Press Release

27 October 2011

University Centre Folkestone (UCF) is hosting a series of events in support of The Folkestone Book Festival, taking place from the 5-11 November, 2011.

‘Telling Tales’ comprises of six events to be held at UCF, welcoming well-known names in the world of story-telling, art and literature.

Audiences will be able to attend an array of insightful workshops and discussions, including an evening with Joe Dunthorne, bestselling author of Submarine, a book which was made into a film by Richard Ayoade from TV’s the IT crowd. Joe will also talk about his new novel Wild Abandon, a story set in a Welsh commune, during his appearance at 6pm on Friday, 11 November.

For young aspiring writers, there is also a creative writing workshop entitled ‘The Horror: poems to petrify, stories to scare’, which will be hosted by spoken word poet and writer, Dan Simpson alongside published horror novelist, Thomas Emson. Taking place on Tuesday, 8 November between 3pm and 5pm, the workshop is free to attend, but booking is essential.

Other events across the week include, a storytelling workshop run by professional storyteller, Gemma Hannah, as well as a public lecture on this year’s festival read: ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens, hosted by Carolyn Oulton. Carolyn is a Reader in Victorian Literature at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

There will also be an open discussion on morality, art and literature with a panel of successful Kent-based writers, as well as a book swap on Sunday, 6th November, 12pm – 4pm at Googies Art Cafe. This event is also free and open to all ages and any books left at the end will be donated to Oxfam Book Shop.

To view the full programme of ‘Telling Tales’ events run by UCF and how to book, please visit .

All events are at UCF, unless otherwise stated, must be booked through the Quarterhouse Box Office on 01303 858500.

For more information on the full programme of events at The Folkestone Book Festival, visit


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • We have one of the best employment rates in the country with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey)
  • Christ Church is the number one University choice for people in Kent
  • We are the largest provider of education, training and skills to the public services in the South East
  • 2012 marks the University’s Golden Jubilee, providing higher education and innovation for the past 50 years.


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