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1 week ago

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As if there weren't already enough reasons to love libraries, here's another one.These are the most borrowed e-books and audio books from the Cornwall Libraries web page. These can be downloaded from anywhere in the world, once you have signed up, using nothing but your library card. Great for holidays, train journeys, or when a big heavy hardback is too much to manage. ... See MoreSee Less

As if there werent already enough reasons to love libraries, heres another one.

3 weeks ago

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If you happen to be in Penzance next week do pop into our Pop Up Shop on Market Jew Street and say hello. Lots of wonderful second hand books, photo archive prints for sale and to order, and an exhibition of Photographic Archive Competition entries. Hope to see you! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

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We were so pleased to join in with the Penzance Litfest again this year. We're asking our visitors to continue joining in by creating poetry in the galleries. Here are a few of the lovely contributions so far. #penzancelitfest ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

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2 months ago

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Susan Soyinka will be giving a one-off talk about her book Albert Reuss in Mousehole - the compelling account of the life and work of Albert Reuss (1889-1975), a Jewish painter and sculptor who developed a uniquely individual style. Born in Vienna, he emigrated from Austria to England in 1938 following Hitler’s annexation of Austria. In the process, Reuss lost many members of his family, as well as all his possessions, and the reputation he had built up as an artist in Vienna prior to his departure. He continued to work as an artist in England, but his style changed dramatically, reflecting the trauma he had suffered.

He held numerous exhibitions in municipal galleries throughout England and in 1948, moved with his wife Rosa to Mousehole, Cornwall, where they established the ARRA Gallery. From 1953 he held regular one-man shows at the renowned O’Hana Gallery in London. Several provincial galleries hold his work, most notably Newlyn Art Gallery in Cornwall, as do the British Museum, the Belvedere Gallery in Vienna, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel.

In researching the life of this intriguing man, Susan Soyinka interviewed many people who knew him, and also retrieved from Vienna a huge archive on Reuss, including much of his lifetime’s correspondence. A most fascinating story emerged, full of human drama and tragedy, as well as the story of an artist's struggle to develop his art and to survive, all set against the background of world historic events.
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3 months ago

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Can we just turn up on the day?

3 months ago

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A talk by the RNLI was one of our events this year.We are very proud to announce that the Penlee Lifeboat History Book ‘Service Not Self’ written by Rachael Campey won the Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Award 2018 in the Marine, Industrial Heritage and Environment category at last nights ceremony.

There was some tough opposition in this category with a number of outstanding books and authors, but the Penlee book, beautifully crafted by Rachael, shone through.

Rachael is an award-winning journalist and editor based near York. She has edited three regional newspapers and was deputy news editor on The Times. She is now a freelance writer. Rachael comes from a seafaring family, her grandfather was a master mariner who ran away to sea at 14 from Padstow. She loves Cornwall and maintains a close bond with Mousehole and RNLI Penlee.

‘Service Not Self’ took three years to research and write, a true labour of love. The book is a wonderful tribute to our current crews and to all those who have bravely gone before.

Thank you for all your hard work, dedication, and attention to detail Rachael, and for giving us such an amazing station history book. 😊
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A talk by the RNLI was one of our events this year.

 

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Congratulations. We'll deserved

3 months ago

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Join us for a friendly get together next Thursday at 7.30 pm in the shop as we talk to the author Amy Lilwall about her new novel The Biggerers.

It's getting great reviews 'The Biggerers rocks and enthralls with its striking originality.' Book Riot Best of 2018

Free event
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3 months ago

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Last event of this year's Fringe Festival was held at the Redwing Gallery and presented by the Writers Cafe. It brought together lots of local singers, songwriters, poets and story tellers including Bridgette Cassese, Gray Lightfoot, David Rowland, Abigail Rowland, Karl Svarc, Lynn Florkiewicz, Victoria Osborne-Broad, Kate Mole and Laura Hodgson. ... 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