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6 hours ago

Penzance Litfest

The best contemporary novels for free. And interesting people to discuss them with. We love local libraries!George Saunders "Lincoln in the Bardo" has just won the 2017 Booker Prize. We have all the shortlisted books at Cornwall Libraries. You can reserve all of them, including the winner, for free online.
When you return them let us know what you think. We are always interested.
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The best contemporary novels for free. And interesting people to discuss them with. We love local libraries!

2 weeks ago

Penzance Litfest

Pit your wits against west Cornwall’s finest minds at the 2017 Great Big Litfest Quiz – a fantastic night of fun, with teams challenging for the honour of becoming Penzance Litfest Champions 2017.

The quiz is open to teams of four people, but you don’t have to be a bookworm to take part. Spencer Smart will be asking lots of extremely easy and devilishly difficult questions about books and general knowledge, with prizes for the winners and runners up, plus fun spot prizes throughout.

If you don’t have a team, just turn up on the night and find-a-friend: we will match you with some like-minded people.

Refreshments available from the Acorn bar.

Win or lose, you’re guaranteed to have a great quiz night!

Tickets priced at £4 per person now available shortly from Cornish Riviera Box Office’ website and on the door at the Acorn.

The Big QuizOct 27, 7:30pmThe AcornPit your wits against west Cornwall’s finest minds at the 2017 Great Big Litfest Quiz – a fantastic night of fun, with teams challenging for the honour of becoming Penzance Litfest Champions 2017.

The quiz is open to teams of four people, but you don’t have to be a bookworm to take part. Spencer Smart will be asking lots of extremely easy and devilishly difficult questions about books and general knowledge, with prizes for the winners and runners up, plus fun spot prizes throughout.

If you don’t have a team, just turn up on the night and find-a-friend: we will match you with some like-minded people.

Refreshments available from the Acorn bar.

Win or lose, you’re guaranteed to have a great quiz night!

Tickets priced at £4 per person now available shortly from Cornish Riviera Box Office’ website and on the door at the Acorn.
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The Big Quiz

It's tonight, everyone!

Crime NightSep 21, 7:30pmSt John's HallAN EVENING OF CRIME (FICTION)

Queen of Crime Fiction ANN CLEEVES in conversation with fellow crime writers Claire Donoghue and Chris Ewan

Join ANN CLEEVES the Sunday Times bestselling author of ITV's Vera starring Brenda Blethyn and BBC One's Shetland as she discusses the fact and fiction of crime writing with bestselling writers Chris Ewan and Claire Donoghue
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Crime Night

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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