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Jun
15

Historical Fiction: Inspired or Recreated?

Historical fiction, we are told by literary agents, is set to be one of the biggest literary trends of 2018 and Cornwall is being heralded as the new literary capital of the UK. But what is historical fiction? Is it history written as fiction? Or is it fiction set in a historical setting? Or a […]

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Jun
07

Once Upon a Time in the West: How Penzance Literary Festival Began

Back in 2010, at a Society of Authors meeting at the Godolphin Arms, Marazion, history was made.  Peter Levin, founder of the Festival, remembers it clearly. “Somebody said, ‘why don’t we have a literary festival’… I was the person who had the e-mail list, so it fell to me to organise it”. Looking back on that […]

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May
13

Taking flight July 4th – we’re up and away

Whatever happens about the proposal for a new helicopter service from Penwith to the Scillies, one thing is for sure – Penzance Literary Festival 2018 has taken off. Want to know more about the turbo-charged 2018 event? The theme is “Taking Flight”, the dates are July 4th to 7th, and the “hub” will be the […]

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Oct
04

Penzance? We’ve never been that far west!

It’s true that Penzance is over 300 miles from London, at the end of a long rail journey or tedious drive, and only 10 miles from Land’s End, but when you arrive it’s always worth the trek. Before it was linked to Pirates by Gilbert and Sullivan, Penzance was renowned as ‘the most southern resort […]

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Sep
29

Centenaries & Bi-centenary

The long gallery of reminiscence gets longer every year and every year there is a new anniversary, centenary or even bicentenary to remember, celebrate or quietly forget. At this year’s LitFest we will commemorate the end of the Great War in 1918 with a performance of The Lark above the Trenches, with Timothy Dean and […]

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Jul
03

Venturing Off the Map and Into the Woods…

  As part of Penzance Litfest’s Uncharted Waters events, pupils from Trythall school ventured off the map and into the wilds of Trevaylor woods to explore nature, poems and stories. There they encountered characters from folktales, learnt how to use their senses to navigate their way in their uncharted surroundings, and met some unusual characters […]

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Jul
02

What you know and what you know now…

  ‘Write what you know.’ This piece of advice a piece of advice is usually one of the first given to new writers. It can cover many things from characters to plot to setting. I won’t disagree with it either as I have used my area of Cornwall as the location for all my books. […]

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Jun
30

Poetry, Tea and Creativity

In ancient Greek, the word poet means  ‘one who creates‘ and I have always taken a creative approach to poetry – trying to present it in original ways that will delight and inspire others. Some of these ways have included The Poetree, I’ll Eat My Words range of edible poetry, Word M’art featuring poems in […]

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