Centenaries & Bi-centenary

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 friends. A collage of letters, poetry, song and narrative that touch on the personal and universal stories of that dreadful conflict.

Also 100 years ago Peter Lanyon and WS Graham were born. Peter here in West Penwith where he lived and painted until his un-timely death in a gliding accident in 1964. WS was born in Scotland but from 1954 until his death in 1986 he lived in Madron, near Penzance. Many of his poems reflect the soul of the area and his friendship with Peter Lanyon and others in the St Ives group of artists such as Roger Hilton and Sir Terry Frost.

At this year’s LitFest, David Whittaker will be talking about his book “give me your painting hand”.

Paul Attmere of the Third Knock Theatre, will be giving us a solo theatre performance inspired by the death of Peter Lanyon and the poem, The Thermal Stair, written after his death by WS Graham. Penzance, despite its distance from London, has not been without culture and learning.

For 200 years ago three local gentlemen brought together a collection of books that became the Morrab Library. Throughout the year the library is celebrating its longevity and once again the LitFest will be using its hallowed rooms for our annual literary workshops.

With over 40 very varied events there is something for everyone again during the 9th Penzance Literary Festival.


by Robin Knight