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A talk with Kate Clanchy: The Migrant Crisis and Poetry

We entered the small quaint church in St Endelllion, for the service Meditation on Migration hosted by poet, Kate Clanchy. It is a Sunday morning in the village church. The sun touched the stain glass windows with fragility and harshness – perhaps a metaphor for things to come. The service began with an introduction, prayers […]

The Modern Child at North Cornwall Book Festival

Today I have learned plenty from my place as a spectator in the workshops at North Cornwall Book Festival. Steph Haxton taught me everything from making a little book by folding paper, to publishing one. But what sticks with me the most is the children I have spoken to, and how they are still incredibly […]

An interview with entrants for The Young Walter Scott Prize

As the first day of the North Cornwall Book Festival came to an end, the remaining guests, visitors and students gathered in the marquee. The marquee really set the scene for this event, with its colourful illustrations of exotic birds and beautifully patterned cloth which spiraled up above our heads. The front row seats were […]

5 minutes with Steph Haxton

Author, historian, and illustrator, Steph Haxton, demonstrates homemade bookmaking with local school children and delves into the Cornish history behind her novels. Her published novels; ‘Exposed to All Villainies’, ‘A Cord of Three Strands’, and ‘To Untie a Sealed Knot’ are available to buy through the Padstow Bookseller. “Because my novels aren’t the sort of […]

“Greek It Up!” – Natalie Haynes’ witty take on the Greek tragedy

In the beautiful church of St. Endellion, the lively and charismatic “classical-scholar-turned-stand up-comedian-turned-writer” Natalie Haynes presented the pupils of local schools with a detailed and humorous retelling of Sophocles’ Athenian tragedy “Oedipus the King”. Natalie engrossed both pupils and teachers alike by drawing correlations between Ancient Greek tragedy and British soap operas, coining the phrase […]