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Endelienta Make Club - Nature's Palette

Endelienta Make Club – Nature’s Palette

Tuesday 17th August 2021 10am-12pm

We are pleased to welcome Sarah Hercod from South Cornwall Sketch club to lead this session on Nature’s Palette. Explore pigment by extracting colour from soil, stones. Leaves, grasses, petals and maybe even some fruit or berries. Discover how to mix a wide range of colours from a very limited paint palette. Create your own masterpiece! 

Unless it is raining or very windy we will hold this Make Club outside but there will be access to the Hall for toilets and hand washing. 
There is hand sanitiser upon entry and extra cleaning routines in the hall. 

Face coverings will need to be worn by adults within the building.
We will be working behind the Parish Hall next to the church.

If you would like to bring snacks and a flask/drinks we can have a break.


Barb Jungr: Forgetful Heart

Our Eden Project Session this year is a serious treat for lovers of jazz or simply great singing. ‘One of the world’s greatest cabaret singers’ (Time Out), entrancing jazz artist Barb Jungr brings her unique interpretive skills to a collection of songs by two of her favourite songwriters, Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel, alongside some of her own gorgeous compositions.  This is stellar cabaret showcasing an artiste at the top of her game, which sees Barb Jungr present these  familiar tracks with a heartfelt originality, charm and elegance.
Awarded five stars by Culture Fix, a consummate performer and an artist at the top of her game, Barb’s classy, inventive, dramatic, and sometimes funny performances draw you in, revealing new emotional depths and dramatic narratives within familiar songs.

Cream of Cornish

We’ve four wildly contrasting readings from local authors this year. Rosanne Hodin introduces her comic memoir Growing Goats and Girls, about raising a young family on a Cornish smallholding. Charles Fox reads from On the Brink, his fascinating history of eight generations of his family’s Falmouth shipping business. Tom Vowler, who wowed us with a short story three years ago, returns to read from his new literary thriller, Every Seventh Wave. Finally, we have Kate Werran, whose Mutiny in the Duchy sheds light on the hushed-up race battle between American GIs stationed in Launceston during WW2.

Workshop: Emma Bache on Graphology

Handwriting is as unique as a fingerprint and the fine motor co-ordination behind it reveals many hidden personality traits and nuances of character not evident in either a social or professional environment. Join the UK’s leading handwriting expert, Emma Bache, for a fun and interactive workshop during which you will learn the basics of handwriting analysis. Your new-found skills will then be put to the test by analysing a sample of handwriting to reveal the hidden characteristics within.  You will come away with some graphological knowledge and a little insight into your own or partner's personality and motivations.  There will be lots of time for questions.  New skills and fun are both guaranteed as Emma brings her thirty years of experience as well as her unique sense of humour and lightness of touch to what will be a hugely entertaining morning.

Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty is the author of five radio plays and nine novels, including the phenomenon that was Apple Tree Yard. Its television adaptation was viewed by seven million per episode and one anticipates the same is in store for her latest. Platform Seven is every bit as gripping. It starts as a whodunnit confined to the reaches of Peterborough Station and what the ghost of a recent suicide can see and hear, but then expands to become a thriller about coercive control, gaslighting and a touching meditation on mortality.  Was it a suicide after all, or a kind of murder?  Louise will be in conversation with her old friend the novelist, Patrick Gale

Amanda Craig

One of England’s foremost novelists, Amanda Craig joins the artistic director of the new Falmouth Book Festival, Colin Midson to talk about her latest work. The Golden Rule was not only picked as a book of the year 2020 in the Financial Times, The Sunday Times, the Daily Mail and The Observer but was also longlisted for the Woman’s Prize. A follow-up to Craig’s hugely popular The Lie of the Land, it’s a proper Cornish, female inversion of the plot of Strangers on a Train.

Workshop: Genre-Busting with Cathy Galvin and Mary J Oliver

The spaces between poetry and prose, fiction and memoir have never been more blurred or exciting. This three hour workshop aims to increase your confidence in breaking away from traditional publishing rules. Two writers, Cathy Galvin and Mary J. Oliver, whose work draws on the deeply personal, will read from their recent cross-genre publications. This will be followed by exercises, conversation and analysis geared towards pushing the conventional boundaries. This is a valuable opportunity for you to experiment with the presentation of your own inner story guided by two experienced writers. 

Lamorna Ash & Lisa Woollett

Two lively meditations on our relationship with the sea and shoreline which are also memoirs. As part of her postgraduate cultural anthropology masters, Lamorna Ash elected to return to her mother’s Cornish roots to embed herself in Newlyn’s fishing community. There she experienced first-hand the brutal lessons of life at sea and came to appreciate both the challenges facing an industry in peril and the privileges she had taken for granted. The result, Dark, Cold, Clear: Life in a Cornish Fishing Town has struck a chord with a forcibly isolated public and been Radio 4’s Book of the Week. Cornwall-based Lisa Woollett’s Rag and Bone celebrates the environmentally friendly pleasures of picking over what the waters throw up, from mudlarking on the Thames to beachcombing in the far west, while charting her family’s association with recycling what others throw out. We’re delighted that Lamorna and Lisa will be in conversation with the BBC’s Petroc Trelawny, presenter of Radio 3's Breakfast and author of an upcoming memoir on his Cornish boyhood and enduring love of trains.

Luke Wright

Whether he’s playing master of ceremonies at a Libertines show in front of 5,000 screaming rock fans or reciting Georgian ballads down your local, Luke is adept at taking poetry places it doesn’t normally go. His poems can be tender, riotous, caustic and romantic and he delivers them with the ferocity and panache of a raconteur at the top of his game.

Wright’s third collection The Feel-Good Movie of the Year is out now from Penned in the Margins. Ian Duhig calls it a “a terrific new book: subtle, nuanced and movingly personal. A hurt man taking stock in fresh words.”

Luke’s work has a won a Fringe First, a 4Talent Award, a Stage Award and four Saboteur Awards, including the 2021 Best Spoken Word Performer. He was poet-in-residence for BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live for six years, and is a regular tour support for John Cooper Clarke.

“Luke Wright is one of the greats. A poetic pugilist. Beguiling and hypnotic." Carl Barât
“His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour.” The Guardian
“Visceral, poignant and riotously funny.” The Scotsman

“A terrific new book: subtle, nuanced and movingly personal. A hurt man taking stock in fresh words.” Ian Duhig

Eleanor Anstruther and Paul Mendez

This session presents two very exciting debut novels from writers who have each been fearless in rattling family skeletons or using elements of autobiography to come up with something fresh and startling.  Eleanor Anstruther’s  A Perfect Explanation was inspired by her discovery that her grandmother, the granddaughter of the 8th Duke of Argyll, sold her father to her aunt for £500 to raise him as her own. Paul Mendez worked as an actor before settling into a writing career. His Rainbow Milk draws, in its portrayal of a boy’s search for his true, Jamaican father, on his own troubled early life as an “unfellowshipped” gay son of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Black Country. Eleanor and Paul will be in conversation with the artistic director of the new Falmouth Book Festival, Colin Midson.
This event is supported by Patrick Gale.


Flats and Sharps

Flats and Sharps are a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited bluegrass to audiences all around the world, they have been performing their unique take on this music for over eight years. 
Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Their music perfectly blends strong harmonies and stonking solos. Their incredible stage presence and energy create an evening that’ll have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time.
This event is supported by the Gooding Family.

Workshop: Kate Clanchy - Grow Your Own Poem

Whether you've never written a poem before or are a well published writer, you are welcome at this supportive workshop with one of the UKs best-known poetry teachers. We will be reading some contemporary poems and focussing on images, personal experience, and the inner voice. The result will be yours alone. Come with an open mind and an open heart and something with which to write.

Joff Winterhart

Joff Winterhart was one of the first graphic novelists to find their work shortlisted for the Costa Novel prize. That was his debut, Days of the Bagnold Summer, a funny, beguiling portrayal of the profound failure in communication between a down-at-heel single mother and her painfully introverted, would-be rock god son. Singled out for high praise from Zadie Smith, his second novel, Driving Short Distances, portrays the hesitant, deeply repressed friendship that springs up between a slightly hopeless young chap and the mysterious man who hires him to drive him from unit to unit on industrial estates. It’s a horribly well observed study of masculinity, our need for father figures and all those inexplicable small businesses on the edge of town…

Rachel Joyce

Actor, playwright and novelist, Rachel Joyce took the reading world by storm with her first novel, the global bestseller The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.  She packed out our marquee on her last visit in 2016 so it’s a delight to have her back to talk about Miss Benson’s Beetle. A departure in that it is historical, this is an all-woman adventure story, liberating a browbeaten spinster schoolmistress into a round-the-world quest for a possibly mythical golden beetle and introducing her, along the way, to the unexpected delights of friendship and herself. 

George Alagiah

Colombo-born George Alagiah is familiar to millions as a BBC journalist and newscaster and, more recently, as a figurehead for cancer patients and campaigner for improved cancer screening. He is the author of two memoirs charting his family story and the process of becoming an Englishman: A Passage to Africa and A Home from Home: from Immigrant Boy to English Man but has now turned novelist with his well-received thriller of murky dealings in post-apartheid South Africa, The Burning Land
This event is supported by The Durham Friends.


Liz Kessler

Last time Liz was at the festival she was planning a marathon research trip around Eastern Europe on the trail of ancestors killed in the Holocaust, so it’s thrilling to have her back to discuss the bestselling result, her novel for young adults, When The World Was Ours. 

Workshop: Pop-up Books with Robert Crowther

This workshop will be a rare opportunity to see how a pop-up book is produced, looking at roughs and proofs through to the finished book. There will be a practical demonstration of various pop-up techniques and then some of these can be used for participants to produce their own creations. Please bring along your preferred drawing and colouring materials, scissors, rulers and a gluestick: Robert will supply the card!

Anna Pavord

Legendary garden writer, Anna Pavord’s latest book, Landskipping, is a fascinating history of a peculiarly British fascination with landscape shot through with autobiographical glimpses that place Anna within that historical. What is it about landscape, she asks, that we find beautiful? How does landscape comfort us, fille us with awe or simply mesmerise us? 

Edward Parnell

Edward Parnell’s Ghostland is an affecting memoir of his fenland boyhood and the shadows cast over it by illness and bereavement. But as Ed revisits the scenes of his memories, the book also becomes a meditation on the rich British heritage of ghostly or sinister fiction and the landscapes forever associated with the likes of M R James and Alan Garner. Edward will be in conversation with the novelist and memoirist, Cathy Rentzenbrink.

Philip Marsden

A keen “day sailor” since boyhood, Philip Marsden had long been entranced by the mystical lure of the Summer Isles since long distant visits to an inspirational aunt who made a life and mysteriously died on one of them. His latest book, The Summer Isles tells how, with beguilingly insane bravado, he buys a clinker-built yacht and sails from his home in South Cornwall up the west coast to revisit them. Marsden, being a polymath as well as sailor, his occasionally hair-raising adventures along the way are spiced with the histories and myths of the fascinating places he visits. After the tremendous success of Philip’s last book, Rising Ground, which was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize, this illustrated talk is sure to be popular.