Enjoy Penzance Literary festival this summer

May 10th, 2016

This July, from the 6th – 9th marks the 7th year of Penzance’s Literary Festival which has been hailed as the ‘Best Litfest in the West’, making it an event not to be missed when staying in our Cornish holiday cottages.

Penzance is well known for its thriving art scene as well as a top holiday destination, with this year’s festival likely increase to increase that reputation further with a guest appearance by best-selling author Gavin Knight, whose new book ‘The Swordfish and the Star’ portrays life in the fishing communities of Newlyn and The Lizard here in Cornwall.

There is also a host of other speakers such as Colin Taylor, Rachel Joyce, best-selling author of the hugely popular ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’, writer of BBC Radio’s dramatised version of Jane Eyre, Patrick Barkham, the Guardian journalist whose latest book, ‘Coastlines’, celebrates many of the National Trust’s coastal properties in Cornwall and Andrew Miller, whose book ‘Pure’ won the Costa awards for Best Novel and Book of the Year.

Cornwall also serves up its own share of writers taking part in this event with Penzance’s biographer Michael Sagar-Fenton entertaining with stories of local smugglers and nautical tales and music journalist Lee Trewela will talk about contemporary music with Dick Porter and Ian Abrahams. There will be performances from poets Bert Biscoe and Pol Hodge, as well as Penzance’s own Gray Lightfoot and Colin Stringer rounding of the Cornish creativity.

Patrick Gale, Chair of the festival, best-selling novelist and local resident has described Penzance as “the ideal setting for a festival of books and reading: beautiful, quirky, rich in history … and chock-full of interesting and interested people”.

There will also be activities for you to get involved in with such as writing workshops, literary walks and fantastic musical performances, making this an event not to be missed when staying in our Cornish holiday cottages.


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