Authors at a glance

In 2018, we attracted a fabulous array of authors and speakers to the Penzance Literary Festival. Click on ‘read more’ for a profile.

  • Adrian Rodda

    Adrian Rodda interprets Cornish history and folklore through his verse. He has performed at festivals and open mic sessions and leads guided walks in Penwith to present his verses in their original inspirational landscapes.
    Read more
  • Amanda Jennings

    Amanda Jennings writes psychological suspense and is the author of Sworn Secret, which was published in the UK, US and Italy. It was an Amazon kindle Top 5 bestseller in the UK, a Top 100 bestseller in the US, and reached the number 1 spot in Italy. Her second book, The Judas Scar, was published […]
    Read more
  • Andrew Lanyon

    Born 1947. Aged 11, Andrew won a camera in a comic competition but failed 11-plus. Worked for Stanley Kubrick and as assistant editor of Ambit Poetry Magazine. Winner of film, painting and book awards. Inventor of a character who discovers art is a visually transmitted virus and who isolates integrity, marketing it as a paste. ‘Lanyon […]
    Read more
  • Andrew Miller

    Andrew Miller was born in Bristol in 1960. He has lived in Spain, Japan, Ireland and France, and currently lives in Somerset. He is the author of six novels; his fiction has been translated into over 30 languages. His new novel is The Crossing. Set in the present day, he sees a blossoming relationship between […]
    Read more
  • Anna McClary

    For the past seven years, Anna has been the one and only bilingual tour guide specialising in Penzance and Mousehole, travelling with cruise ship visitors on coaches through Penwith and hoping to entice them to return for a longer holiday. This year, she presented her virtual coach tour through Cornwall to a German Landfrauen (WI) […]
    Read more
  • Anne Taylor

    Anne Taylor is a writer, journalist, teacher and workshop facilitator. She co-tutors the online Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing course for the Professional Writing Academy ( and has a healthy interest in all things to do with medicine and literature – oh, and she loves throwing herself in the sea.
    Read more
  • Bookshop Band

    The Bookshop Band
    Now in its sixth year, and with an ever-growing reputation, the Bookshop Band makes a welcome return to the Litfest with a new programme of songs inspired by books – some of them by authors appearing at this year’s event. Fans of the Band’s unique sound won’t want to miss this. And if you’re new […]
    Read more
  • Bridget Holding

    Bridget Holding founded ‘Wild Words’ and ‘The Society of Writers-In-The-Wild’ in 2011. She is a writer and UKCP registered psychotherapist. She has been a tutor of creative writing for the Lifelong Learning Department of The University of Exeter
    Read more
  • Colin Stringer

    Colin Stringer was born in St. Ives but has come a long way since; all the way to Heamoor, via Huddersfield. After three successful shows at Gulval Mead, he moved up North to become a rock star in the all-Cornish, Anne Gwirder. Eighteen months and two unsuccessful shows later he moved back to Penzance and […]
    Read more
  • Colin Taylor

    Sergeant Colin Taylor has been in the police force for over 20 years. The last six years he has spent policing the Isles of Scilly where he lives with his family. He also runs the Isle of Scilly Police Facebook page where he regularly posts the dramatic events as they unfold on the Island. His comedic […]
    Read more
  • Des Hannigan

    Des Hannigan is a travel writer and journalist. He came to Cornwall from Scotland in the 1960s and worked as a resident singer at the famous Count House Folk Club at Botallack. He then worked as a fisherman for fifteen years and later worked as a news reporter for Cornish newspapers and the Press Association. […]
    Read more
  • Duncan Yeates

    Duncan Yeates is a poet and academic. His work can be found in Wave Hub: New Poetry from Cornwall and his own limited edition poetry pamphlet series entitled  Lallocropia. Duncan is currently completing a PhD focusing on the work of the Camborne miner poet, John Harris.
    Read more
  • Gavin Knight

    Gavin Knight’s first book, Hood Rat, about gun and gang crime in the UK’s cities, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the Crime Writer’s Association Non-fiction Dagger in 2012. To research it, he spent two years with criminals, frontline police units and gang members from the inner cities of Britain. His work has appeared […]
    Read more
  • Gill McNeill

    Gill  has been teaching and directing Drama and Theatre in London and more recently Penzance for many years. After two Edinburgh Shows and major Community Theatre productions up country, she now leads the regular Acorn Accolades Adult Drama workshops on Tuesday mornings.
    Read more
  • Gray Lightfoot

    Gray Lightfoot… dreamer, poet, bus driver Gray is a performance poet who lives in Penzance. His job as a bus driver allows him to play with words in his head as he drives past bus stops full of angry, waving passengers. As the first Lightfoot of his bloodline to be born out of Cornwall for well […]
    Read more
  • Grevel Lindop

    Grevel Lindop
    Grevel Lindop lives in Manchester, where he was formerly Professor of English at the University. His books include Travels on the Dance Floor (a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and shortlisted for Authors’ Club Dolman Best Travel Book 2009); A Literary Guide to the Lake District (a Lakeland Book of the Year); and […]
    Read more
  • Jak Stringer

    Jak has lived in West Cornwall for 37 years. “If you cut her open,” she says, “I would have Penzance printed inside me, like a stick of rock.” For ten years Jak worked as a local music promoter, bringing to Cornwall national and international new music artists. The NME described her as part of the […]
    Read more
  • Jane Moss

    Jane Moss is an author and writing tutor who grew up in Cornwall and returned here, permanently, three years ago. One of her earliest memories is of being swept off her feet by a wave at Porthcurno. She survived and now runs The Writing Retreat near Lamorna Cove –
    Read more
  • John Crace

    John Crace is the Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer and author of I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. He writes the Digested Read for G2.
    Read more
  • John Martin

    John Martin is a former librarian and lifelong crime fiction reader. He spent 30 years working in public libraries before leaving Leicestershire Libraries in 2012. He was a member of the judging panel for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award from 2009-2012, and is a regular speaker on crime fiction. His first book, Crime Scene […]
    Read more
  • John Phillips

    John Phillips was born and presently lives in St. Ives. For many years, he lived in Slovenia. His most recent publication is Heretic. His other books include What Shape Sound and Language Is. His work has appeared in several anthologies, as well as many magazines in the U.K. and abroad.
    Read more
  • John Sutherland

    John Sutherland is the Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at UCL, and has spent most of his academic career working up to that august post. ‘Emeritus’ is the Latin for ‘without merit’. John has written many books on many subjects (including Is Henry V a War Criminal—OUP) and most recently, Stars, Cars and Crystal Meth […]
    Read more
  • Julie Myerson

    Julie Myerson
    Julie Myerson is the author of Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House and nine novels, including the best-selling Something Might Happen, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize. In the words of the Observer, she ‘has a talent for making the unthinkable readable. The results are riveting.’
    Read more
  • Juliet Pickering

    Juliet Pickering is an agent at the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency. She worked for Waterstones as a fiction buyer before joining A P Watt in 2003, and become an Agent in 2007.  Juliet moved to Blake Friedmann in 2013
    Read more
  • Karen Sullivan

    Karen Sullivan is publisher of Orenda Books, a small independent founded in late 2014 to publish literary fiction with a heavy emphasis on crime/thrillers, about half in translation. Karen will discuss how and why she started Orenda Books, which was shortlisted for the IPG Nick Robinson Newcomer Award, the ideology behind the list, and the […]
    Read more
  • Katharine Norbury

    Katharine Norbury
    Katharine Norbury was abandoned as a baby in a Liverpool convent. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she grew into a wanderer, drawn by the landscape of the British countryside. One summer, following the miscarriage of a much-longed-for child, Katharine sets out – accompanied by her nine-year-old daughter, Evie – with the idea of following a […]
    Read more
  • Kathryn Aalto

    Kathryn Aalto is a writer, designer, historian and lecturer. For the past twenty-five years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect: teaching literature of nature and place, designing gardens, and writing about the natural world.  She is the author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired […]
    Read more
  • Katrina Naomi

    Katrina Naomi
    Katrina Naomi’s poetry has appeared in The TLS, The Spectator and The Poetry Review, and has been broadcast on Radio 4. Her second collection, The Way the Crocodile Taught Me, has just been published by Seren (2016), following the pamphlet Hooligans, (Rack Press, 2015). Previous publications include: The Girl with the Cactus Handshake (Templar Poetry), […]
    Read more
  • Laurie Garrison

    Lauie Garrison has had successful careers in two disparate fields: lecturing in Victorian literature and digital marketing. She now combines her expertise from both these fields to help writers use the online world to complete, publish and promote their books
    Read more
  • Lisa Woollett

    After a degree in psychology Lisa studied documentary photography at Newport School of Art. She then worked as a freelance photographer for 12 years – past clients include The Independent on Sunday, Barnardos, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
    Read more
  • Livia Morant

    Livia Morant will understudy Rose-Mary Harrington’s readings of The Ivy House Diary. Livia has been involved in amateur drama in the area for many years and is currently an active member of the St. Peter’s Players, Newlyn.
    Read more
  • Lucy Cooper

    Lucy Cooper is a writer with a love of folklore, fairy tales and mythology. She grew up in the wilds of West Penwith. Her fascination with tales from cultures around the world has taken her from the temples of China to the back roads of Bulgaria, and lots of places in between. She is the […]
    Read more
  • Luke Thompson

    Dr Luke Thompson is a writer and editor from mid-Cornwall. This year, he publishes a debut pamphlet of poetry, the clearing (Atlantic Press), a full-length biography of Cornish poet Jack Clemo, Clay Phoenix (Ally Press), and a sequence of illustrated short fiction (Guillemot Press). Early 2017, his non-fiction work A Noctuary will be published by […]
    Read more
  • M J Logue

    Writer, mad cat lady, re-enactor, and 17th century historian. Been slightly potty about the clankier side of Ironside for around 20 years, and lists amongst her heroes in this unworthy world Sir Thomas Fairfax, Elizabeth Cromwell and the revenge playwright John Webster (for his sense of humour.) When not purveying historically-accurate cake to various re-enactment […]
    Read more
  • Martin Banks

    Martin trained at the New College of Speech and Drama and then gained an MA in Theatre Studies at Warwick University. He has worked as a professional actor, director, administrator, lecturer and examiner. His best selling book, The Mysterious Loss of the Darlwyne : A Cornish Holiday Tragedy, has been the subject of both ITV and […]
    Read more
  • MCMC Spoken

    Since leaving University, MCMC Spoken has gone from strength to strength, carving out her reputation as a poet, working with local producers and rappers to make hip hop tracks, hone here freestyling skills and perform at spoken word gigs both locally and across the UK and Europe. Her love of poetry has led her to […]
    Read more
  • Michael Smith

    Michael Smith is an authority on Polar exploration who has written nine books, appeared in TV and radio documentaries and lectured at many literary festivals and other prestigious venues, including:  The Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace, Royal Geographical Society, National Library of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland, Princess Grace Memorial Library Monaco, Queen’s University Belfast, the […]
    Read more
  • Mike Sagar-Fenton

    Mike Sagar-Fenton
    Mike Sagar-Fenton was born and bred here in Penzance. He is a regular columnist in the local press, author of eight published books on local themes, and also spent four years as director of Penzance’s Golowan Festival. He combined his love of writing and theatre by having his satirical play The Rise and Fall of […]
    Read more
  • Patrick Barkham

    Patrick Barkham
    Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 in Norfolk and was educated at Cambridge University. He is a Natural History writer for the Guardian where he has worked for the last 10 years, reporting on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. His first book, The Butterfly Isles, was shortlisted for the 2011 Royal Society […]
    Read more
  • Penwith Local History Group

    Formed in 1990, PLHG is a friendly group with a serious intent: we research and write up local history. We use old documents, oral history, books in and out of print, and investigate the landscape. Our books so far have included In and around Penzance during Napoleonic Times, Treasures of the Morrab based on Morrab […]
    Read more
  • Rachel Joyce

    Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into 36 languages. Rachel […]
    Read more
  • Rachel Lambert

    Rachel Lambert is a forager, wild food guide and author. Based in Penzance, she has been teaching foraging since 2007 and is passionate about sharing these skills and edible de-lights with others. She is the author of the sell out book; Wild Food Foraging in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (2015) and her new […]
    Read more
  • Raymond Tallis

    Raymond Tallis
    Raymond Tallis is a philosopher, poet, novelist and cultural critic, and a retired physician and clinical neuroscientist. For the last decade Tallis has been a full-time writer. He has published fiction, poetry, and 25  books on the philosophy of mind, philosophical anthropology, literary and cultural criticism. His most recent book –  The Black Mirror. Fragments […]
    Read more
  • Robin Lenman

    Until his retirement in 2003, Robin was Senior Lecturer in History at Warwick University, specialising in German and European political and cultural history and publishing on the German 19th-century art world. He was commissioned to compile the Oxford Companion to the Photograph after his interests turned to photographic history. Robin has lived in Penzance since 2000, and in 2008 […]
    Read more
  • Sarah Turner

    Sarah Turner lives in Devon with her husband and their two boys. She has written for The Telegraph, The Daily Mirror, MumsNet,, The Huffington Post, and has a regular column for Exeter Life. She won awards for Best Writer and Best Baby Blog at the MAD Awards 2015.
    Read more
  • Seth Hampshire

    I’m a beat poet, well that’s one defenition. When I was at university I quietly started writing poetry, but always for myself. For one of my project I was meant to hand in a book with images and text in but instead I handed in a book with a CD in the cover. The photographs in the […]
    Read more
  • Sophie Buchan

    Sophie Buchan, Senior Commissioning Editor at Weidenfeld & Nicolson Fiction  
    Read more
  • Spencer Smart

    Born in Suffolk in 1966, Spencer Smart headed for a life in west Cornwall many years ago where he lives with his family. He has worked as a technical author and marketing consultant since the late 1980s. Spencer’s first thriller No Regrets introduced Dutch detective Pieter van Es, who fled Amsterdam for a not-so-peaceful new […]
    Read more
  • Spokes

    Spokes was originally set up by three creative writing students from Falmouth University. Their monthly nights at Penryn Town Hall have been drawing large audiences who are treated to a diverse range of material from storytelling, poetry, spleen venting, music and even the occasional interpretive dance.
    Read more
  • Steph Haxton

    Steph Haxton, historian, author and wordsmith, is always inspired by place. Pendennis Castle is a site she worked at for many years, finding forgotten facts that begged to be put into stories. Her historical novels have all been nominated in the Cornish Gorsedh Holyer an Gof Awards, with To Untie A Sealed Knot being a […]
    Read more
  • Sue Kittow

    Sue Kittowsays, ”My Cornish roots have always been very important to me, ensuring I returned from working in London for 14 years. Since becoming a journalist at the age of 50, I have interviewed many authors including Bill Bryson, Ian Rankin, Lionel Shriver and Rosamunde Pilcher for the international writing magazine, Writers’ Forum, and have […]
    Read more
  • Tom Stockley

    Tom Stockley is an organiser, performer, writer, designer and occasional statue based in the South West. Informed by a century of counter-culture, his practice is parasitic and flirts with the humour, beauty and sadness of every day life by any means necessary (including spoken word as t.s. idiot, video based collaborations and DIY venue Space 37). Among his influences […]
    Read more
  • Wyl Menmuir

    Wyl Menmuir
    Wyl Menmuir was born in 1979 in Stockport. He lives on the north coast of Cornwall with his wife and two children and works as a freelance editor and literacy consultant and is also writer in residence at Richard Lander School, Truro. When he’s not writing, you’ll find him out on the water or up […]
    Read more

Jenny Alexander

‘Bean’ David Bottomley

David, aka Bean, is autistic, dyslexic and non-binary gendered. Last year, while lying on a bed in casualty following a nasty traffic accident, he was diagnosed with life-limiting (terminal) renal cancer. His mental wiring is such that he doesn’t think in words or pictures, but in ideas, patterns and concepts. This makes him excellent at […]

Tim Brown

My first writing experience began with a job move from Cornwall to Salisbury Plain in 2006, and learning that the area is not only famous for its ancient stones but that it was a key staring point in the story of aviation history in Britain. An Air Traffic Control Officer for most of my working […]

Natasha Carthew

Natasha Carthew has been published previously as a poet and young adult writer and her books have been nominated for the Carnegie Award and shortlisted for several national awards including the Branford Boase. Born and raised in Cornwall, she lives on the coast with her girlfriend of twenty-two years and spends most of her time […]

Peter Clark

Dr Peter Clark OBE is a writer, translator and a travel and cultural consultant. He has known, travelled, worked and lived in the Middle East for over 50 years, has translated eight books from the Arabic, and written and edited more than a dozen other books. An authority of the culture of all countries of […]

Keri Davies

Keri Davies tumbled accidentally into the fictional village of Ambridge in 1992. He has worked on The Archers as a producer, senior producer and web producer. Since 2003, he has been an Archers scriptwriter. Keri has directed over 700 episodes, including the notorious armed raid on the village shop. He has written over 300 Archers […]

Mary Druce

Mary Druce lives in Mullion with her husband Rob and greyhound Patsy. She has a keen sense of the ridiculous, and loves to write quirky poetry. She has won prizes for her work, and has published a book of poems.

Elizabeth Ducie

When Elizabeth Ducie had been working in the international pharmaceutical industry for nearly thirty years, she decided she’d like to take a break from technical writing—text books, articles and training modules—and write about some of her travel experiences instead. She took some courses in Creative Writing and discovered to her surprise that she was happier, […]

Kim Durham

The character he plays in radio soap ‘The Archers’, Matt Crawford, may talk like a cockney spiv made good but Kim Durham grew up in a well-heeled area of Surrey. He trained initially as a teacher before becoming interested in fringe theatre and touring with a small company around the Netherlands. Stage work since has […]

Iestyn Edwards

West End and international headliner Iestyn has performed privately for all the senior members of the British Royal Family. He is writer and presenter of Channel 4’s ‘Madame Galina’s Whirlwind Guide to Ballet’, and former principal with British Youth Opera. Iestyn has also appeared as Pantomime Dame, at the special invitation of Dougie Squires. His […]

Johanna Egar

Johanna Egar is an actor, theatre director, teacher, storyteller and emerging writer. She moved from Lancashire five years ago, kicked off her clogs and dipped her toes in the Cornish literary scene, where recent performances of her work have been popular at various festivals and events around the SouthWest.

Felicity Finch

Felicity Finch was born in Teesside, England. She is an actress, known for Murder in Belgravia: The Lucan Affair (1994), The Sculptress (1996) and Bleak House (1985). She is also known as the voice of Ruth Archer in The Archers.  

Marie Godin and Mo Akadream

Marie Godin and author Mohammed Omer (A.K.A. Mo Akadream) will be representing Pluto Press, a radical political publishing house. Founded in 1969, Pluto Press is one of Britain’s oldest radical publishers, but their focus remains making timely interventions in contemporary struggles. Though their collective outlook has developed over time, they proudly identify as anti-capitalist, internationalist […]

Simon Grennan

Simon Grennan is one of today’s most exciting comics artists and scholars of comics. He has pioneered the practical art of comics as social history and biography and undertaken groundbreaking new work in adaptation and in the very earliest history of British comics. His last graphic novel was one of The Guardian Books of the […]

Robin Hanbury-Tenison

Although he is now Cornwall-based, explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE has undertaken a breath-taking range of journeys since his first round-the-world trip in 1957. His adventures have included Saharan camel treks, driving cattle across Spain and film-making in Sarawak. Robin has also been Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Cornwall, co-founded (and been President of) Survival […]

Adam Hart-Davis

Adam Hart-Davis is a freelance writer and lecturer–former presenter on television of Local Heroes, Tomorrow’s World, What the Romans (and others) Did for Us, How London was Built and many other series. He has collected awards for both television and radio, as well as four medals and 14 honorary doctorates. He has read several books, […]

Chris Higgins

Chris Higgins was born and bred in South Wales but has a Cornish grandfather and has lived in west Cornwall for the past 40 years. She taught English at various local schools including Penwith College, Humphry Davy and St Ives Secondary and has worked at the Minack Theatre. Nowadays, when she is not spending time […]

Alan Hines

Birte Hosken

I was born and grew up in North Germany. In 1989 I came to Penzance as part of a twinning exchange group and during that first visit to Cornwall I met my husband. For many years I supplied articles about all kinds of news and events in West Cornwall and beyond to the daily newspaper […]

Liz Hurley

Liz is a successful self-published author who has done two collections of lifestyle columns, a History of Mevagissey and a collection of walking guides. She will share her experiences of the steps and the marketing involved in self-publishing. Liz has run Hurley Books, with her husband Steve, in Mevagissey for nearly 20 years.  

John Daniel Players

The John Daniel Centre is a day centre for adults with learning and related disabilities. We involve a diverse group of members and start planning and rehearsing in January. We have found that these performances help boost confidence and teamwork as well as being great fun. Three reasons why: It’s a great motivator for both […]

Patricia Le Gallez

Patricia Le Gallez – I was born into an Anglo/Italian family in  Leeds just before WWII. Then at the age of 19, I took a train to Penzance and almost on impulse decided to swap the industrial North for the Cornish way of life. Once here I commenced training as a nurse, at the West […]

Robert Lock

Began a degree in Applied Biology but decided science wasn’t for me. Worked in Paris as a washer-up, a tour director taking US students round Europe, then began freelance photography and finally work on newspapers, though I continued to write as well and gathered a selection of complimentary rejection letters. Sent the manuscript of my […]

T M Logan

TM Logan was born in Berkshire to an English father and a German mother. He studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He currently works in communications, in the field of higher education, and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children. T.M. Logan’s debut thriller Lies was […]

Ken McKechnie

I am a geologist turned novelist. After 35 years exploring some of the remotest regions of the world, mining metals, gold and diamonds,I took up writing, my inspiration the extraordinary men and women I worked with around the world.

Denise McSheehy

Denise McSheehy͛s prize-winning first collection Salt was published by the Poetry Can. She received an Arts Council bursary for the development of work in progress and her poems have appeared in many magazines and been successful in major poetry competitions. Two recent important anthologies, Her Wings of Glass and The Book of Love & Loss, […]

Mandy Morton

Mandy Morton was born in Suffolk, and pursued a successful music recording career before joining the BBC to produce and present arts-based programmes. More recently, Mandy co-presents The Eclectic Light Show on Cambridge 105 Radio. Magical Mystery Paws, the sixth book in the No. 2 Feline Detective Agency series, is published in July. For the […]

Noel O’Reilly

Noel was a student on the New Writing South Advanced writing course, led by the writers Susannah Waters and Catherine Smith. He is a journalist and editor at the international firm RBI. Noel plays the saxophone and has written stage musicals that were performed by an amateur theatre company in London and Holland. His first […]

Beth Sagar-Fenton

Beth is a journalist/radio producer living in Penzance and her writing is currently confined to radio scripts mostly for the BBC. Beth admits to often getting imposter syndrome when phoning people and telling them she’s from the BBC.

Michael Pennington

Michael Pennington is an Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC and a founding Artistic Director of the English Shakespeare Company. He has played any of the great classical roles, most recently King Lear in New York and on a UK Tour. Other theatre work includes the title roles in  numerous Shakespeare plays and leading parts […]

The Penzance Stanza

M. J. Oliver’s first collection of poetry was recently awarded 2nd prize by New Welsh Writing. Her poems have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies in UK and US; five have been set to music by Cornish composer, Judith Bailey. Prizes won include those judged by Paul Muldoon and Ruth Padel. She edits Piccolina, a […]

Cathy Rentzenbrink and Nina Stibbe

Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache and is currently working on a novel and a book about books. Cathy regularly chairs literary events, judges prizes, interviews authors, reviews books and runs writing workshops and thinks that most lives would be enriched by more reading and […]

Peter Sjöstedt-H

Peter Sjöstedt-H was brought up near Penzance (in Pendeen), and has returned after a decade-long sojourn in the capital. Peter is an Anglo-Scandinavian philosopher of mind and a metaphysician who specialises in the thought of Whitehead, Nietzsche and Schopenhauer, with special regard to panpsychism and altered states of sentience. Peter received a Bachelor’s degree in […]

Zeb Soanes

Zeb Soanes is a familiar and trusted voice to millions.  He is a BBC Radio 4 Newsreader for those who wake up to The Today Programme and puts the nation to bed with The Shipping Forecast.  On television he has presented the Proms and performs with orchestras throughout the UK, narrating popular works for children, including Peter and the Wolf, The […]

Susan Soyinka

Susan Soyinka has worked as a teacher, lecturer and researcher, spending ten years of her early career in West Africa. On her return to England, she retrained as an educational psychologist, and after discovering her Jewish roots, worked for nine years in the Jewish community in London. Retirement has given her the time and energy […]

Lydia Syson

Lydia Syson’s first book was a biography of the eighteenth-century fertility guru, James Graham, who was known as the Electric Doctor.  She has since written three critically acclaimed historical novels for young adults, each in some way inspired by the radical backgrounds of earlier generations of her family. With Mr Peacock’s Possessions, her adult fiction […]

David Taylor

In a long career as an investigative journalist David Taylor has always shown a keen eye for a good story. Reporting for BBC Panorama and World in Action he fronted ground-breaking exposes on political and police corruption, sanction busting intrigues, gangland killings and the nuclear threat. Now, as a novelist, he tells an equally compelling […]


Telltales is a night for writers, readers and listeners in Falmouth. Originally set up by Clare Howdle, Telltales is now run by the writing community itself, with regular reading nights taking place in Falmouth and beyond.

Third Knock Theatre

Paul Attmere has worked with theatre companies across the UK and Europe. He now lives and works in Lithuania. This is his first solo performance.

Emma Timpany

Emma Timpany was born in New Zealand and has lived in Cornwall for the last seventeen years. Her publications include the novella Travelling in the Dark (Fairlight Books 2018) and the short story collection The Lost of Syros. She is co-editor of Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Cornish Writing. Emma has won short […]

Nicola Upson

Nicola Upson was born in Suffolk and read English at Downing College, Cambridge. She has worked in theatre and as a freelance journalist, and is the author of two works of non-fiction. Her series of detective novels featuring Josephine Tey began with An Expert in Murder, and has been described as ‘historical crime fiction at […]

Dew Vardh and guests

Bert Biscoe – Cornish poet, politician, songwriter – Trurra Pol Hodge – Cornish linguist and dialectician, teacher, translator, performer – St Agnes Megan Chapman – Poet, rap artist – Story Republican – Falmouth Des Hannigan – poet, climber, travel writer, fisherman, zawn explorer – Morvah Johanna Egar – actor, theatre director, teacher, storyteller and emerging […]

David Whittaker

David Whittaker was born & bred in Ireland. He is a bookseller, publisher (Wavestone Press) photographer and independent researcher living in rural Oxfordshire. David has published nine books, several of which are Cornish related – including Tony O’Malley: An Irish Artist in Cornwall and Give Me Your Painting Hand: W S Graham and Cornwall, which […]

Sarah Winman

Sarah Winman was an actress, working in theatre in her twenties and early thirties but by 1992 she says she ‘started having my own words’ and turned away from other people’s scripts and realised she wanted to write a novel. It would be another 20 years until that novel was written and published. She wrote […]

Raynor Winn

Since completing the South West Coastal Path, Raynor Winn has become a regular long-distance walker and writes about nature, homelessness and wild camping. She now lives in Cornwall with her husband Moth and their dog, Monty. The Salt Path is her first book and is a Sunday Times bestseller.

David Young

David Young was a journalist for more than 25 years with BBC World radio and TV. Now a full-time author, his debut novel Stasi Child, reached the Top 20 of the Bookseller’s Fiction chart and was a top five e-book bestseller. The novel won the 2016 CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger and was longlisted for the […]