Here’s the programme for North Cornwall Book Festival 2019. Happy shopping. You can purchase tickets using Paypal or card.
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Bagas Degol and Annamaria Murphy: The Winding World
Friday 4th October, 19:30, St John the Evangelist Church, Delabole
Some clocks strike the dawn, some strike midnight, some strike not at all…. The Winding World is based on the true tale of a baby found in the snow in a Cornish cove – a love story set in a community with all its secrets, oddities and humanity. The piece interweaves original songs, stories and soundtrack written by the company.
Schools Day 1: Bookworms (8-11 year olds)
Thursday 10th October, 09:30-14:45, Main Marquee and other venues,
Sorry but this event has sold out.
Our lively workshops for 8-11 year olds will be run by a multi-talented quintet of writers and artists: Liz Kessler, Matt Windle, Sue Field, Anna Chorlton and Martin Brown.
Concert: Gabrielle Ducomble
Friday 11th October, 19:30, St Endellion Church
Gabrielle Ducomble has wowed audiences in Ronnie Scott’s, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. We’re incredibly lucky to be welcoming this London-based Belgian jazz singer to St Endellion. London Jazz News said, “Wow. Just wow.” Trust us: you will, too.
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.
Workshop: Glenn Waldron on Writing Plays
Saturday 12th October, 10:00-13:00, Stone Barn
Join Devon-born playwright and screenwriter Glenn Waldron for a fun, practical workshop exploring the basics of playwriting. Whether you have an idea but haven’t got round to developing it or want to find some initial inspiration, Glenn will help you explore how to get it out of your head and on the page – from character to stage and setting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, 13:00-14:00, Main Marquee
David Nicholls won legions of readers with his modern romances One Day and Us and is equally successful as a screenwriter both in adapting his own work – Starter for 10 – and that of others – his Patrick Melrose has won him a 2019 BAFTA. Sweet Sorrow is a bittersweet evocation of 1990s adolescence and first love, drawing on his own first love, Shakespeare. He’ll be in conversation with novelist, Patrick Gale.
Workshop: Writing for Children and Young Adults
Saturday 12th October, 14:00-17:00, Stone Barn
In this practical writing workshop New York Times bestselling author Liz Kessler will present a range of writing exercises designed to spark the imagination and explore a variety of voices, points of view and writing styles. The focus will be on writing, sharing and having fun!
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, 16:00-17:00, Main Marquee
Raynor Winn’s memoir, The Salt Path, was last year’s sleeper hit, buttonholing thousands of readers with its story of how she and her husband Moth reacted to disaster and looming tragedy by leaving their lives behind to walk the length of the South West Coast Path.
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.
Concert: The Blackheart Orchestra
Saturday 12th October, 19:30pm, St Endellion Church
The Blackheart Orchestra is one of the must-see bands of 2019, described by the Daily Express as “Ethereal”, BBC Radio 2 as “A great band” and by Genesis legend Steve Hackett as “Beautiful, powerful and inspiring”. Its members are award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington.
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.
A Festival of Love: North Cornwall Poems and Prose
October 13th 11:00-12:00 St Endellion Church
Oxford Professor of Systematic Theology, Paul Fiddes, leads an original service he has devised around his anthology of specially submitted works on the theme of love. You are invited to submit poems and short pieces of prose (maximum 300 words) on the theme of love. Entries to email@example.com by Tuesday 13th August.
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.
Workshop: Cornish in Three Hours
Sunday 13th October, 14:00-17:00, Stone Barn
Dismissed by some as a long dead language, cherished by others for its lyric potential, Cornish is undergoing a revival in which enthusiast and experienced tutor, Mark Trevethan is here to help you share. In three hours he’ll give you a whistle-stop tour of the language, its sounds, constructions and charms and will aim to send you away determined to sign up for a regular class.
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.