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This year’s Folkestone Book Festival explores the big changes on our horizon and embraces the human spirit.

We explore the world of tech with Brian Clegg, who will reveal the impact (both positive and negative) that big data can have on society. We also welcome Jamie Bartlett, who will share his research into the strange and exciting worlds of innovators, disruptors, idealists and extremists who believe that society is broken and they know how to fix it.

Environmental lawyer and founding CEO of ClientEarth, James Thornton, will be discussing his organisation’s tireless work defending the planet; taking on governments, corporations and spreading awareness. Later in the week join Dr Mike Shanahan, who explains why fig trees are so important to ecology, society and the future of life on Earth.

Sarah Outen joins us for Dare to Do, a celebration of the human spirit, telling the story of her inspiring 25,000 mile journey around the world by bicycle, kayak and canoe. We will also be joined by a panel which includes travel writer Rory MacLean, journalist Eva Ladipo and historian Jamie Bulloch. Together they will be shining a light on Germany’s role in the world and its future.

For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01303 760750.

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