Cream of Cornish
Saturday 12th October, 10:00-11:00, Main Marquee
Once again we kick off our first day of grown-up talks with a free cabaret of varied readings from the work of writers with a strong Cornish connection. Last year this proved an unexpected festival highlight and we’re sure this year’s line-up will be just as startling. Your compere will be novelist Patrick Gale.
Saturday October 12th, Main Marquee, 11:30-12:30
Financial Times and Guardian journalist Adharanand Finn took his obsession with long-distance running to a new level when he uprooted his young family to Kenya to research Running with the Kenyans. Now he has combined his twin passions for travel writing and extreme running in The Rise of the Ultra Runners.
Saturday 12th October, 14:30-15:30, Main Marquee
John Boyne’s phenomenal career as a novelist takes a new turn with Ladder to the Sky, a pitch black comedy that comes uncomfortably close to home with its merciless look at the secret inner life of a novelist who will stop at nothing! John will be in conversation with the BBC’s Petroc Trelawny.
Saturday 12th October, 17:30-18:30, Main Marquee
Tracey Thorn already had a huge following from her achievements as a singer-songwriter with Everything But the Girl and has acquired a whole extra one with her brutally honest memoirs, Bedsit Disco Queen and Naked at the Albert Hall. Her latest, Another Planet, a Teenager in Suburbia, delineates her bittersweet memories of the uneasy, uncertain years of living not quite in London and being not quite an adult.
Sunday 13th October, 10:00-11:00, Main Marquee
A professor of English Literature at Oxford and a regular reviewer for The Daily Telegraph, Sophie Ratcliffe has brought her wealth of reading to a haunting, utterly original memoir. The Lost Properties of Love interleaves meditations on her marriage, a doomed affair with an older man, memories of early bereavement, thoughts on Anna Karenina and the mournful poetry of train travel.
Sunday 13th October, 11:30-12:30, Main Marquee
Barbara Hosking is a Cornish scholarship girl who, at 92, now looks back over an extraordinary life in her lively memoir Exceeding My Brief. Between working on a copper mine in the African bush, serving as a press officer to Harold Wilson and Edward Heath, and pioneering British breakfast television, hers is a tale of breadth and bravery.
Sunday 13th October, 13:00-14:00, Main Marquee
Everyone has a favourite Moggach novel, from Tulip Fever and The Ex-Wives to These Foolish Things, which she adapted as the hugely popular film The Best Marigold Hotel. She’ll be in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink about her incredible career as both novelist and screenwriter, her work for Dignity in Dying and her new novel, The Carer, which wittily then movingly dissects the challenges faced by adult children too distracted to care for their father when he reaches that difficult age.
Sunday 13th October, 17:30-18:30, St Endellion Church
In 2016 Tessa Hadley’s accumulated achievements in fiction were finally recognised with a Windham-Campbell award – one of writing’s highest honours. She’ll be talking with Patrick Gale about her latest novel, Late in the Day, a quietly devastating account of marriage and friendship. Patrick, for one, cannot wait! If you and your reading group have yet to discover Tessa’s work, this would be a great place to start.