2019 Events

In 2019, highlights of the Penzance Literary Festival included Alan Hollinghurst, Damien Barr, John Harvey, Hanna Jameson and Philip Hoare.

This archive page shows all the events that took place in 2019, many of them with photos. Our theme for 2019 was Borderlines.

All 2019 events

You Will Be Safe Here: Damian Barr in conversation with Patrick Gale

Valles – Knowledge And The Possibilities Of Future Discoveries, with Dan James

Grace Vincent: Publicity – how to promote yourself and your book (Publishing Day Event)

Louise Boland: Publicity – small publishers championing new writers (Publishing Day Event)

Lost Kingdoms, with Sara MacDonald and Jane Johnson


All Art Is Political In The Age Of Trump And Border Walls, with Hanna Jameson

Chris Higgins: An author’s perspective – Insights into the publishing industry (Publishing Day Event)

Borders With Time: Cornwall’s Paths To The Past, with Sue Kittow and Steph Hatton

Some kids I taught and what they taught me, Kate Clanchy in conversation with Patrick Gale

Rose Tomaszewska: What’s your novel about? It’s all in the pitch. (Publishing Day Event)

Plen An Gwari: The Playing Places Of Cornwall, with Will Coleman

Brenda, Beyond Borders: Sue Ellery-Hill in conversation with Mike Sagar-Fenton

Beyond the line: poetry from paintings at Penlee

Rebellion Adrian Rodda, An Gof and Special Guests

True Sanity on the Edge of Madness

Writing workshop with Jenny Kane: Location, location, location

Crossroads, with Liz Fenwick

Long tales and tall from the long deep of Cornwall, with Des Hannigan

The Bad Bugs Bookclub: using fiction to engage with science, with Joanna Verran

The Postman Poet, with Liz Shakespeare

Landscapes of mind and memory, with Emma Timpany and Tom Vowler

In conversation: Bestseller Jane Corry tells the story behind her new thriller and reveals her top writing tips

Writing workshop with Penny Shutt: Borderlines of the self

Borders, boundaries and big ideas, with Penwith Local History Group

Everything you can think of is true, with Petrus Ursem

Adventures in an epic continent, with Nicholas Jubber

The Museum Of Broken Promises, with Elizabeth Buchan

Why I live in a shed, with Catrina Davies

Alan Hollinghurst in conversation

Dreamworlds: Everywhere at once, with Adele Jarrett-Kerr

Life, Happiness and Everything, with Isabel Losada

Writing workshop with Angela Stoner: Writing between the tides

Borderlines: almost what is expected, with Jak Stringer

Body and Soul: Cornwall detective Frank Elder’s last case, with John Harvey

Ritual, history and landscape: A Cornish Year in poems and paintings, with Frank Pickering and Wendy Parkyn

Women crossing cultural borders in 19th century India, with Barbara Eaton

Behind the Lines, with Amanda Harris

King of dust: adventures in forgotten sculpture, with Alex Woodcock

Writing Workshop with John Lugo-Trebble and Barbara Armstrong: Breaking the fourth wall – stepping inside a scene

Crossing borders between worlds, with Victoria Osborne-Broad and DL Baylis

Borders of life and death: the tale of Elizabeth siddall, with Serena Trowbridge

The Redeemed, with Tim Pears

Accidental erotica and Cornish romance, with Jenny Kane

Earwhacks, with Rob Barratt

The Great Big LitFest Quiz, with Spencer Smart

Borderlines, with Telltales

Writing workshop with Bridget Holding: Wild words: bring your writing to life

Line breaks: the 9th Poetry Open, with Diana Dixon

Something of his Art, with Horatio Clare and the Heinichen Ensemble

Studio voices: art and life in 20th-century Britain, with Michael Bird

My room is a bright glass cabin: the life and poetry of Charles Causley, with Laurence Green

A fascination with frontiers, Horatio Clare in conversation with Philip Marsden

Can poetry be both funny and serious? with Gray Lightfoot

Refugee Tales, with Anna Pincus and Patrick Gale

At the edge of our language: why speech should be a river, with Ben Cox

A literary walk, with Anna McClary

Litfest at 10 Launch Party