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Apr
03

LitFest in Lockdown: We talk to Patrick Gale

In the first of a series of interviews with local literary figures, Rachel Viney talks to our Patron, the novelist Patrick Gale, about life in lockdown, how he’s staying sane, new writing discoveries and much more besides … Which aspect of lockdown are you most enjoying?The excuse to sit at my desk for hours on […]

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Mar
10

The Courtyard House

Over the past 100 years we have seen various architectural styles come and go, from modernism to post-modernism to brutalism, but some 2,000 years ago, here in the far west, a new breakaway style was in vogue: the courtyard house. Courtyard houses are a unique type of dwelling found only in the far west of […]

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Oct
06

Borrowed from the Morrab

Every month, we plan to bring you a round-up, so that those who aren’t on Facebook can enjoy them too. We always enjoy working with libraries, and the Morrab Library – in Morrab Gardens – has been a regular venue for our LitFest workshops over the past few years. As some of you will have […]

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May
13

Cornish National Anthem

In the recent film ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ there is a scene where the group were asked to sing the National Anthem live on a morning TV programme. However, the anthem they sung was not the one what was expected but the Cornish anthem Trelawny. And shall Trelawny live? Or shall Trelawny die? Here’s twenty thousand Cornishmen will […]

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Mar
01

Borders I’ve known

With cold beer in my hand, I watched the sun setting over southern Angola just across the Kavango River flowing at the bottom of the Guest House garden. Behind me lights were coming on, the town market buzzing with activity, optimism returning now SWAPO had freed Namibia of South African rule. But across that border […]

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Wordsmiths of West Cornwall

We all have our favourite local authors –  Patrick Gale perhaps, or Liz Fenwick, or another of the host of other contemporary writers  who know and represent West Cornwall. New voices are coming in all the time – during the 2018 Festival we were delighted to introduce (amongst others) Raynor Winn, Noel O’Reilly, and Ken […]

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Jul
03

The Making of Historical Fiction

David Taylor, author of ‘The Man Who Lived Twice’, looks at the difference between historical romance and historical realism, and how his book fits between them.   Is your story true? Historical novelists are often asked this question. Sadly, there is no clear-cut answer. Truth is a relative term not an absolute. The belief that […]

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Jun
20

Do Guidebook Writers Go to Hell (and Back)?

Lonely Planet author Des Hannigan paints an honest picture of the difference between travel writing and guidebook writing. Everyone wants to be a travel writer. And so do you… But ask me if I am a travel writer and I will happily demote to being a guidebook writer. Spot the difference… Travel writers write travel […]

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