Entries by Patrick Gale

Patrick Gale in Conversation with Novelist Rachel Joyce

By Olivia Cooper Brought forward by an impressive thunder of applause, Rachel Joyce joins Patrick, her friend and founder of the festival on stage, facing rows of readers and fellow writers eagerly awaiting her. You’ll most likely know Rachel from her bestselling book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry but today the focus was primarily on […]

Sharing a Coffee with Amadou Diagne & Group Yakar

By Day Lilico Yesterday morning at the North Cornwall Book Festival, I spotted the members of Group Yakar – keyboardist Jim Blomfield, guitarist Dan Pert and drummer Myke Vince – as well as Amadou Diagne himself, standing in line waiting for a hot drink from Laidback Coffee. I managed to grab them for an on-the-spot interview. The […]

Anneliese Mackintosh on Blending Memoir & Fiction

By Benjamin G. Wilson One of our blogging team was lucky enough to catch up with author Anneliese Mackintosh after her performance at the festival’s Cream of Cornish event. Here, Benjamin G. Wilson talks to Anneliese about genre bending, memoir, and the different types of truth. For people who don’t know your work, could you […]

In Conversation with Simon Grennan: Part Two

By Benjamin G. Wilson & Alyanna Graham In preparation for Simon Grennan’s talk and workshops at this year’s North Cornwall Book Festival, Benjamin G. Wilson & Alyanna Graham caught up with him to talk about his graphic novel, Dispossession, an adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s John Caldigate. This is the second half of their interview: Ben: […]

Author Gavin Knight on Sea Shanties & Cornwall: Part Two

By Day Lilico Today at the North Cornwall Book Festival, Gavin Knight, author of Hood Rat, will be giving us a reading from his latest book: The Swordfish and the Star : Life on Cornwall’s Most Treacherous Stretch of Coast. To find out more about this talented writer and journalist, I was lucky enough to get an interview with him. Here’s […]

Cream of Cornish, First Helping

By Alice West This morning at the North Cornwall Book Festival, the peace of St Endellion was interrupted by the inspiring words of four incredible Cornish writers. Rob Barratt, Martin Banks, Anneliese Mackintosh and Katrina Naomi all came together under the Main Marquee to read to an audience of early birds and eager beavers. We […]

Making Notebooks with Caroline Cleave

By Betty Mayhew Day Two of this year’s North Cornwall Book Festival kicked off with a notebook-making workshop with artist, Caroline Cleave. Our bloggers, Betty & Alyanna, went down to see what it was all about: Physically making your own notebook is a hands-on, personal experience, something which Caroline Cleave perfectly encompassed in her workshop […]

Gavin Knight Talks Fishing, Journalism & Cornish Politics: Part One

By Day Lilico Gavin Knight, author of Hood Rat,  will be giving us at the North Cornwall Book Festival a reading of excerpts from his latest book, The Swordfish and the Star, on Sunday night. To find out more about this talented writer and journalist, I was lucky enough to get an interview with him this week. […]

In Conversation with Simon Grennan: Part One

By Benjamin G. Wilson In preparation for Simon Grennan’s appearance at this year’s North Cornwall Book Festival, Benjamin G. Wilson caught up with him to talk about his graphic novel, Dispossession, an adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s John Caldigate. In this first half of the interview, Ben and Simon talk about adaptation, translation, and the readers’ relationship to […]

The Tail of Liz Kessler

By Day Lilico This year at the North Cornwall Book Festival, we kicked off a jam-packed weekend with a day full of events for children and young adults. The first of the incredible line-up of authors this year was the mythical Liz Kessler, who was born in Southport but now lives in our own lovely […]