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5 days ago

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Are you missing the Litfest? Withdrawal symptoms? Why not come along to The Longboat Hotel, Market Jew Street, Penzance to hear Sue Kittow ... All welcome

Walking in the Footsteps of Poldark with Sue KittowJul 19, 2:15pmThe Longboat HotelSue Kittow reveals her own footsteps: how she came to write walks books and found her publisher, and the writing process. Sue's talk will be illustrated with slides (we hope to set up the cinema) and Sue will welcome questions.

But please note that this talk is not subtitled "stalking Aidan Turner"... 🙂

£3.00
www.teresabenison.com/programme
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Walking in the Footsteps of Poldark with Sue Kittow

7 days ago

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I'm sure some of you will remember Sara from her appearance at the Litfest a couple of years ago how about taking a look at this 🙂If you are off on your summer hols and fancy a book about friendship and jealousy and love and loss, all set in Cornwall, Come Away With Me is on kindle for all July and August for 99p ... See MoreSee Less

Im sure some of you will remember Sara from her appearance at the Litfest a couple of years ago how about taking a look at this :-)

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I have read it and it is a good read. My copy now resides in France, having lived in a library in an Ashram in Bali and now currently on loan to a friend in France, who will eventually return it to the library! Hope you approve Sara xx

1 week ago

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A kind and generous review from Nicholas Pegg after last Saturday's "Bowie at the Bar", part of Penzance Litfest. 'Twas a lovely evening..

‘I’ve seen nothing else quite like The Bowie Lounge. Multimedia excursions into dance, movement, canvas and paint are anchored by clever, surprising, dramatic interpretations of those wonderful songs, infused with a deep love and understanding of Bowie’s own artistic method. Poignant and enchanting - and, just as importantly, huge fun.’

- Nicholas Pegg, author of The Complete David Bowie
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2 weeks ago

Penzance Litfest

"My own news is very big and simple. I was married three days ago; to Caitlin Macnamara; in Penzance registry office; with no money, no prospect of money, no attendant friends or relatives, and in complete happiness". Dylan Thomas writes to his friend Vernon Watkins.

Today we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the marriage of Dylan and Caitlin.

The former registry office building, Phoenix House, is now flats.

Photo by Andrew Dally
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I too was married at the same registry office and photos taken on the very doorstep ....sadly my partner has deceased ....but it was a memorable day ...thanks for sharing the picture

Thanks so much to all the fabulous organisers of the Penzance Litfest each of whom dedicates hours and hours of their time for free and the result is authors coming from far and wide to talk about their writing and inform, entertain and inspire. My guess is that Cynan Jones had the longest journey - 11 hours from Wales each way. And I'm so glad he made the journey as his talk was one of my personal highlights. What were yours?

We now have loads of signed books in stock so if there was a session you missed or you just want to have another look at something - pop in and have browse.
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And we couldn't do what we do without the support of our booksellers. It's been brilliant all round.

2 weeks ago

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Visitors to the Litfest got to hear about this at our Bowie in the Bar session. The multi-talented Nicholas Pegg (The Complete David Bowie) scripted and is one of the producers of this amazing album. Well worth a listen.DAVID WARNER is Kelver Leash

Playing the role of Kelver Leash, the central character on DECADES, is DAVID WARNER. David’s long and distinguished career on stage and screen has encompassed many of the great Shakespearean leads – his 1965 Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Company was hailed as the finest of its generation, and over the years his other roles for the RSC have included Richard II, Henry VI and Falstaff. In fact, David Warner is one of the few actors to have played the three great roles of Hamlet, Falstaff and King Lear, the latter to great acclaim at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2005. His many cinema credits include Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, Sidney Lumet’s The Seagull, Tony Richardson’s Tom Jones, and James Cameron’s Titanic. David has also graced a string of much-loved films in the fantasy genre, including Time Bandits, Tron, The Company of Wolves, Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, and two Star Trek movies. Teaming up with Gregory Peck in The Omen, David starred in one of horror cinema’s most memorable death scenes. He recently completed shooting for Disney’s long-awaited sequel to Mary Poppins, in which he plays Admiral Boom.

DECADES isn’t the first time that David Warner has worked with rock and pop musicians – “but they were being ‘actors’ every time, rather than being in their natural environment,” he observes. Over the years, David has co-starred with the likes of Frank Zappa, Roger Daltrey, Debbie Harry, Jon Bon Jovi, Cilla Black, and even the young Bob Dylan in a 1963 BBC play called Madhouse on Castle Street, now sadly lost to posterity. “And don’t forget Vanilla Ice,” he adds with a smile: David had the honour of sharing the screen with Mr Ice in no less a picture than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II – The Secret of the Ooze. “That was pretty much the highlight of my career,” remarks David with a straight face.

Since recording his scenes for DECADES, David has rejoined us on location and in the studio to shoot the videos for three singles, including our current release ‘We All Fall Down’, filmed on location on Dartmoor. “It’s a joy to be part of David and Nick’s DECADES album,” says David. “I’m seen but not heard in the videos, and heard but not seen on the album itself. How fortunate that I was not required to sing…”

Kelver Leash is the character whose memories hold our album together. We’re honoured to have David Warner heading the cast of DECADES.
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Visitors to the Litfest got to hear about this at our Bowie in the Bar session. The multi-talented Nicholas Pegg (The Complete David Bowie) scripted and is one of the producers of this amazing album. Well worth a listen.

2 weeks ago

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Newlyn Filmhouse plays host to Jane Darke's fourth film, THE POET CHARLES CAUSLEY as part of the Penzance Literary Festival. Darke's film celebrates the life and work of this important and much loved poet. Featuring interviews with his admirers and contemporaries including, Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and Andrew Motion. TONIGHT, 8.20PM. BOOK NOW ... See MoreSee Less

Press coverage

We’ve had some lovely coverage in the press for our events. Here are a couple of stories from 2017.

Cornwall Live, July 2nd, 2017

Here’s why the literary world owes much to Cornwall for inspiring the genius of the Brontë sisters

Falmouth Packet, June 9th, 2017

Falmouth writers at Penzance Litfest