Our patron – Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale, west Cornwall resident and critically acclaimed author, kindly agreed to become the Patron of the Penzance Literary Festival in its third year.

From its beginnings in 2010, when his Notes from an Exhibition was the festival’s ‘Big Read’, Patrick has been an enthusiastic supporter of the festival, and becoming its Patron was a natural and welcome development.

Patrick’s most recent book A Place Called Winter was released in 2015 to critical acclaim.


Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight in 1962. He spent his infancy at Wandsworth Prison, which his father governed, then grew up in Winchester. He now lives on a farm near Land’s End. He’s a passionate gardener, cook, and cellist. His fourteen novels include A Perfectly Good Man and Notes From an Exhibition – both of which were Richard and Judy Bookclub selections, The Whole Day Through and Rough Music.

You can find out more on his website www.galewarning.org

Patrick Gale, patron of Penzance Literary Festival