Travels in Southern England – The Folkestone Book Festival – Sunday 22 November

November 23, 2015

Beautiful Britain with Tom Fort and the Reverend Peter Owen Jones
I remember being delighted by Tom Fort’s TV progamme in which he described his travels from London along the A303 as this was a road passing through ancient landscapes which I have travelled myself many times. On this occasion he was promoting his book, Channel Shore, in which he recounts his journey by bicycle along the English Channel Shoreline. This talk was a must for me as I have been visiting this area regularly as part of this blog. He had many stories to recount about the characters and things he encountered but was very critical about some of the places he visited. Peter Own Jones, on the other hand, seemed happy just to commune with nature. Apparently, Great Britain is one of the very few parts of the world where you can roam freely and he has collected 21 of his circular favorite walks in his book, Pathlands and Shares.

Friends of the Book Festival Quiz
At 7.30 pm that evening I took part in the Festival Quiz. The venue was the bar of The Quaterhouse, where all of the festival events I attended so far had taken place. Quizzes are a great way to meet other festival goers especially if, as I was, you are on your own. I joined five bright people, three men and two women, to answer what turned out to be general knowledge questions but with an artistic bent. We came second out of nine groups of six with the winners beating us by just one point. We should have won if some of us (and I am afraid I was probably the chief culprit) had not talked one of the ladies out of what turned out to be at least three correct answers. Despite this, we all seemed to get on well and it was a most enjoyable evening.

Quaterhouse FolkestoneThe Quarterhouse Folkestone