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 12th October, 11:30-12:30, St Endellion Church
This event with Michael Morpurgo has sold out. If you would like to go on a waiting list for returns, please e mail your name, phone number and the number of tickets you require to email@example.com. Additionally, there will be a number of seats available at the last minute, once all advance ticket-holders are seated, if you would like to turn up and queue. The venue being a church, these seats will have restricted view.
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.
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, 14:30-15:30, St Endellion Church
Philip Reeve is a Dartmoor-based author and illustrator of such children’s books as the Buster Baylis series. He is primarily known for the 2001 book Mortal Engines and its sequels, Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain. Here Lies Arthur won the Carnegie Medal in 2007. With Fever Crumb, he initiated a series of Mortal Engines prequels. Recently he’s created another, very different future world in the Railhead trilogy and its these books he’ll be discussing with us.
Imtiaz Dharker and Zaffar Kunial
Sunday 13th October, 14:30-15:30, Main Marquee
This year’s poetry reading comes from two distinguished poets peculiarly well placed to write about questions of belonging and identity. Imtiaz Dharker is a Lahore-born, Glasgow-raised poet, artist and documentary filmmaker. She has won the Queen’s Gold Medal but famously declined the Laureateship this year to focus on her writing. Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and lives in Hebden Bridge and celebrates his mixed Pakistani-Anglo-Scottish heritage in his work. His debut collection, Us, was shortlisted for the 2018 T S Eliot Prize and the Costa Poetry Award.
Sunday October 13th, Main Marquee, 16:00-17:00
Damien Lewis is a Sunday Times number one bestselling author and filmmaker who has spent over twenty years reporting from and writing about conflict zones in many countries. He has produced about twenty films and written more than fifteen books, some of which have been published in over thirty languages and several of which are currently being developed as films or television projects. He’ll be talking about SAS Italian Job, his latest to focus on crazily risky SAS operations in WW2.
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.