2017 Penzance Literary Festival

July 5-8

Header image, Geevor Mine, Richard Penn from Flickr

Submissions now open!


Known for its friendly atmosphere and strong sense of community, the Penzance Litfest celebrates words in all their many forms, and welcomes contributions that will inspire, entertain and inform our enthusiastic audiences.

As our world changes at breakneck speed, we’ve chosen Uncharted Waters as our 2017 theme. Maybe you have a philosophical or political offering, a memoir or a novel about venturing into the unknown, or you’ve written about the sea or rivers …  We love creativity, and we look forward to seeing how you interpret our theme for this year.

All the information on what we’re looking for and how to make a submission can be found here.

Our closing date is February 22nd, so get those ideas flowing now!

What was on?

We had a packed programme for the 2016 Penzance Literary Festival.

Headliners included Rachel Joyce, Patrick Barkham, Gavin Knight, Colin Taylor (Scilly Sergeant), Sarah Turner (The Unmumsy Mum) and many, many more…

Photos from many of the events are now on the individual event pages.

The Litfest Blog


We’ve now launched a blog on the Litfest website, to share some of our literary finds as well as updates on the Litfest itself. What really goes on behind the scenes? Does what happen in the Acorn stay in the Acorn? Find out in our new blog, with updates at least every two weeks.


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