Podcasts

This is our growing sound archive from where you can stream or download free podcasts of festival events. Handy for those of you who couldn’t make it, or who had such a great time you want to live it all over again!

The seventh North Cornwall Book Festival concluded with this conversation between Windham-Campbell Prize-winning writer Tessa Hadley and Patrick Gale, recorded in St Endellion Church. The two discuss Tessa’s newest novel, Late in the Day, the art of writing and the human psyche. A literary moment not to be missed.

Oct 13 2019

Damien Lewis, the Sunday Times number one bestselling author and filmmaker, gives his North Cornwall audience a fascinating talk about SAS Italian Job, his latest book on crazily risky SAS operations in WW2.

Oct 13 2019

Deborah Moggach, the author behind such hugely popular novels as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Ex-Wives and Tulip Fever, is interviewed here by writer Cathy Rentzenbink. Download to hear them chat about Deborah’s latest book The Carer, as well as families, marriages and writing.

Oct 13 2019

Sophie Ratcliffe, academic, writer and literary critic, talks to Cathy Rentzenbrink about her unique and moving memoir, Lost Properties of Love. “It’s sort of Brief Encounter, but with more sex, and Lego… and fish fingers.”

Oct 13 2019

An unmissable conversation with Barbara Hosking and Petroc Trelawney. Hear how Barbara’s extraordinary life has shaped the political landscape, the realities of being an ambitious young woman in the 1950s, how she came to terms with her sexuality and much more as they discuss her autobiography Exceeding My Brief: Memoirs of a Disobedient Civil Servant.

Oct 13 2019

Patrick Gale interviews singer, songwriter and writer Tracey Thorn about adolescence and suburbia, as depicted in her memoir Another Planet.

Oct 12th 2019.

Raynor Winn, writer of chart-topper The Salt Path, discusses what it means to have a home, and the extraordinary journey of her life so far, with Lisa Cooper.

Oct 12th 2019.

Bestselling writer John Boyne discusses his latest book for adults, A Ladder to the Sky, with broadcaster Petroc Trelawney.

Oct 12th 2019.

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Journalist and extreme runner Adharanand Finn talks to Freddie Kimpton about The Rise of the Ultra Runners, his new book.

Oct 12th 2019

The wonderful novelist and screenwriter David Nicholls talks to Patrick Gale about his latest book, Sweet Sorrow.

Oct 12th 2019

Legendary children’s writer Michael Morpurgo holds the wrapt attention of his audience in St Endellion Church. Hear him talk about the the refugee crisis, his relationship with Cornwall, and his latest book Boy Giant, in one of the most special events of the 2019 festival.

Oct 12th 2019

Cornish ‘wild writer’ Natasha Carthew, who has published poetry and several young adult novels, talks about her first book for adults, All Rivers Run Free. Part of our Cream of Cornish event.

Oct 12th 2019

S K Tremayne is one of the two pseudonyms of journalist, Sean Thomas, who also writes archaeological and religious thrillers under the name of Tom Knox. Here he reads from his chilling new book The Assistant. Part of our Cream of Cornish event.

Oct 12th 2019

Mary J Oliver is known in West Cornwall as an artist and innovative art teacher. Hear her read from her debut publication, Jim Neat, a fictionalised memoir containing poetry, prose and photographs. Part of our Cream of Cornish event.

Oct 12th 2019

Distinguished literary theologian Paul Fiddes reads from his Murdochian whodunnit, A Unicorn Dies. Part of our Cream of Cornish event.

Oct 12th 2019

“Why do you write about the awful things that happen in the world?”
In this incredibly insightful question and answer session with local secondary school students, John Boyne talks about what it means to be a writer in 2019. Listen until the end to hear a brand new poem.

Oct 11th 2019

Hip hop or Shakespeare?

Matt Windle, the Poet with Punch, catches local teens and their teachers off guard with quotes from hip hop artists and the works of Shakespeare, in this clip from his poetry workshop.

Oct 11th 2019

“He’s in the national belly-flopping competition!”
Best-selling Cornwall-based author Liz Kessler works with pupils from local secondary schools in this snippet from her creative writing workshop.

Oct 11th 2019

Martin Brown, illustrator of the hugely successful Horrible Histories books, leads an action-packed talk full of jokes, stories, live drawing and audience participation, based on the Horrible Histories and the recent acclaimed Lesser Spotted Animals books.

Oct 10th 2019

Mazed Tales: Writer Anna Chorlton and storyteller Sue Field begin their children’s writing workshop based on Cornish Folk Tales of Place, a collection of tales from North and East Cornwall, with the help of their friendly marionette Nellie Slogget.

Oct 10th 2019

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Legendary Irish novelist, Anne Enright in conversation with Patrick Gale about the mothers in her novels and the mother in her life, among many other things…

Oct 7th 2018

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Laurence Rose talks about his book The Long Spring in which he traces the arrival of Spring from North Africa to North Norway, watching his beloved birds as he goes.

Oct 7th 2018

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Jill Murphy, author of countless children’s books, not least the Worst Witch ones, shares her journey to becoming one of the world’s best loved author/illustrators via her ingenious childhood experiments.

Oct 7th 2018

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Andrew McMillan and Kate Clanchy read from their poetry collections in St Endellion Church.

Oct 7th 2018

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Natalie Haynes gives one of her breathless, unique stand-up routines where she riffs on themes from the beliefs and literature of the Ancient Greeks and Romans.

Oct 7th 2018

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Horatio Clare talks about and reads from his book Icebreaker, about his journey into the frozen north of Finland.

Oct 7th 2018

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Wyl Menmuir and Fiona Mozley, both Booker-nominated for their dark first novels, The Many and Elmet, in conversation about landscape, Gothic and more.

Oct 7th 2018

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Patrick Gale and Nina Stibbe discuss their 1970s-set novels, Take Nothing With You and Paradise Lodge, and their mothers, their adolescences and and and…

Oct 6th 2018

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Sometime hermit, Neil Ansell, talk to historian, Lisa Cooper about encroaching deafness, the conflicting demands of family life and the impulse to solitude and his search for the ultimate extremes of landscape in The Last Wildnerness.

Oct 6th 2018

Philip Hoare talks about his book risingtidefallingstar, a prose poem to our enduring fascination with the deep and its creatures.

Oct 6th 2018

Martin Brown, illustrator of Horrible Histories, entertains a packed out St Endellion Church with a demonstration of how he conjures up his Lesser Spotted Animals.

Oct 6th 2018

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Joanna Trollope is interviewed by Cathy Rentzenbrink about her novel, An Unsuitable Match.

Oct 6th 2018

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Aida Edemariam is interviewed by Cathy Rentzenbrink about her family memoir, The Wife’s Tale.

Oct 6th 2018

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Stephen Price-Brown reads from his memoir, The Riddle of the Waves, about his adventure sailing around the UK on a traditional tall ship with a crew of war-scarred veterans.

Oct 6th 2018.

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Felicity Notley reads to the Cream of Cornish session from her site specific story, I Turn on My Own Axis.

Oct 6th 2018.

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David Taylor reads to the Cream of Cornish session from his novel, The Man who Lived Twice.

Oct 6th 2018.

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Lucy Wood reads to the Cream of Cornish session from her story, Standing Water, from her collection The Sing of the Shore.

Oct 6th 2018.

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Laura Wood talks about her young adult novel, A Sky Painted Gold.

Oct 5th 2018.

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Natalie Haynes blasts Cornish secondary school students out of their pews with a whistle stop tour of Oedipus Rex, Greek Tragedy, democracy and why it all matters.

Oct 5th 2018.

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Laura Wood on her Poppy Pym series.

Oct 4th 2018.

Ross Montgomery, author of Max and the Millions, works with Cornish primary schoolchildren on their creative processes.

Oct 4th 2018.

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Vivian French talks to Cornish primary schoolchildren about her writing process.

Oct 4th 2018.

John Dougherty on the importance of play.

Oct 4th 2018.

John Dougherty sings the Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face song.

Oct 4th 2018.

Art historian Alan Powers on the life and works of Edward Ardizzone.

Oct 7th 2017.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown challenges her audience to be bolder in a climate of racial tension.
Oct 8th 2017.

Lynn Knight on the stories clothes can tell us and the importance of Sindy doll.
Oct 8th 2017.

Bestselling writer Sarah Winman discusses her new novel ‘Tin Man’ with Jim Naughtie.
Oct 8th 2017.

Dame Hermione Lee talks to Patrick Gale about Edith Wharton, Penelope Fitzgerald and the writing of biographies.
Oct 8th 2017

Costa prizewinner Maggie O’Farrell talks to Patrick Gale about ‘I Am, I Am, I Am’, her memoir of near-death experiences.
Oct 7th 2017

“You can make a story from anything!”
Children’s author Eleanor Updale shows pupils her Boring Bag and collaborates on an extraordinary story.
Oct 5th 2017

Emily Barr gives pupils in her workshop tips on writing three dimensional characters. Oct 5th 2017.

Children’s writer Christopher William Hill creates uproar and gets upstaged by a bee.
Oct 7th 2017.

Petrus Ursem reads from his young adult thriller, ‘The Fortune of the Seventh Stone’.
Oct 7th 2017.

Carla Vermaat reads from her Cornish-set crime novel, ‘Tregunna’.

Oct 7th 2017.

Cornish author Rob Turner reads from ‘Inward’, the first book in his post-apocalyptic saga ‘Perception’.
Oct 7th 2017.

Rose Hilton discusses her extraordinary life and art with an old friend, actor Dudley Sutton.
Oct 7th 2017.

Local author Wyl Menmuir reads from Booker Prize longlisted ‘The Many’.
Oct 7th 2017.

“I’d like you to imagine that you’re in the Amazon rainforest…”
Pascale Petit reads in St Endellion Church.
Oct 7th 2017.

Poet/boxer Matt Windle explains part of his creative process to teens. Oct 5th 2017.

Bestselling author Matt Haig talks to Eleanor Updale about his latest book, ‘How To Stop Time’.
Oct 7th 2017.

Broadcaster and writer James Naughtie discusses the allure of secret worlds and his latest spy thriller, ‘Paris Spring’.
Oct 7th 2017.

Alyson Hallett reads in St Endellion Church.
Oct 7th 2017.

A track from Wild Willy Barrett and the French Connection who played for us on October 22 2016.

A track from Senegalese virtuoso Amadou Diagne and Group Yakar who played for us on October 21st.

Readings by performance poet, Rob Barratt. Oct 22 2016

Reading from The Mysterious Loss of the Darlwyne by Martin Banks. Oct 22 2016

Anneliese Mackintosh reads from Any Other Mouth. Oct 22 2016

Readings by Katrina Naomi. Oct 22 2016

Rachel Joyce interviewed by Patrick Gale. Oct 22 2016

Readings by Ian Adams. Oct 22 2016

Rupert Thomson interviewed by Andrew Miller. Oct 22 2016

Readings by Jackie Kay. Oct 22 2016

Readings by Robert Wilton. Oct 23 2016

Vanessa Matthews reads from The Doctor’s Daughter. Oct 23 2016

Tom Vowler reads his short story An Arrangement. Oct 23 2016

Simon Grennan talks about his graphic novel, Disposession. Oct 23 2016

Katharine Norbury interviewed by Jackie Kay. Oct 23 2016

Charlotte Hobson reads from The Vanishing Futurist. Oct 23 2016

Andrew Miller interviewed by Rupert Thomson. Oct 23 2016

Gavin Knight reads from The Swordfish and the Star. Songs from Stamp and Go. Oct 23 2016