Language, Location and Me. 19th – 22nd Oct, Folkestone.

October 19th – 22nd we are curating events at Customs House: Urban Room, which is a Folkestone Triennial artwork by Diane Dever and The Decorators.

Conceived and curated by Susanna Howard & Living Words

Explore the boundaries of speech and how language affects our perceptions of ourselves and others by – eavesdropping on conversations; watching films; taking part in workshops; rewriting the UK citizenship test; attending a performance lecture; hearing the words of writers declaring where they live; and listening to a record playing the voices of Folkestone.

Living Write!
19 October, 11am – 12.30pm. Free. No booking required
A workshops led by Bloodaxe Books poet and Living Words writer Shazea Quraishi, offering a chance for you to get your Folkestone story out. No writing experience or skills needed. Some pieces maybe shared at Sunday’s event…if you want that!

What Sometimes Happens When We Listen
20 October, 6 – 6.45pm. Free. No booking required
Performance lecture by Susanna Howard, founder of Living Words and proud Folkestonian. Expect personal tales, record playing and eyeliner. The performance lecture will be about 20 mins, followed by drinks and conversation.

Punctuate your Life!
21 October, 3-4pm. Free. No booking required
Local boy and hugely popular workshop leader and writer Philip Cowell – author of This Is Me, Full Stop (Penguin, Nov 2017) – leads a playful workshop exploring punctuation.

21 October, 5.30-6.30pm
A relaxed bringing together of material collected across the days, possibly including a visual mapping dance, a loud hailer and lots of chalk.

Accentuate the Positive
22 October, 11am-12.30pm
Coffee and conversation exploring local accents, vocabulary and communication.

Something to Declare
22 October, 5-6pm
Performance readings from local and national poets, including local beat boxer Tormented Vocals. The session will explore cultural identity and heritage, and what it means to declare one’s home and nationhood. If you would like to declare yourself – come along with your words, or email ahead to let us know:

Any questions drop us a message, below!