anthony Browne

Family

Anthony Browne

Sat 17 Nov

One of the world's most celebrated creators of picture books joins Folkestone Book Festival.

Oceanopedia: 291 Extraordinary Things You Didn't Know about the Sea

Nature

Oceanopedia: 291 Extraordinary Things You Didn't Know about the Sea

Sat 17 Nov

Blowfish, a marine biologist and star presenter of BBC Earth and ITV's Fishing Impossible, reveals some of the fascinating facts that lurk beneath the waves.

The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth about Healthy Eating

Food

The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth about Healthy Eating

Sat 17 Nov

Never before have we had so much information available to us about food and health. There's paleo, detox, gluten-free, alkaline, the sugar conspiracy, clean eating... Unfortunately, a lot of it is not only wrong but actually harmful. So why do so many of us believe this bad science?

Word Play

Workshop

Word Play

Sat 17 Nov

Words matter. But it's important to also have a little fun.

Jules Montague: Memory, Identity and Who We Become When We're No Longer Ourselves

Mental Health

Jules Montague: Memory, Identity and Who We Become When We're No Longer Ourselves

Sat 17 Nov

From dementia and brain injury to sleep disorders, coma, and multiple personality disorder, leading neurologist and journalist Dr Jules Montague explores what remains of the person left behind when the pieces of their mind go missing.

Jenni Murray: A History of the World in 21 Women

History

Jenni Murray: A History of the World in 21 Women

Sat 17 Nov

In the sequel to her bestselling 'A History of Britain in 21 Women', Jenni Murray celebrates the lives, struggles and achievements of extraordinary women from around the globe.

Robin Ince: I'm a Joke and So Are You - A Comedian's Take on What Makes Us Human

Comedy

Robin Ince: I'm a Joke and So Are You - A Comedian's Take on What Makes Us Human

Sat 17 Nov

Why do we make the choices we do in life? Where does anxiety come from? Why are we like we are?

Christian Wolmar: Railways and the Raj

History

Christian Wolmar: Railways and the Raj

Sun 18 Nov

Christian Wolmar examines the chequered role the railways have played in Indian history and the creation of today's modern state.

Chetna Makan: Flavours of India

Food

Chetna Makan: Flavours of India

Sun 18 Nov

The author of The Cardamom Trail and Chai, Chaat & Chutney talks about the history of Indian herbs and spices, and the incredible food she discovered while travelling around India.

Mukulika Banerjee & Salil Tripathi: A Great Democracy?

Politics

Mukulika Banerjee & Salil Tripathi: A Great Democracy?

Sun 18 Nov

India is the largest democracy in the world with more than 800 million people eligible to vote out of a population of 1.3 billion but how successful is it?

Nick Hennessey:

Workshop

Nick Hennessey: "Open Mouth, Story Jump Out!" Storytelling for Beginners

Sun 18 Nov

Ever wondered what it would be like to tell a traditional story? Ever wished you had a story to tell? Then this workshop is for you - a complete beginners's introduction to storytelling.

Vaseem Khan: Fictional India

Fiction

Vaseem Khan: Fictional India

Sun 18 Nov

Vaseem Khan is the author of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency novels - a series of crime novels set in India.

Amit Chaudhuri in conversation with Mukulika Banerjee

Literature

Amit Chaudhuri in conversation with Mukulika Banerjee

Sun 18 Nov

Amit Chaudhuri tells us about his India, his love of experimental music, as well as literary activism.

Kali - The Story of the World's Wildest Goddess

Performance

Kali - The Story of the World's Wildest Goddess

Sun 18 Nov

From demure housewife to bloodthirsty goddess, gurgling infant to elephant man, meditating sage to cosmic fire-eater, Hindu mythology illuminates a mind-blowing world of radical transformations.

Emma Bache: Reading Between the Lines

Psychology

Emma Bache: Reading Between the Lines

Mon 19 Nov

Emma Bache tells us what our handwriting reveals about us. She will give a short presentation of what graphology is about and do some on the spot analysis. You may be surprised by how much she can read between the lines.

Duncan Barrett: Hitler's British Isles

History

Duncan Barrett: Hitler's British Isles

Mon 19 Nov

In this talk Duncan Barrett reveals the true stories behind the fiction of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.

Julian Baggini: How the World Thinks

Philosophy

Julian Baggini: How the World Thinks

Mon 19 Nov

Philosopher Julian Baggini has travelled the globe to find out how our ancient philosophical traditions both shape and reflect how we think today.

Hannah Fry: How to Be Human in the Age of the Machine

Tech

Hannah Fry: How to Be Human in the Age of the Machine

Mon 19 Nov

Hannah Fry takes us on a tour through the good, the bad, and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us.

Agnès Poirier: Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940-50

History

Agnès Poirier: Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940-50

Tue 20 Nov

A captivating portrait of those who lived, loved, fought, played and flourished in Paris between 1940 and 1950 and whose intellectual and artistic output still influences us today.

Alison Weir: Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen

History

Alison Weir: Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen

Tue 20 Nov

Alison Weir draws on new research for her portrayal of Jane Seymour, the third of Henry's queens, casting fresh light on both traditional and modern perceptions of her.

Peter Hart: The Last Battle: Endgame on the Western Front

History

Peter Hart: The Last Battle: Endgame on the Western Front

Tue 20 Nov

Peter Hart brings to life the dramatic final weeks of the war, as men fought to secure victory, with survival seemingly only days or hours away.

Adam Rutherford: What Makes Us Human

Science

Adam Rutherford: What Makes Us Human

Tue 20 Nov

Geneticist Adam Rutherford explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not.

Zenne Dancer

Film

Zenne Dancer

Wed 21 Nov

Controversial and groundbreaking, Zenne Dancer is a feature film about a German photo-journalist in Istanbul without much knowledge about Turkish values.

Jeremy Seal, Barbara Nadel & Alev Scott with Lennox Morrison

International

Jeremy Seal, Barbara Nadel & Alev Scott with Lennox Morrison

Wed 21 Nov

Join us for our Turkish evening exploring the country's fascinating history, culture and politics.

Christina Patterson: The Art of Not Falling Apart

Mental Health

Christina Patterson: The Art of Not Falling Apart

Thu 22 Nov

Christina Patterson shares some of her findings and inspire us to learn how to ditch our expectations, raise a glass and prepare a rocky ride.

Christie Watson in conversation with Francesca Baker: The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story

Health

Christie Watson in conversation with Francesca Baker: The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story

Thu 22 Nov

Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, she gives us an astonishing account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness.

Jane Green: Astronomy

Science

Jane Green: Astronomy

Thu 22 Nov

In this talk, Jane Green, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, presenter, author and broadcaster, challenges our perceptions of other 'stars' behind some of astronomy's most revolutionary discoveries.

Viv Albertine

Music

Viv Albertine

Thu 22 Nov

In conversation with Melita Dennett Over 14s welcome, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult

Simon Garfield: In Miniature

Hobbies

Simon Garfield: In Miniature

Fri 23 Nov

Why are we so fascinated be model villages, miniature food and the flea circus?

Posy Simmonds: Cassandra Darke

Graphic Novel

Posy Simmonds: Cassandra Darke

Fri 23 Nov

Posy Simmonds' graphic novels have always put a magnifying glass on British society and domestic life. Her new book, Cassandra Darke, is the story of a mean, selfish art dealer, living in Chelsea in a house worth £7 million, convicted for fraud and forced to venture out of her rich enclave.

Tom Phillips' Personal Portrait of a Place followed by a Q&A with Jake Auerbach + Tom Phillips

Film

Tom Phillips' Personal Portrait of a Place followed by a Q&A with Jake Auerbach + Tom Phillips

Fri 23 Nov

Tom Phillips reveals the quirky and sometimes inexplicable effect of human beings on their surroundings.

Marina Warner: Forms of Enchantment

Art

Marina Warner: Forms of Enchantment

Fri 23 Nov

In this illustrated talk, Marina Warner shares her passion for art and explores some of the stories and symbols to which artists - Louise Bourgeois, Damien Hirst, Joan Jonas and Kiki Smith - allude in their work.

Philippe Sands: On the Origins of

History

Philippe Sands: On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes Against Humanity"

Fri 23 Nov

The international rights lawyer explores how personal lives and history are interwoven.

Lucy Siegle: Turning the Tide on Plastic

Environment

Lucy Siegle: Turning the Tide on Plastic

Sat 24 Nov

Journalist, broadcaster and eco lifestyle expert Lucy Siegle provides a powerful call to arms to end the plastic pandemic along with the tools we need to make a decisive change.

Matt Haig in conversation with Susanna Howard: Notes on a Nervous Planet

Mental Health

Matt Haig in conversation with Susanna Howard: Notes on a Nervous Planet

Sat 24 Nov

After years of panic attacks, Matt Haig began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. This is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.

Edith Hall: Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life

Philosophy

Edith Hall: Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life

Sat 24 Nov

Edith Hall shows how ancient thinking is precisely what we need today, even if you don't know your Odyssey from your Illiad.

David Runciman: How Democracy Ends

Politics

David Runciman: How Democracy Ends

Sat 24 Nov

David Runciman, one of the UK's leading professors of politics, surveys the political landscape of the West, helps us to spot the new signs of a collapsing democracy and advises us on what could come next.

Oliver Bullough: Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World an How to Take it Back

Politics

Oliver Bullough: Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World an How to Take it Back

Sat 24 Nov

Join the investigative journalist Oliver Bullough on a journey into Moneyland - the secret country of the lawless, stateless superrich.

Bettany Hughes: Istanbul

History

Bettany Hughes: Istanbul

Sat 24 Nov

Join award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, Bettany Hughes, as she discusses her latest book, Istanbul, a Tale of Three Cities.

Celebrate the Sisterhood: 150 Years of Little Women

Reading Group

Celebrate the Sisterhood: 150 Years of Little Women

Sun 25 Nov

What is the secret of the enduring popularity of Little Women? What is it about this novel that continues to speak to new generations of readers?

Pinkerton Mystery and How to Write a Great Story

Family

Pinkerton Mystery and How to Write a Great Story

Sun 25 Nov

In a lively talk illustrated by images from her books, including the Pinkerton Mystery, a new series set in the Wild West, packed with danger and deadly desperados, million-selling author Caroline Lawrence shares some of her best writing tips.

Lynne Murphy: The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between British and American English

Language

Lynne Murphy: The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between British and American English

Sun 25 Nov

Lynne Murphy, an American linguist living in England, dives into the war of words being waged over the Atlantic.

Dharshini David: The Almighty Dollar

Economy

Dharshini David: The Almighty Dollar

Sun 25 Nov

Have you ever wondered why we can afford to buy far more clothes than our grandparents ever could . . . but may be less likely to own a home in which to keep them all? Why your petrol bill can double in a matter of months, but it never falls as fast? Behind all of this lies economics.

Brian Klaas: The Despot's Apprentice: Trump's attack on democracy

Politics

Brian Klaas: The Despot's Apprentice: Trump's attack on democracy

Sun 25 Nov

An expert on authoritarianism, Brian Klaas argues forcefully that with every autocratic tactic or tweet, Trump further erodes democratic norms in the world's most powerful democracy.

Sarah Churchwell: Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream

History

Sarah Churchwell: Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream

Sun 25 Nov

What does it mean to put America first, and what exactly are Americans supposed to be dreaming of - personal wealth, public power, racial equality, political refuge, individual freedoms? What happens when these values collide?

Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballad

Performance

Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballad

Sun 25 Nov

In this talk interspersed with tunes, Nick Hayes brings a legend to life and shows how music refuses to obey the arbitrary borders set out by states, and how culture steals and appropriates as part of its organic growth.

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