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Aug
28

Lockdown unlocked my writing mind

In this guest blog, Robert Spencer describes how lockdown helped him get those words – lots of them – onto the page Pandemic, people dying, a microscopic virus lingers in every breath. I didn’t need a Lockdown Order to keep me off the streets, out of non-essential shops – even, gulp, out of the pub! […]

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Mar
12

Recent news from two of our favourite local writers

If you’re not on Facebook, you may have missed these recent posts: First off, a great blog that takes an often literary look at the Morrab Gardens from a local author who promises the whole alphabet And another great local author – Liz Hurley Muddy Meets Liz Hurley, Author | Muddy Stilettos Cornwall If you’re […]

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Feb
14

My lockdown reading list

LitFest team member Robin Knight dips into his reading pile to review some newcomers, dust off an old favourite and get to grips with a couple of classics. One of 2020’s LitFest contributors was to have been Stephanie Bretherton, talking about her debut novel, Bone Lines. Stephanie, who has spent many years writing – for […]

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Jan
18

A damning insight into modern day prison life

Book review : “A Bit of a Stretch : The Diaries of a Prisoner” by Chris Atkins The author Chris Atkins was sentenced to five years imprisonment after being found guilty of fraud. He was a successful film producer and his mistake was to agree to become involved with a film financing scheme which was […]

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Aug
25

Book Review: Dark, Salt, Clear by Lamorna Ash

Lamorna Ash’s book, Dark, Salt, Clear*: Life in a Cornish Fishing Town (published by Bloomsbury), which is part-memoir/part-love song to the fishing community of Newlyn, would have been real crowd pleaser at the 2020 Penzance LitFest were it not for COVID-19. We very much hope that we’ll be able to lure Lamorna back to Cornwall to take […]

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Jul
28

Move over, Mantel

Lin Rogers explains why, sometimes, you just can’t beat a really gripping thriller. I had The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel on order for its paperback release in September. I’d devoured the first two books in the trilogy (Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies); went to the theatre to see the stage productions and then sat through the TV series. Very different, enjoyable but obviously […]

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Jul
28

Book Review: Jim Neat by Mary J. Oliver

Reviewed by Linda Camidge and John Pestle Linda Camidge writes: From the insistent and unsettling gaze on the front cover, to the ending that leaves you wanting more, this fascinating and compelling book is one of those reading experiences that lodges inside your head, and simply refuses to move over. Mary J Oliver has explored […]

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Jul
06

Book Review: The Lost Properties of Love by Sophie Ratcliffe

Review by Paul Hunter Sophie Ratcliffe is a fortysomething Oxford professor of English, who is also a writer and critic. This book is an engaging read and relatively short, although in keeping with the author’s background ends with 40 pages of quotations, further reading and acknowledgements. Loosely it’s a memoir of some parts of Ratcliffe’s […]

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