Litfest Blog

Although the main Litfest takes place over a few busy days in early July, the Litfest team work hard all year to research and plan for the next year’s event.

In the Litfest Blog, we will share our experiences of running a Litfest as well as our thoughts on books and writing new and old. Watch out for guest authors as well as team members.

Venturing Off the Map and Into the Woods…

03 Jul 2017 by Litfest
  As part of Penzance Litfest’s Uncharted Waters events, pupils from Trythall school ventured off the map and into the wilds of Trevaylor woods to explore nature, poems and stories. There they encountered characters from folktales, learnt how to use their senses to navigate their way in their uncharted surroundings, and met some unusual characters […]

What you know and what you know now…

02 Jul 2017 by Litfest
  ‘Write what you know.’ This piece of advice a piece of advice is usually one of the first given to new writers. It can cover many things from characters to plot to setting. I won’t disagree with it either as I have used my area of Cornwall as the location for all my books. […]

Poetry, Tea and Creativity

30 Jun 2017 by Litfest
In ancient Greek, the word poet means  ‘one who creates‘ and I have always taken a creative approach to poetry – trying to present it in original ways that will delight and inspire others. Some of these ways have included The Poetree, I’ll Eat My Words range of edible poetry, Word M’art featuring poems in […]

All You Need is Pen, Paper and a Smile, from Jenny Kane

24 Jun 2017 by Litfest
Everyone has a story to tell, and everyone has their own way in which to tell it. Life writing concentrates on using your own experiences and turning them into works of fiction. In 2013 I wrote my first contemporary fiction novel, Another Cup of Coffee. The idea for this book came from a conversation I […]

The Book Is Dead – Long Live The Book!

03 Apr 2017 by Litfest
Were you there when they tried to bury the book? Even before there was any news of its demise? The crocodiles were there; the kindled flames of digitalis were licking round a coffin made out of old book covers. The trend checkers were there singing from their iPads about ‘birth cohorts’ and ‘generational trends’. And, […]

Wild Words from Bridget Holding

24 Feb 2017 by Litfest
I like to help writers find the wild, in themselves, their words, and also in the Penzance Literary Festival. In 2014 I ran a workshop in the stunning Morrab Gardens about how to track down your ‘Wild Words’. In 2015 I re-entered that tropical paradise, and it was all about ‘How To Eat an Elephant’ […]

Working with Strangers – Penzance Litfest 2016

29 Jan 2017 by Litfest
Our latest guest blog is from Sue Kittow who took part in The Land and Seascape of Cornwall in 2016. Sue writes… I regularly give talks on how I came to write walks books, and of course publicise my books, and doing it solo is one thing, but getting together with two strangers was another matter. […]

This Christmas, support your local bookshop

13 Dec 2016 by Litfest
Our first guest post on this blog is from Rachael Howorth who, together with her husband, James, owns The Edge of the World Bookshop in Penzance. If, like me, you’re still deciding which books to buy for friends and family for Christmas – or you’re thinking about indulging in a new book or two for yourself (!) […]

Brian Bilston: wonderfully daft poetry

17 Nov 2016 by Spencer Smart
I recently discovered the work of Brian Bilston, also known as the ‘Banksy of poetry’ or the ‘Brian Bilston of Twitter’, through an article on the BBC News website. Clever, amusing and sometimes thought-provoking, his poems are now gathered together in an anthology: You Took The Last Bus Home, available from Edge of the World bookshop.   DONALD TRUMPTON Skew, […]