Fo­cus on beat­ing the odds

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - FESTIVAL -

Or­gan­is­ers of this year’s Folke­stone Book Fes­ti­val hope their line-up will be up­lift­ing and beat the win­ter blues. The 10-day fes­ti­val fea­tures au­thor talks, thought-pro­vok­ing dis­cus­sions, mu­sic, fun fam­ily events and in­spir­ing works, with many fo­cus­ing on the pos­si­bil­ity of change and beat­ing the odds.

In a packed pro­gramme, pol­i­tics mixes with well­be­ing, and grip­ping drama sits along­side history and cook­ery. The open­ing week­end sees po­lit­i­cal colum­nist Steve Richards dis­cuss the rise and rise of po­lit­i­cal out­siders on Satur­day, November 18. Broad­caster and au­thor Peter Snow and his wife, Ann Macmil­lan, the grand­daugh­ter of David Lloyd Ge­orge, who worked for the Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, will be talk­ing about War Sto­ries: Grip­ping tales of courage, cun­ning and com­pas­sion, on Satur­day, November 18. Co­me­dian and writer Francesca

Martinez, who has mild cere­bral palsy, will be dis­cussing What The **** Is Nor­mal?! on Satur­day, November 18 at 6pm while leader of the Lib­eral Democrats and for­mer busi­ness sec­re­tary Vince Ca­ble talks about his de­but novel, Open Arms, a grip­ping po­lit­i­cal drama set in White­hall and the slums of Mum­bai, on Sun­day, November 19 at 3pm. Award-win­ning poet Inua El­lams will use anec­dotes in his per­for­mance on Mon­day, November 20, An Evening with an Im­mi­grant, when he tells how he fled Nige­ria as a child, to per­form­ing solo shows at the Na­tional The­atre. On Wednesday, November 22, his­to­rian

Henry Hem­ming tells the story of Maxwell Knight, the mav­er­ick MI5 of­fi­cer who re­cruited two women in the 1930s to pen­e­trate the Bri­tish Com­mu­nist move­ment, lead­ing to the ex­po­sure of a Soviet spy-ring.

Jour­nal­ist Steve Richards

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