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5 days ago

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7 days ago

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Most of our authors are now on the website - pzlitfest.co.uk - sign up for our newsletter, and be the first to learn more!

7 days ago

Penzance Litfest

Pz Litfest 2018 gets a mention on the local radio station, Coast FM.Message from Abigail Rowland:
Many thanks to John Pestle for having me as a guest on his programme this afternoon to talk about the imminent launch in London on 15th April of 'Poems for Grenfell Towers'. I was delighted to have this opportunity to read my own poem from the anthology 'Post Mortem'. John and I also talked about the forthcoming Sunday Speakeasy event for which the theme is simply 'May'. Friends are invited to come along to the Turk's Head on 6th May and make their own contribution of up to 5/6 minutes. Lastly, we gave a 'heads up' an event to showcase the work of the local Stanza poetry group at an event taking place during the Penzance Litfest on Thursday, 5th July. This event will be headlined by Penzance's very own Katrina Naomi. All good things - and it was, as usual, a pleasure to be at CoastFM.
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Pz Litfest 2018 gets a mention on the local radio station, Coast FM.

1 month ago

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Calling all aspiring young writers, and maybe the mums, dads and possibly grandparents of young writers from age 16 to 21.
You only have 2 weeks to enter the writing competition being run by the Morrab Library as part of its 200 year celebrations.
The theme is to write about contemporary life in Cornwall
There will be 3 winners selected with prizes of £100, £75 and £50 up for grabs plus free membership of the delightful independent Morrab Library in Penzance. On top of that, there will also be an opportunity for the winners to come along to the Penzance Litfest from 4-7 July to talk about their winning entries and do a reading too.
It is a wonderful opportunity here on your doorstep to submit a short piece, maximum 750 words, which can be fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose.
Please follow the link below for more details, put your creative hat on and and start typing. The entries need to be emailed in by 31st March.

morrablibrary.org.uk/200-year/morrab-library-writing-competition-young-people/
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Calling all aspiring young writers, and maybe the mums, dads and possibly grandparents of young writers from age 16 to 21.
You only have 2 weeks to enter the writing competition being run by the Morrab Library as part of its 200 year celebrations.
The theme is to write about contemporary life in Cornwall 
There will be 3 winners selected  with prizes of £100, £75 and £50 up for grabs plus free membership of the delightful independent Morrab Library in Penzance. On top of that, there will also be an opportunity for the winners to come along to the Penzance Litfest from 4-7 July to talk about their winning entries and do a reading too.
It is a wonderful opportunity here on your doorstep to submit a short piece, maximum 750 words, which can be  fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose.
Please follow the link below for more details, put your creative hat on and and start typing. The entries need to be emailed in by 31st March.

http://morrablibrary.org.uk/200-year/morrab-library-writing-competition-young-people/

2 months ago

Penzance Litfest

We are delighted to announce that we will be moving premises in March. We are going to be just two doors away and will have even more room for fabulous books and brilliant events. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Lovely news. Very best wishes to my favourite shop

3 months ago

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If you love art and gorgeously-produced books, this is not to be missed!An invitation to join author Michael Bird at Morrab Library on Saturday 3rd February, from 10.30am, to talk about his new book 'Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories'.
This is a free event and families, children & adults are all welcome - please do spread the word!
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If you love art and gorgeously-produced books, this is not to be missed!

5 months ago

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Here's a real treat for book lovers: our very own Des Hannigan and journalist Simon Parker in conversation about writing, publishing and West Penwith. ... See MoreSee Less

Heres a real treat for book lovers: our very own Des Hannigan and journalist Simon Parker in conversation about writing, publishing and West Penwith.

 

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The Almost Island really is a lovely book. Go on... touch the book... Kindle? Faugh!

Great book. Wish I could be there. The Boswell & Johnson of God’s own.

6 months 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!

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