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2 weeks ago

Penzance Litfest

Hilarious and surreal, McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough's characteristic wit and wordplay too. His latest book It Never Rains is a collection of new verses with drawings by the author. President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.

His autobiography Said and Done explores overnight fame with Lily The Pink, The Scaffold and Yellow Submarine, which he helped write for the Beatles.

His top-selling The Mersey Sound: Penguin Modern Poets 10 with Liverpool poets Brian Patten and Adrian Henri - now in Penguin Modern Classics - hits with The Scaffold and college touring with GRIMMS (Mike Gorman, Andy Roberts, Neil Innes, Mike McCartney and occasionally Adrian Henri, Zoot Money & Brian Patten) were followed by internationally acclaimed collections of poems & stories, regular broadcasts and edited anthologies.

He now presents the long-running Poetry Please.

‘The patron saint of poetry’ Carol Ann Duffy

'Rueful, unpredictable observation to please the sharpest wits' The Independent

‘A poemy torch in dark corners' Ian McMillan Poetry Review

'Profound surprises and lasting images on almost every line' Siân Hughes T.E.S.

'A witty and ingenious chronicler of British life, who manages a range of perennial themes with a deftness and agility that is hard to beat' The Poetry Society

‘He is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him’ The Times

'Liverpool's own Poet Laureate' Daily Post

Website: www.uktouring.org.uk

Twitter: @McgoughRoger

N.B. This event starts at 19.30

Tickets: £20

Roger McGough - As Far As I KnowMay 12, 7:30pmThe AcornHilarious and surreal, McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough's characteristic wit and wordplay too. His latest book It Never Rains is a collection of new verses with drawings by the author. President of the Poetry Society, he has been honoured with a CBE for services to literature and the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.

His autobiography Said and Done explores overnight fame with Lily The Pink, The Scaffold and Yellow Submarine, which he helped write for the Beatles.

His top-selling The Mersey Sound: Penguin Modern Poets 10 with Liverpool poets Brian Patten and Adrian Henri - now in Penguin Modern Classics - hits with The Scaffold and college touring with GRIMMS (Mike Gorman, Andy Roberts, Neil Innes, Mike McCartney and occasionally Adrian Henri, Zoot Money & Brian Patten) were followed by internationally acclaimed collections of poems & stories, regular broadcasts and edited anthologies.

He now presents the long-running Poetry Please.

‘The patron saint of poetry’ Carol Ann Duffy

'Rueful, unpredictable observation to please the sharpest wits' The Independent

‘A poemy torch in dark corners' Ian McMillan Poetry Review

'Profound surprises and lasting images on almost every line' Siân Hughes T.E.S.

'A witty and ingenious chronicler of British life, who manages a range of perennial themes with a deftness and agility that is hard to beat' The Poetry Society

‘He is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him’ The Times

'Liverpool's own Poet Laureate' Daily Post

Website: www.uktouring.org.uk

Twitter: @McgoughRoger

N.B. This event starts at 19.30

Tickets: £20
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Roger McGough - As Far As I Know

3 weeks 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

1 month 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!

3 months ago

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A great even with Charlotte Hobson at Litfest 17Look what arrived today! Every quarter, a selection of historical fiction for all tastes, plus
more online on the HNS website. You can join here (hint): historicalnovelsociety.org/members/join/
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A great even with Charlotte Hobson at Litfest 17

4 months ago

Penzance Litfest

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.

4 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!

5 months ago

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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

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