Penzance Literary Festival became a registered charity in July 2016. Our public record is available to view at the Charity Commission website.

Our trustees

Paul Hunter



Having worked for 35 years in the building materials industry in a variety of senior operational and commercial roles, I was able to take early retirement 2 years ago. This allowed a move to Penzance where I have had links for over 25 years.

I am a Trustee Director for a large £3bn pension scheme representing 35k members for the last 5 years and chair the Defined Contributions committee.

As a lifelong devotee of the arts in all forms, I am pleased to have the opportunity to promote the Penzance Litfest and ensure its future success. I also help with other organisations such as the Penlee Gallery, Morrab Library and the Arts Society West Cornwall.

Robin Knight



Prior to my retirement from 40+ years as a Biomedical Scientist I was the National Head of the NHS Blood & Transplant Red Cell Immunohaematology Reference Services, with responsibility for a budget of £10 million, a staff of 230 working in ten different laboratories across England.

During my career I played an active role in three professional bodies that included organising national and international scientific meetings. I have published 24 peer reviewed scientific papers and co-authored and edited five text books, two of which were published by the World Health Organisation.

Since my retirement from the NHS I continued for a further five years to act as a Scientific Consultant to the Malawi Blood Transfusion Service and still act as an advisor to a community development organisation working on the Kachin-China border in northern Myanmar. I am now devoting more time to local activities as a volunteer for two environmental groups, trying to write more creatively and for the Penzance Litfest.

Linda Camidge

Linda Camidge


Linda enjoyed a teaching career, including 27 years as Head of English at Mullion School, before retiring in 2014. Since then she has worked as a writer and performer. Linda contributed a chapter to the recent Penwith Local History Group book Women of West Cornwall and is working on her own book about aspects of the history of Penzance. She co-founded History Through the Looking Glass, which has staged a number of productions locally, notably the Dylan Thomas in Cornwall walks and indoor shows; Linda co-wrote and co-performs in all of these shows. She also has a leading role in local writing forums Sunday Speakeasy and Writers Cafe, is an active member of the local folk music community, and volunteers regularly at the Acorn Arts Centre. Linda has a PhD in 15th century cultural history and is currently treasurer of the Literary Festival.

John Pestle

A trainer and employment relations person by trade now operating on a freelance basis. I have lots of experience of working for different types of festivals in various capacities and have been part of the organising team of the Penzance Literary Festival for around five years. I am also a local community radio presenter and community correspondent mainly concentrating on social and cultural issues.

Rachel Viney

Rachel Viney

Rachel’s first full-time job was as Publicity Manager for an independent London publishing house. Stints at the BBC and in commercial radio were followed by a move into TV as a policy executive at the Independent Television Commission (ITC). Rachel went on to study for an MA in European Cultural Policy and Arts Management at Warwick University and work for herself as an independent media consultant – something she still does today. She’s also been a partner in a publishing business, producing publications for international photojournalists. Rachel has written widely on media and cultural topics, and is the author of two books about broadcasting.

Kay Driver

After retiring from a career as a Chief Executive in business and national charities I was invited to join the PenzanceLitFest’s new CIO Board working along with the organising team.

My career includes periods as the Honorary Treasurer of Eurogroup for Animals in Brussels, delivering management training in Eastern Europe and South Africa and service as a Trustee with the National Teaching Awards.

This, plus five years as a Governor of the Duchy College and recently elected Chair of the Cornwall Countryside Access Forum brought writing experience limited to Technical Papers, Newsletters and Press Releases – my contribution on the Board more to checking charitable procedures and practice than creative outcomes!