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Author Tours: Gavin Plumley @ St Endellion

Author Tours: Gavin Plumley on A Home For All Seasons

Thursday 30th June, 7.30pm - St Endellion Hall

£8 | Accompanied under 16s free



Cultural historian Gavin Plumley’s first book is a hybrid of domestic history and European art, of memoir and landscape writing. It tells how, having taken the huge plunge, as a committedly urban man, of buying Stepps House- a house in Pembridge, Herefordshire- he came to realise it might be far older than he had been led to believe. Tracing the story of the house through different hands and eras, he finds a picture that resonates powerfully with our present.  Gavin is a frequent guest on BBC radio, writes for newspapers and magazines worldwide and regularly talks in leading museums and art galleries. He will be in conversation with novelist Patrick Gale.

 

Make Club - Mobiles

Make Club - Mobiles
St Endellion Hall
Saturday 2nd July, 10am-12pm
£5 per Family


Make a Calder inspired mobile using recycled plastic and card. Come along and explore how you can balance shapes and think about colour and composition. 
Please bring pliers or wire cutters, any found or recycled plastic bottles (shampoo bottles are often bright colours) and a sturdy pair of scissors.

Each month we have new creative ideas to keep the whole family  busy.  The Make Club is a fun space to explore, create and get messy. The workshops are led by inspirational artists and makers.

The Make Club is just £5 per family.
 

The Gigspanner Big Band and Raynor Winn - Saltlines

The Gigspanner Big Band and Raynor Winn - Saltlines

Sunday 10th July, 7.30pm

St Endellion Church

£20 | Students, unemployed people & under 21s: £15

 

Saltlines is an exciting new collaboration between acclaimed writer of The Salt Path, Raynor Winn, and unique folk collective Gigspanner Big Band. Together, they capture a moving portrait of the South West coast path in both old songs and new words. Raynor and Gigspanner Big Band beautifully celebrate the “630 uninterrupted miles of coastline, crossing wild headlands with the calls of oystercatchers, and the smell of salt laden air ever present” (Raynor Winn)

Winn came into prominence in 2018 with her Sunday Times best selling memoir, The Salt Path, in which the writer and her husband decide to walk the entire South West coast path upon finding themselves unexpectedly homeless.

Gigspanner Big Band is composed of some of the most high-profile names on the British folk scene, including Steeleye Span’s Peter Knight, Bellowhead's Jon Spiers and multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks. Their high-energy performances appeal equally to traditionalists and  those looking for something more experimental.

Author Tours: Sophie Pierce & Matt Newbury @ St Endellion

Author Tours: Sophie Pierce and Matt Newbury on Wild Swimming Walks

Thursday 21st July, 7.30pm - St Endellion Hall

£8 | Accompanied under 16s free


Join Matt and Sophie  as they reminisce about their adventures writing Wild Swimming Walks Cornwall in the most unexpected of years. From lockdowns, to not being allowed over the border, and even a few research trips that went dramatically wrong, Sophie and Matt will share some amusing anecdotes behind their best-selling book. The pair, who have four wild swimming guides to their name, the latest being Wild Swimming Walks Dorset and East Devon,  will inspire you to explore the beauties of the English coast and countryside not just on foot, but in the water. In a richly illustrated talk, they will reveal the joy of discovering the true beauty of Cornwall and further afield, from spectacular sea caves, to deserted moorland lakes, and from emerald creeks to wave battered coasts.  They firmly believe you do not have to go abroad to have adventures in wild landscapes, and will share some of their tips for planning great days out, as well as sharing some inspiring locations.


 

Author Tours: Sophie Pierce & Matt Newbury @ Penzance

Author Tours: Sophie Pierce and Matt Newbury on Wild Swimming Walks Friday 22nd July, 7.30pm - Edge Of The World Bookshop, Penzance

£8 


Join Matt and Sophie  as they reminisce about their adventures writing Wild Swimming Walks Cornwall in the most unexpected of years. From lockdowns, to not being allowed over the border, and even a few research trips that went dramatically wrong, Sophie and Matt will share some amusing anecdotes behind their best-selling book. The pair, who have four wild swimming guides to their name, the latest being Wild Swimming Walks Dorset and East Devon,  will inspire you to explore the beauties of the English coast and countryside not just on foot, but in the water. In a richly illustrated talk, they will reveal the joy of discovering the true beauty of Cornwall and further afield, from spectacular sea caves, to deserted moorland lakes, and from emerald creeks to wave battered coasts.  They firmly believe you do not have to go abroad to have adventures in wild landscapes, and will share some of their tips for planning great days out, as well as sharing some inspiring locations.

Make Club - Summer Picnic Art

Make Club - Summer Picnic Art
St Endellion Hall
Thursday 11th August, 10am-12pm
£5 per family


Join us to draw, paint and collage a summer picnic! There will be a selection of juicy and colourful foods to be inspired by but do bring any of your own family favourites. If the weather is dry we will sit on the grass outside the hall, so please bring suncream etc.

Each month we have new creative ideas to keep the whole family busy.  The Make Club is a fun space to explore, create and get messy. The workshops are led by inspirational artists and makers. 

The Make Club is just £5 per family

Author Tours: Seán Hewitt @ St Endellion

Author Tours: Seán Hewitt on All Down Darkness Wide

Thursday 11th August, 7.30pm - St Endellion Hall

£8 | Accomapanied under 16s free



Seán Hewitt was born in 1990. He lectures in English literature at Trinity College Dublin and is a Book Critic for The Irish Times. He won a Northern Writers' Award in 2016, the Resurgence Prize in 2017, and an Eric Gregory Award in 2019. Tongues of Fire is his truly astonishing debut collection of poetry.  In a formal departure for him, however thematically linked to the themes in his poems,  All Down Darkness Wide is a prose memoir. When Seán meets Elias, the two fall headlong into a love story, but as Elias struggles with severe depression, the couple comes face-to-face with crisis. Wrestling with this, Seán Hewitt delves deep into his own history, enlisting the ghosts of queer figures and poets before him. From a nineteenth-century cemetery in Liverpool to the pine forests of Gothenburg, he plumbs the darkness in search of solace and hope. All Down Darkness Wide is an unflinching meditation on the burden of living in a world that too often sets happiness and queer life at odds, and a tender portrayal of what it's like to be caught in the undertow of a loved one's suffering. By turns devastating and soaring, it is a mesmerising story of heartache and renewal, and a work of rare and transcendent beauty. Seán will be in conversation with Patrick Gale at St Endellion, Katrina Naomi in Penzance, Colin Midson in Falmouth and Sophie Pierce in Launceston.

Author Tours: Seán Hewitt @ Penzance

Author Tours: Seán Hewitt on All Down Darkness Wide

Friday 12th August, 7.30pm - The Edge Of The World Bookshop, Penzance 

£8


Seán Hewitt was born in 1990. He lectures in English literature at Trinity College Dublin and is a Book Critic for The Irish Times. He won a Northern Writers' Award in 2016, the Resurgence Prize in 2017, and an Eric Gregory Award in 2019. Tongues of Fire is his truly astonishing debut collection of poetry.  In a formal departure for him, however thematically linked to the themes in his poems,  All Down Darkness Wide is a prose memoir. When Seán meets Elias, the two fall headlong into a love story, but as Elias struggles with severe depression, the couple comes face-to-face with crisis. Wrestling with this, Seán Hewitt delves deep into his own history, enlisting the ghosts of queer figures and poets before him. From a nineteenth-century cemetery in Liverpool to the pine forests of Gothenburg, he plumbs the darkness in search of solace and hope. All Down Darkness Wide is an unflinching meditation on the burden of living in a world that too often sets happiness and queer life at odds, and a tender portrayal of what it's like to be caught in the undertow of a loved one's suffering. By turns devastating and soaring, it is a mesmerising story of heartache and renewal, and a work of rare and transcendent beauty. Seán will be in conversation with Patrick Gale at St Endellion, Katrina Naomi in Penzance, Colin Midson in Falmouth and Sophie Pierce in Launceston.

Squashbox Theatre - Stones and Bones 

Squashbox Theatre - Stones and Bones 

Saturday 13th August, (50 mins)

12pm & 3pm

St Endellion Church

Pay what you decide | Suitable for 5+ 

This August, Squashbox Theatre will be joining us for two performances of their hilarious family show Stones and Bones. Find out all about archaeology and fossils, say hello to one of your stone-age ancestors, hear stories of giants and wizards, see a volcano erupting before your very eyes, and maybe even glimpse a dinosaur or two. Stones And Bones is a marvellous mix of history and mystery. There will be lots of laughs, plenty of puppets, songs, slapstick and crazy characters.This event is pay what you decide - please book in advance and bring cash on the day.

 

"Slick, original and funny, 'Stones And Bones' is a one-man whirlwind tour of prehistoric Cornwall, and a must-see for all dinosaur lovers, young and old alike."

-Sophia Richards, guide2bristol.com

Author Tours: Seán Hewitt @ Launceston

Author Tours: Seán Hewitt on All Down Darkness Wide (in partnership with Charles Causley Trust)

Sunday 14th August, 7.30pm - The Eagle House Hotel, Launceston

£8



Seán Hewitt was born in 1990. He lectures in English literature at Trinity College Dublin and is a Book Critic for The Irish Times. He won a Northern Writers' Award in 2016, the Resurgence Prize in 2017, and an Eric Gregory Award in 2019. Tongues of Fire is his truly astonishing debut collection of poetry.  In a formal departure for him, however thematically linked to the themes in his poems,  All Down Darkness Wide is a prose memoir. When Seán meets Elias, the two fall headlong into a love story, but as Elias struggles with severe depression, the couple comes face-to-face with crisis. Wrestling with this, Seán Hewitt delves deep into his own history, enlisting the ghosts of queer figures and poets before him. From a nineteenth-century cemetery in Liverpool to the pine forests of Gothenburg, he plumbs the darkness in search of solace and hope. All Down Darkness Wide is an unflinching meditation on the burden of living in a world that too often sets happiness and queer life at odds, and a tender portrayal of what it's like to be caught in the undertow of a loved one's suffering. By turns devastating and soaring, it is a mesmerising story of heartache and renewal, and a work of rare and transcendent beauty. Seán will be in conversation with Patrick Gale at St Endellion, Katrina Naomi in Penzance, Colin Midson in Falmouth and Sophie Pierce in Launceston.

Author Tours: Clare Chambers @ St Endellion

Author Tours: Clare Chambers on Small Pleasures

Thursday 8th September, 7.30pm - St Endellion Hall

£8 | Accompanied under 16s free

 

Clare Chambers’ haunting yet funny novel Small Pleasures was a word of mouth fiction hit in 2020 before making the Woman’s Prize longlist. Set in a manicured 1950s south London suburb, not far from where Clare and her husband raised their family, it’s the tale of a woman who claims to have had a virgin birth, and of Jean Swinney, the local journalist who becomes obsessed by her story. Described by the Evening Standard as "gripping, tender and perfectly formed”  it saw Clare likened to Austen, Pym and Larkin and was unsurprisingly raced through multiple reprints in hardback. 

Jean, the protagonist, is “living quite a limited life. She’s a working woman, but it’s a job rather than a career, and she’s a bit of a dogsbody,” Clare says. In between filing women’s interest stories (housekeeping tips, mainly), she’s trapped caring for her belligerent, ageing mother. Every evening she has half an hour to herself to luxuriate in her favourite small pleasure: smoking two cigarettes by herself in the living room. The novel’s real theme, Clare says, is confinement. “It’s about that clash between duty and individual freedom - how much self-denial is an acceptable load for any person to bear?”

Clare will be in conversation with novelist Patrick Gale in St Endellion, Wyl Menmuir in Penzance, Colin Midson in Falmouth and Sophie Pierce in Launceston.




 

Author Tours: Clare Chambers @ Penzance

Author Tours: Clare Chambers on Small Pleasures

Friday 9th September, 7.30pm - The Edge of The World Bookshop, Penzance 

£8 


Clare Chambers’ haunting yet funny novel Small Pleasures was a word of mouth fiction hit in 2020 before making the Woman’s Prize longlist. Set in a manicured 1950s south London suburb, not far from where Clare and her husband raised their family, it’s the tale of a woman who claims to have had a virgin birth, and of Jean Swinney, the local journalist who becomes obsessed by her story. Described by the Evening Standard as "gripping, tender and perfectly formed”  it saw Clare likened to Austen, Pym and Larkin and was unsurprisingly raced through multiple reprints in hardback. 

Jean, the protagonist, is “living quite a limited life. She’s a working woman, but it’s a job rather than a career, and she’s a bit of a dogsbody,” Clare says. In between filing women’s interest stories (housekeeping tips, mainly), she’s trapped caring for her belligerent, ageing mother. Every evening she has half an hour to herself to luxuriate in her favourite small pleasure: smoking two cigarettes by herself in the living room. The novel’s real theme, Clare says, is confinement. “It’s about that clash between duty and individual freedom - how much self-denial is an acceptable load for any person to bear?”

Clare will be in conversation with novelist Patrick Gale in St Endellion, Wyl Menmuir in Penzance, Colin Midson in Falmouth and Sophie Pierce in Launceston.


 

Author Tours: Clare Chambers @ Launceston

Author Tours: Claire Chambers on Small Pleasures (in partnership with Charles Causley Trust)

Sunday 11th September, 7.30pm - The Eagle House Hotel, Launceston

£8


Clare Chambers’ haunting yet funny novel Small Pleasures was a word of mouth fiction hit in 2020 before making the Woman’s Prize longlist. Set in a manicured 1950s south London suburb, not far from where Clare and her husband raised their family, it’s the tale of a woman who claims to have had a virgin birth, and of Jean Swinney, the local journalist who becomes obsessed by her story. Described by the Evening Standard as "gripping, tender and perfectly formed”  it saw Clare likened to Austen, Pym and Larkin and was unsurprisingly raced through multiple reprints in hardback. 

Jean, the protagonist, is “living quite a limited life. She’s a working woman, but it’s a job rather than a career, and she’s a bit of a dogsbody,” Clare says. In between filing women’s interest stories (housekeeping tips, mainly), she’s trapped caring for her belligerent, ageing mother. Every evening she has half an hour to herself to luxuriate in her favourite small pleasure: smoking two cigarettes by herself in the living room. The novel’s real theme, Clare says, is confinement. “It’s about that clash between duty and individual freedom - how much self-denial is an acceptable load for any person to bear?”

Clare will be in conversation with novelist Patrick Gale in St Endellion, Wyl Menmuir in Penzance, Colin Midson in Falmouth and Sophie Pierce in Launceston.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Young Cornish Writers Prizegiving

Young Cornish Writers Prizegiving
The Festival Marquee
Friday 23rd September, 4.00pm-5.00pm
Free

North Cornwall Book Festival prides itself on its deep involvement in enabling Cornish schoolchildren to meet professional writers and be inspired to write for themselves. As ever we’re delighted to host the readings from the best young Cornish poets from this year’s Charles Causley Young People’s Poetry Prizes. Alongside them this year we’ll also present prizewinning young poets from Camelford Primary School and the pick of this year’s Young Walter Scott Prize workshops in historical fiction at their neighbour, Sir James Smiths School. In a neat demonstration of the way writers need to help one another along, the older students in the secondary school judged the poetry competition at the primary.

Do come along to this free event to join the young writers’ proud teachers and families in giving them a taste of how it feels to read your work to a festival audience. It’s free to attend but your booking helps us gauge how many people to expect.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Inua Ellams & Vanessa Kisuule

Inua Ellams & Vanessa Kisuule
The Festival Marquee
Friday 23rd September, 7.30pm
Tickets: £10

In a departure from our usual Friday night music gig, we present something new for us: a thrilling double bill of word-spells from two performance poets at the top of their game. If you’ve never watched performance poetry before, think of it as poetry with added excitement!

Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and his published books of poetry include Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales, The Wire-Headed Heathen, #Afterhours and The Half-God of Rainfall – an epic story in verse. His first play The 14th Tale was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his fourth Barber Shop Chronicles sold out two runs at England’s National Theatre. He recently completed his first full poetry collection The Actual, is currently touring An Evening With An Immigrant and working on several commissions across stage and screen. In graphic art & design, online and in print, he tries to mix the old with the new, juxtaposing texture and pigment with flat colour and vector graphics. He lives and works in London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. You can find out more at www.inuaellams.com. Click here to watch Inua perform Dark Crystals / Soft Crowns.

Vanessa Kisuule is a writer and performer based in Bristol. She has won over ten slam titles including The Roundhouse Slam 2014, Hammer and Tongue National Slam 2014 and the Nuoryican Poetry Slam. She has been featured on BBC iPlayer, Radio 1, and Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Blue Peter, Don't Flop and TEDx in Vienna. She has appeared at an array of literary and music festivals and was Glastonbury Festival's Resident Poet in 2019. She has been invited to perform all over the world from Belgium to Brazil to Bangladesh. Her poem on the historic toppling of Edward Colston's statue Hollow gained over 600,000 views on Twitter in three days. She has two poetry collections published by Burning Eye Books and her work was Highly Commended in the Forward Poetry Prize Anthology 2019. She has written for publications including The Guardian, NME and Lonely Planet and has publication credits in pending anthologies with Canongate, Orion and Penguin Random House. She has worked extensively in theatre with Bristol Old Vic, Kneehigh Theatre and Pentabus and her Arts Council supported show ‘SEXY’ toured nationally in 2017. She was the Bristol City Poet for 2018 - 2020 and was co-tutor for Southbank Centre’s first ever Poetry Collective alongside Will Harris. She is currently working on an essay collection and her debut novel. You can find out more at https://www.vanessakisuule.com. Click here to watch Vanessa perform Hollow or here to see her perform A Toast to the People.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Poetry Workshop with Luke Thompson

The Tongue of the Sea: a poetry workshop with Luke Thompson
Stone Barn
Saturday 24th September, 10.00am-1.00pm
Tickets: £30

If a lionfish could talk, could we understand it? What about an octopus or a platypus? Communicating with other animals has always been an attractive idea and in this workshop you will begin to think about animal voices and how they have been imagined by other poets, along the way building a poem that makes an attempt at breaking through the boundaries between species.

Luke Thompson is a poet and publisher from Cornwall. His books include the poetry collection Singing About Melon (Shearsman, 2020), two poetry sequences the clearing (Atlantic, 2016) and Robot Squirrel (zimZalla, 2017), non-fiction titles Rhinoceros (Broken Sleep, 2020) and Clay Phoenix (Ally, 2016) and a five-book series of titles on the European eel in collaboration with the artist John Kilburn. He is currently working on a book on Cornish literature for Macmillan Classics and a book about conversing with animals. Luke is the founding editor of award-winning poetry publishers Guillemot Press. Click the link to hear Luke reading one of his poems: The Trials & Tribulations of Adam & His Seed - Luke Thompson

North Cornwall Book Festival: Cream of Cornish

Cream of Cornish -  Ellen Hawley, Charlie Carroll, Beth Underdown & Josephine Gardiner (Sponsored by Seasalt)
The Festival Marquee
Saturday 24th September, 10.00am-11.00am
Free

We present four exciting novelists in our free session this year. Ellen Hawley is an established Minnesotan novelist who is now based in Cornwall. Her latest, Other People Manage, is a vivid portrayal of a lesbian bus driver’s inexorable crack-up. Extreme mental states also rule in Charlie Carroll’s debut The Lip, in which a Cornish girl retains only a tenuous hold on reality as a dangerous obsession with her mother’s clifftop suicide takes hold. Beth Underdown follows up her thrilling first novel, The Witchfinder’s Sister with another period mystery, The Key in the Lock set amid Cornwall’s old gunpowder industry. Finally Josephine Gardiner, whose West Cornish literary thriller, Whistling Jack, sounds addictively good.

The event is free but we still need you to book so as to give us an idea of expected numbers.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde
The Festival Marquee
Saturday 24th September, 11.30am-12.30pm
Tickets: £8

Jasper Fforde is the creator of the bestselling series about the peculiarly literary detective, Thursday Next. Brimming with boundless imagination, linguistic dexterity and exuberant humour, Fforde’s fiction plays with traditional genre conventions, joyfully blending elements of comic fantasy, satire and metafiction. His other series include Nursery Crime Division and the young adult fantasy series Chronicles of Kazam. In what promises to be a sell-out session, he talks about writing a modern allegory about talking rabbits, the enduring love of the classics, and how we should not malign fantasy too much - in the old days, it was all we had.

With ample opportunity for Qs and As, Jasper will take you on a whistle stop tour of his oeuvre, and may even tell the balloon joke. Click here to watch Jasper’s lockdown interview about the novel with the St Louis library service.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Onyeka Nubia

Onyeka Nubia
The Festival Marquee
Saturday 24th September, 1.00pm-2.00pm
Tickets: £8

Onyeka Nubia is a British historian, writer and lecturer. Written under the pen name Onyeka, his works explore the history of Black British people, and multiculturalism in the United Kingdom. In England’s Other Countrymen: Black Tudor Society, he uses the traditional research methods of any historian – consulting primary sources – to reveal the lives of black men and women in Shakespeare’s England, lives whose evidence has lain there all along but simply been overlooked. To watch a video of Dr Nubia on the process of decolonising history click here.

North Cornwall Book Festival: Liz Kessler Workshop

Liz Kessler- Fact to Fiction Workshop: Mining Our Family Stories
Stone Barn
Saturday 24th September, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Tickets: £30

Liz Kessler shares the writing process she went through in turning an astonishing moment from her father’s childhood into her bestselling and multi-award nominated book, When The World Was Ours. In this workshop she will get you thinking imaginatively about ways of turning your own family’s facts into fiction using prompts related to real-life experiences combined with creative writing exercises. You will look at events that have taken place in your own families: the good, the bad, the funny, the moments of high drama. From these, you will choose one moment and turn it into a piece of creative fiction by asking: ‘What if…?’ To watch Liz talking about how to tell young people about the Holocaust, click here.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge
St Endellion Church
Saturday 24th September, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Tickets: £8

The country of Raddith is notorious for two things. The first is the Wilds, the unmappable marsh-woods that lie along its coast, infested with dangers and creatures of legend. The second is its cursers. In Raddith, anybody overwhelmed by hatred can call down a terrible curse on their enemy. Fourteen-year-old Kellen is the only person with the power to remove curses. Assisted by his friend Nettle, Kellen makes a living identifying cursers and curing their victims. Unravelling curses is a good way to make powerful enemies, however...

Unraveller is a YA fantasy about curses and cures, trauma and redemption, ancient pacts, supernatural spiders, misty marsh-woods and man-eating horses.

Frances Hardinge is one of those children’s novelists whose work  is often secretly devoured by parents too, such is its combination of thrilling storytelling with literary merit. She’s one of the few children’s authors, along with Philip Pullman, to have won the overall Costa Book of the Year prize as well as its children’s category. She’ll be talking  to Ella Berthoud, (and to parents and children alike) about this brand new novel. To rewatch the short film Frances made for our North Cornwall Book Festival At School series click here.

North Cornwall Book Festival: Lennie Goodings

Lennie Goodings
The Festival Marquee
Saturday 24th September, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Tickets: £8

Legendary editor, Lennie Goodings has had a long and highly respected career in publishing. She is chair of Virago Press and an editor there since the early 80s. A Bite of the Apple is her witty account of the company’s journey from rebel upstart to literary establishment and of her fascinating experiences as an editor working with Sarah Waters, Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Sarah Dunant and other household names. Lennie will be in conversation with Tiffany Murray.

To watch Lennie reading from the book click here.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Esther Freud & Susie Boyt

Esther Freud & Susie Boyt
The Festival Marquee
Saturday 24th September, 4.00pm-5.00pm
Tickets: £8

Esther Freud sprang immediately to prominence when her first novel, Hideous Kinky, saw her chosen as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.  She has absolutely delivered on that early promise and, eight novels on, gives us I Couldn’t Love You More, another novel drawing on her family story,  in this case her mother’s experience as an unwed mother-to-be in ferociously conservative Ireland.  “As close to a perfect novel as anything I’ve read in a long time,” says Ann Patchett.

We’re delighted to welcome her to the stage with her equally talented half-sister, the novelist, cultural journalist and reviewer Susie Boyt, whose sixth novel, Loved and Missed, tells how a mother abducts her addict daughter’s baby in order to save the family. Actor Tamsin Greig wrote, “Always surprising - unexpected, particular - the thing you didn’t know you wanted, but needed more than anything.” 

We’ve never had two sisters on our stage, let alone two great granddaughters of Sigmund Freud; this will be a conversation to remember! Susie and Esther will be in conversation with Patrick Gale. To watch Esther interviewed about I Couldn’t Love You More by the novelist Jane Feaver, click here.

To watch Susie in conversation with Tessa Hadley and Lucy Hughes-Hallett at the Queen’s Park Festival, click here.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Natasha Carthew

Natasha Carthew (Sponsored by Seasalt)
The Festival Marquee
Saturday 24th September, 5.30pm-6.30pm
Tickets: £8

Many of us were galvanised by Natasha’s reading from her fiction at our Cream of Cornish session in 2019 and will be intrigued by her new work which blends poetry, memoir and narrative. Born Between Crosses is an incisive intersection of working class and nature writing. The lived experiences of women cleaners, care assistants, farm workers, factory workers, housewives and housemaids rendered here in Carthew’s vivid writing reveal what it really means to ‘get by’.

‘A beautiful piece of writing, such a testament to the generations of strong women who have inhabited this coast and told in a poetic Cornish accent so evocative of time and place,’ writes Raynor Winn. And the Cornish actor and writer Edward Rowe says, ‘Carthew has a unique ability to blend the Cornwall that lives in us with one that feels fantastical. It makes for beautiful, haunting reading.’ To watch Natasha enthusing about her passion for wild writing, click here.

Natasha will be in conversation with Petroc Trelawny.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Light Pre-Concert Supper

A  two course pre-concert supper for £20 (including your choice of accompanying salads and a glass of wine or non alcoholic drink) is available on Saturday evening from 18:30. 

The North Cornwall Book Festival - Gwenno

Gwenno (supported by the Eden Project)
St Endellion Church
Saturday 24th September, 7:30pm
Tickets: £12.50

Renowned Welsh Cornish musician Gwenno returns to Kernow! Launching her new album Tresor, we can't wait to welcome her to the North Coast.

Tresor (Treasure) is Gwenno Saunders' third full length solo album and the second almost entirely in Cornish. Written in St. Ives, just prior to the Covid lockdowns of 2020 and completed at home in Cardiff during the pandemic along with her co-producer and musical collaborator, Rhys Edwards, Tresor reveals an introspective focus on home and self, a prescient work echoing the isolation and retreat that has been a central, global shared experience over the past two years.

A  two course pre-concert supper for £20 (including your choice of accompanying salads and a glass of wine or non alcoholic drink) is available on Saturday evening from 18:30.  Click here to book.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Bibliotherapy with Ella Berthoud

Bibliotherapy with Ella Berthoud
The Festival Camper Van
Sunday 25th September, 10.00am-5.00pm
Tickets: £10

Ella will be offering one-on-one half-hour consultations in the festival camper van. Tell her about your reading life and challenges and she will prescribe you your best next books! Ella is equally experienced at prescribing for young readers. Sessions at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30 then 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00 and 16:30.

To watch the short film Ella made for our North Cornwall Book Festival At Home series during lockdown, click here. To find out more about Ella’s work as a bibliotherapist, click here

North Cornwall Book Festival - Crime & Thriller Workshop with Greg Mosse

Crime and Thriller Writing Workshop with Greg Mosse
Stone Barn
Sunday 25th September, 10.00am-1.00pm
Tickets: £30

Greg Mosse is a 'writer and encourager of writers'. He has run professional story development sessions for twenty years (page, stage and screen), mirroring the approach of the TV writer's room, with dynamic character-driven narrative in strong narrative shapes. His future-thriller THE COMING DARKNESS will be published in November 2022 and has seen no less than Lee Child liken him to “John Le Carré’s hip grandson“. His workshop will comprise three hours of intensive creative work, helping participants to outline an entire original novel.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Roopa Farooki

Roopa Farooki
The Festival Marquee
Sunday 25th September, 10.00am-11.00am
Tickets: £8

Children‘s novelist Roopa Farooki entered her medical training just in time to be a junior houseman as the full force of Covid-19 hit the NHS‘s hospitals. Roopa’s Everything Is True describes the first forty days of the Covid-19 crisis from the frontlines of A&E and the acute medical wards, as struggling through her grief, she battles for her patients' and colleagues' survival. She’ll be in conversation with Nigerian public health specialist Ike Anya, whose own medical memoir Small and Small will be featured at next year‘s festival. To hear Roopa talk about Everything Is True on Shortcuts click here.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse (Sponsored by Savills)
The Festival Marquee
Sunday 25th September, 11.30am-12.30pm
Tickets £8

Mega successful historical novelist, Kate Mosse startled everyone with the gear-change represented by her A Extra Pair of Hands, a moving, honest memoir of her often enriching experience of caring for both her parents and her parents-in-law as they were claimed by old age and dementia. She‘ll be in conversation with novelist Tiffany Murray, who is currently walking the same long road. This event is sponsored by Savills.

To read a review of the book in the Guardian, click here.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Kit de Waal

Kit de Waal
St Endellion Church
Sunday 25th September, 1.00pm-2.00pm
Tickets: £8

In Without Warning and Only Sometimes, Kit de Waal tells how she grew up in a household of opposites and extremes. Her haphazard mother rarely cooked, forbade Christmas and birthdays, worked as a cleaner, nurse and childminder sometimes all at once and believed the world would end in 1975. Meanwhile, her father stuffed barrels full of goodies for his relatives in the Caribbean, cooked elaborate meals on a whim and splurged money they didn't have on cars, suits and shoes fit for a prince. Both of her parents were waiting for paradise. It never came. Caught between three worlds, Irish, Caribbean and British in 1960s Birmingham, Kit and her brothers and sisters knew all the words to the best songs, caught sticklebacks in jam jars and braved hunger and hellfire until they could all escape. 

The much loved author of  My Name is Leon,  The Trick to Time, Becoming Dinah and Supporting Cast will be in conversation with legendary publisher Lennie Goodings about this extremely funny/painful memoir.

To watch Kit talking about working class writing and her work to champion it, click here.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Philip Lymbery

Philip Lymbery 
The Festival Marquee
Sunday 25th September, 1.00pm-2.00pm
Tickets: £8

The CEO of Compassion in World Farming Philip Lymbery is a recognised steerer of public policy and regarded as one of the food industry’s most influential people. He has taken part in several Chatham House meetings, and his lectures, speeches and appearances take him across the globe to meet with policymakers, companies, experts and members of the public. He‘ll be talking about his third book, Sixty Harvests Left, in which he makes a stark case for our need to adopt more sustainable agricultural methods if we and the world we love are to survive.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Cartoon Workshop with Harry Venning

Release Your Inner Cartoonist with Harry Venning
Stone Barn
Sunday 25th September, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Tickets - £30

Cartoons are great and so are cartoonists. Become part of this elite branch of the arts at one of Harry’s exclusive cartoon workshops. Learn how to transform a flat piece of paper into a riot of laughs, an explosion of adventure, a cacophony of sound and a gobsmack of disbelief. All shot through with the real emotion that comes from drawing eyebrows in just the right position. Discover the many uses of the humble asterisk and how to do a caricature.

Harry Venning is an award winning cartoonist, comedy writer and performer based in Brighton. His cartoons have appeared in many publications as diverse as The Mail, Daily Telegraph, The Radio Times, Music Teacher and The Stage. For twenty five years he has provided The Guardian with the weekly strip cartoon Clare In The Community, based upon the misadventures of an empathy-free social worker. In 2004 he developed Clare In The Community into a successful BBC Radio 4 sitcom starring Sally Philipps, which ran for twelve series. His workshop has already been performed in theatres and Arts Centres throughout the UK, at the Edinburgh, Latitude and Brighton festivals and at events in Dublin, Sicily, Rome, Basel and Budapest.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Mark Vanhoenacker

 Mark Vanhoenacker (Supported by Citroen Wells)
The Festival Marquee
Sunday 25th September, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Tickets: £8

There can‘t be many airline pilots who write like a dream and whose writing is as erudite as it is beautiful but Mark Vanhoenacker is one such. A regular columnist to the FT Weekend and author of Skyfaring and How to Land a Plane, he has now produced Imagine a City, a dreamlike book which at once conjures up memories of his sensitive boyhood in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and evokes and calibrates his favourite cities around the world, cities he knows from a pilot‘s unique vantage point. Mark will be in conversation with Petroc Trelawny.

To read Mark in the FT on how to land in a high wind, click here.

To watch Mark explain why he loves being a pilot, click here.

North Cornwall Book Festival - Jacques & Alina Peretti

Jacques and Alina Peretti
The Festival Marquee
Sunday 25th September, 4.00pm-5.00pm
Tickets: £8

'That nickname . . .'

'"Little bird." It wasn't mine. I found out later he gave it to every little girl that came in to be injected.

"Little Bird" didn't mean anything. It was a trick. There were thousands of "little birds", just like me, all thinking they were the only one.'

As a reporter, Jacques Peretti has spent his life investigating important stories. But there was one story, heard in scattered fragments throughout his childhood, that he never thought to investigate. The story of how his mother survived Auschwitz. In the last few months of the Second World War, thirteen-year-old Alina Peretti, along with her mother and sister, was one of thirteen thousand non-Jewish Poles sent to Auschwitz. Her experiences there cast a shadow over the rest of her life. Now ninety, Alina has been diagnosed with dementia. Together, mother and son begin a race against time to record her memories and preserve her family's story. Along the way, Jacques learns long-hidden secrets about his mother's family. He gains an understanding of his mother through retracing her past, learning more about the woman who would never let him call her 'Mum'. We’re thrilled that Jacques and Alina will be on stage together to talk us through this incredible story: the story of Little Bird of Auschwitz.

Click here to watch Alina and Jacques on BBC Breakfast.

Author Tours: Joanna Kavenna, Duncan Minshull and Irenosen Okojie @ St Endellion

Author Tours: Joanna Kavenna, Duncan Minshull and Irenosen Okojie on Where My Feet Fall  

Thursday 10th November, 7.30pm - St Endellion Hall

£8 | Accompanied under 16s free



In Where My Feet Fall, editor and erstwhile radio story specialist, Duncan Minshull has commissioned a series of essays in which writers explore the part walking plays in their working lives and the rhythm of their days, whether in pursuit of health, inspiration or for research. Sadly we couldn’t bring the full incredible array of talent he has brought together to Cornwall but we have secured both Duncan and two wonderfully contrasting contributors. Recently awarded an MBE for services to literature, Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian-born short story and novel writer working in London. Her stories incorporate magic realism and also make use of her West African heritage. Her first novel, Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask Award in 2016, and her story Grace Jones won the 2020 Caine Prize for African Writing. Joanna Kavenna grew up in Britain, of Welsh heritage, and has also lived in the US, France, Germany, China, Sri Lanka, Scandinavia, Italy and the Baltic states. She is the author of several critically acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Ice Museum, Inglorious, Come to the Edge, A Field Guide to Reality and – most recently - Zed. Her novel Inglorious won the Orange Award for New Writing, and her novel The Birth of Love was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Irenosen and Joanna will be in conversation with Duncan Minshull quite possibly after taking a walk together.
 

Author Tours: Joanna Kavenna, Duncan Minshull and Irenosen Okojie @ Penzance

Author Tours: Joanna Kavenna, Duncan Minshull and Irenosen Okojie on Where My Feet Fall  

Friday 11th November, 7.30pm - The Edge Of The World Bookshop, Penzance

£8



In Where My Feet Fall, editor and erstwhile radio story specialist, Duncan Minshull has commissioned a series of essays in which writers explore the part walking plays in their working lives and the rhythm of their days, whether in pursuit of health, inspiration or for research. Sadly we couldn’t bring the full incredible array of talent he has brought together to Cornwall but we have secured both Duncan and two wonderfully contrasting contributors. Recently awarded an MBE for services to literature, Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian-born short story and novel writer working in London. Her stories incorporate magic realism and also make use of her West African heritage. Her first novel, Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask Award in 2016, and her story Grace Jones won the 2020 Caine Prize for African Writing. Joanna Kavenna grew up in Britain, of Welsh heritage, and has also lived in the US, France, Germany, China, Sri Lanka, Scandinavia, Italy and the Baltic states. She is the author of several critically acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Ice Museum, Inglorious, Come to the Edge, A Field Guide to Reality and – most recently - Zed. Her novel Inglorious won the Orange Award for New Writing, and her novel The Birth of Love was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Irenosen and Joanna will be in conversation with Duncan Minshull quite possibly after taking a walk together.
 

Author Tours: Joanna Kavenna, Duncan Minshull and Irenosen Okojie @ Launceston

Author Tours: Joanna Kavenna, Duncan Minshull and Irenosen Okojie on Where My Feet Fall (in partnership with Charles Causley Trust) 

Sunday 13th November, 7.30pm - The Eagle House Hotel, Launceston

£8 | Accompanied under 16s free



In Where My Feet Fall, editor and erstwhile radio story specialist, Duncan Minshull has commissioned a series of essays in which writers explore the part walking plays in their working lives and the rhythm of their days, whether in pursuit of health, inspiration or for research. Sadly we couldn’t bring the full incredible array of talent he has brought together to Cornwall but we have secured both Duncan and two wonderfully contrasting contributors. Recently awarded an MBE for services to literature, Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian-born short story and novel writer working in London. Her stories incorporate magic realism and also make use of her West African heritage. Her first novel, Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask Award in 2016, and her story Grace Jones won the 2020 Caine Prize for African Writing. Joanna Kavenna grew up in Britain, of Welsh heritage, and has also lived in the US, France, Germany, China, Sri Lanka, Scandinavia, Italy and the Baltic states. She is the author of several critically acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Ice Museum, Inglorious, Come to the Edge, A Field Guide to Reality and – most recently - Zed. Her novel Inglorious won the Orange Award for New Writing, and her novel The Birth of Love was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Irenosen and Joanna will be in conversation with Duncan Minshull quite possibly after taking a walk together.