Focus on beating the odds
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