Folkestone poet Ben Barton has made the Amazon UK's Top 5 'Hot Books' chart with his debut poetry collection...
Called THE RED BOOK, it is described as his greatest hits collection featuring over forty previously published poems, from The Re-Birth Remembered, a poem which won the Folkestone Ottakars Bookshop Poetry Competition in 1998, to more recent work based on Derek Jarmans garden at Dungeness. Others include the widely-published The Dark Cloud of Dover and poems written from his apartment in the Metropole.
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This is part of my website The Folkestone Gerald that I set up in a fury of enthusiasm when we first moved here sometime in 2004. I had been a frequent visitor for a while previous to that so I am technically one of those DFLs you get nowadays. This site was a lot more dynamic with a gig calendar and voting for favourite places and stuff, and I know it was a useful resource for those who were moving to the area. Now I've moved out of Folkestone again (though just to Hythe) it doesn't get as much love as it used to. Ironic really as Folkestone itself is now becoming the exciting place we knew it was about to become. I am not Gerald BTW, the name comes from the name of a pretend newspaper in an episode of The Day Today or something, the Portsmouth Gerald, and how there is a local newspaper here called the Folkestone Herald. Puns like this are great aren't they? Do get in touch if you have something to offer, email anythign @ this domain, or try @folkestone or @pauly on Twitter.