Entries by Patrick Gale

Matt Haig talks ‘How to Stop Time’

By Maria Vakmann The marquee was packed to the maximum with readers and writers of all ages. They came to listen to bestselling author Matt Haig unpack his latest novel in a conversation with novelist Eleanor Updale. Matt’s book, How to Stop Time, tells the story of 439-year-old Tom Hazard who has a rare medical […]

Nothing less than MESSY with Christopher William Hill

By Lizzie Arnold and Georgia Penrose  Within moments of introducing himself, award-winning playwright, radio dramatist and children’s author Christopher William Hill filled the marquee with laughter. During the first few minutes of his workshop he revealed that he had been ‘watching us’ – that is, the audience – mentioning the ‘Bee Girls’ who had shrieked in horror at […]

Young Readers Festival Recap

by Madeleine Saaf and Charlotte Rayment The four day long North Cornwall Book Festival got off to a fantastic start this week with two days of workshops for children in the scenic setting of St. Endellion.  The Young Readers Festival began on Thursday for the ‘Book Surfers,’ students aged twelve to fifteen years old. The young readers and […]

Christmas in October: Matt Haig’s Creature Workshop

By Lizzie Arnold  Back in the church for the second day in a row, and although it’s a little chilly, the sunlight coming through the stained glass windows warms the room.  Author Matt Haig begins by letting us know that even though it’s October, he wants to create a ‘Christmassy feel,’ much to the children’s […]

A laughter filled poetry workshop with Chrissie Gittins

By Georgia Penrose  Award-winning writer Chrissie Gittins warmly introduced herself to her young audience in her Friday workshop. The children were immediately drawn in by Chrissie’s talk, which covered her work in a Scottish school, her travels to Bangkok, her writing, including short stories, poetry and radio dramas. From the start everyone was excited to join the workshop.   Chrissie began by reading […]

Author Talks: Emily Barr

Blogger Lizzie Arnold was able to speak with novelist Emily Barr after her workshops on Thursday to check in about the North Cornwall Book Festival and her new book!    I really enjoyed your workshop this morning. How are you finding the festival so far?   Thank you! I’m loving it! It isn’t like any other […]

The Poet Packing a Punch

by Holly Cara Farr Matt Windle, boxing champion and Birmingham’s very own poet laureate, puts a fresh spin on the poem at the North Cornwall Book Festival. Matt’s poetry workshop kick-starts Thursday, livening up the chilly church hall with his upbeat attitude as he introduces himself to the children. ‘You can call me the poet […]

Andrew Miller on Writing A Female Lead

By Rosie Connell To conclude the North Cornwall Book Festival’s events, I watch renowned novelist Andrew Miller being interviewed by Rupert Thomson in the beautiful St. Endellion church. When he isn’t practicing his martial arts, Andrew is immersed in his writing, telling us “you give whatever you’ve got.” Later going on to say “my writing […]