Penzance Fringe

The Fringe is made up from a number of events taking place around Penzance that are loosely associated with the Literary Festival. Booking for these events is made directly with the organisers, contact details and pricing are shown in the description.

Literary Fringe Event with music

Readings, Performances and Music along the theme of ‘Borderlines’

Walter de la Mare : dreams, death, and the fantasy worlds of childhood

A Talk by Jane Sand

SPEAKEASY – LitFest Fringe Special

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange are teaming up with The Writers’ Block, to bring you a social evening with delicious food and fresh writing. Share your work, meet other writers and discover the new – a mix of story, poetry and song – with compere Betty Davies, developer of The Writers’ Block Speakeasy and resident poet [...]

The Hunt for Moby-Dick

A special screening to mark the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth, followed by a Q&A with Philip Hoare. Acclaimed writer Philip Hoare confronts our fascination with one of the most mysterious animals in the ocean, the whale. Travelling in the footsteps of Ishmael, the narrator of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, he visits the whaling ports [...]

Can Palores (Song of the Chough)

Today marks the first performance in modern times of ‘Can Palores’ (Song of the Chough), a recently re-discovered song in Cornish, arranged by Ralph Dunstan in 1932. Following a talk, this and other songs will be performed by Keur Heb Hanow. Suggested donation £4. For tickets please contact or phone 01736 364474.

Beyond the line: poetry from paintings at Penlee

Join us to explore how the amazing paintings at Penlee House can be used to inspire words. Free event. Drop in any time. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

True Sanity on the Edge of Madness

A Talk by Jane Sand

Living and Dying on the Borderline

A Talk by Jane Sand

On the edge: the literary and folklore landscape of Zennor

Join us for a guided walk with Adrian Rodda to share the experiences of writers and painters who were influenced by liminal Zennor, living on the edge between the sea and sky and solid rock. Meet at the Chapel Car Park Zennor at 2.00pm. Tickets £4 Booking essential; please phone 01736 363625 or email

From Mermaids and Werewolves to Vampires and E.T.

A Talk by Jane Sand

Psychedelics, Sentience, and N-Dimensional Space

Could a certain cognizance of n-dimensional space enhance our understanding of consciousness, and could certain psychedelic mindscapes facilitate such enhanced cognition?