2018 Events

In 2018, highlights of the Penzance Literary Festival included Rachel Joyce, Nina Stibbe, Adam Hart-Davis, Michael Pennington and Robin Hanbury-Tenison.

This archive page shows all the events that took place in 2018, many of them with photos. Our theme for 2018 was Taking Flight.

All 2018 events

Writer’s Cafe Takes Flight

Birdman: Screening at Newlyn Filmhouse

Feathery Legs!

Jellyfish Thinking, Feeling, Being Workshop

Birds in Literature with Jane Sand

Taking Flight with Jago Stone – with Rob Donovan

Thomas De Quincey: Flight into the Dark World of Dreams, Memory and Opium – with Jane Sand

No Safe Anchorage with Liz MacRae Shaw

Home of Springs, Trengwainton Heritage Project

The Life Cycle with Kate Rawles

Stories that Take Flight with Rachel Joyce

Song at St Mary’s with Timothy Dean

Sarah Winman with Cathy Rentzenbrink: From Stage to Page

The Great Big LitFest Quiz

The Mysteries of Consciousness with Susan J Blackmore

Jellyfish Thinking: Art and H.D.

RNLI Lifeboat Station Histories with Elaine Trethowan and Martin Brockman

Nine Lessons with Nicola Upson

The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency with Mandy Morton

The Redemptive Power of Walking with Raynor Winn

Writing Workshop with Rachel Joyce

Peter Clark’s Emirates Diaries: From Sheikhs to Shakespeare

Natasha Carthew: All Rivers Run Free

Michael Pennington: Sweet William

Lydia Syson: Mr Peacock’s Possessions

Penzance Stanza Poetry Group: Birds of a Feather

Flights of Fancy with Penwith Local History Group

Liz Hurley: Be your own publisher! It’s easy

Workshop on How to Write Comedy with Richard Smith

The Mythology of Birds or, Are the Starlings Watching Us? with Robert Lock

Flights of Imagination and Desire: Love, Death, Art and Money in 19th-Century Bavaria with Robin Lenman

Writing the Self – From Heartbreak to Humour with Cathy Rentzenbrink and Nina Stibbe

Albert Reuss in Mousehole: The Artist as Refugee with Susan Soyinka

29 Seconds – Flying out of the Comfort Zone with T M Logan

Telltales Takes Flight with Alan Robinson

Writing it Out: A Memoir and Talk by Tessa Broad

Cruising At Thirty Thousand Feet, With Dew Vardh And Guests

Paper Wings: Introducing Cornish Short Stories, With Emma Timpany And Guests

Writing Workshop with Jenny Alexander: Free-Range Writing

Writing Workshop with Elizabeth Ducie: The Business of Self-Publishing

Peter Pan with the John Daniel Players

Imposter Syndrome, With Beth Sagar-Fenton

Writing Workshop With Alan Hines: Creating Characters – Writing Like An Actor

The Archers: Behind The Scenes

Sod It! I’ll Do It Myself : Ken McKechnie on Self-Publishing

Ken McKechnie: From the Wilderness to the West Country – A Geologist’s Journey from Fact to Fiction

Iestyn Edwards: My Tutu Went AWOL

David Taylor: The Mercenary from Marazion

Adam Hart-Davis: The Weird and Wacky World of Comic Artist William Heath Robinson

Saying the Unsayable – blogging without words with Bean

Broken Air by Third Knock Theatre

Wrecker by Noel O’Reilly

The Lark above the Trenches: Timothy Dean and friends

Toy Symphony and Peter and the Wolf Penzance Orchestral Society: a Family Concert with Zeb Soanes

From German Exchange Visitor to Cornish Author – an uplifting talk by Birte Hosken

Peter Pan in Penzance performed by the John Daniel Players

A Darker State with David Young

Flying with the Larks by Tim Brown

To Soar Angelic: Humphry Davy and Psychedelic Sentience with Peter Sjöstedt-H

Voices from the ‘Jungle’ – Stories from the Calais Refugee Camp

Marie Duval: Rediscovering a Maverick Victorian Cartoonist – the story told by novelist and scholar Simon Grennan

From Leeds to Penzance and Back Again with Patricia Le Gallez

Finding Eden: A Journey into the Heart of Borneo with Robin Hanbury-Tenison

Taking Fright: Take-offs and Bad Landings in a Writer’s Life – Des Hannigan

Midsummer Madness in Cornwall: The Topsy Turvy World of Cornish Festivals with Alan M. Kent

Two South West Voices to Transport You with Denise McSheehy and Mary Druce

A Woman in the Snow with Elizabeth Ducie

‘A Boy Called Ocean’: Taking flight, or facing your demons? with Chris Higgins

The Thermal Stair: W S Graham & the Artists by David Whittaker