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May 2017
Megan Stallworthy Fowey Festival

Saturday 6th May

Bookbinding Workshop

Longstitch Variations

11.00am to 5.00pm

Parish Hall £40.00

Longstitch binding is an historic bookbinding method with decorative, exposed stitching on the spine of the book. You will learn traditional bookbinding skills including measuring, folding and sewing techniques, and take home three beautiful handmade books.

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Samba Kernow Fowey Festival

Saturday 6th May

Samba Kernow

Brazilian Drumming Band

11.00am to 1.00pm

Fowey Town Quay Free

We are delighted to welcome back to the Festival, Samba Kernow a lively Brazilian drumming band, based in Liskeard. They will be playing their highly energetic and energizing music, starting on the Town Quay.

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Guided Walks Fowey Festival

Saturday 6th May

A Tale of Two Rivers

Guided walk led by Mark

11.00am to 3.30pm

£10.00

Stroll along the ancient wooded banks linking Lerryn Creek with the River Fowey, hear tales that evoke echoes of a byegone age.

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Robin Lustig Lunch Fowey Festival 2017

Saturday 6th May

Drinks Reception & Lunch

12.30pm to 2.00pm

The Fowey Hotel £25.00

This year’s du Maurier luncheon will be held in the wonderful surroundings of the Fowey Hotel, commencing with a drinks reception at 12.30pm, followed by a two course lunch and coffee. We are privileged to have with us Robin Lustig who will be delivering the 2017 luncheon address.

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Robin Lustig Fowey Festival

Supported by:

Biteback Publishing

Saturday 6th May

Robin Lustig

Is Anything Happening? My Life as a Newsman

4.00pm to 5.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

Veteran BBC reporter and presenter Robin Lustig looks back at his career as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and the Observer in the Middle East, Balkans and USA and at his time as a BBC presenter on programmes such as The World Tonight.

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Saturday 6th May

Joanna Moorhead

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

6.00pm to 7.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

Guardian journalist Joanna Moorhead tells the story of her lost relation, debutante Leonora Carrington OBE, who absconded to Mexico. She became one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930’s, a founding member of the women’s liberation movement and national treasure in her adopted land.  Joanna set off to discover more after learning that her father’s cousin, rarely spoken of by her family, was now a famous artist having disappeared decades earlier. Carrington died in 2011 but,…

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Al Marconi Fowey Festival

Saturday 6th May

Al Marconi

8.00pm to 9.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

Internationally acclaimed composer and recording artist Al Marconi has been performing professionally for more then twenty five years, during which time he has notched up tens of thousands of album sales and gone on to become one of the most loved Spanish guitarists on YouTube with views totalling more then 20 million!

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Guided Walks Fowey Festival

Sunday 7th May

Rebecca

Guided walk led by Lynn

10.00am to 3.30pm

£10.00

The walk starts by visiting Polridmouth Cove, the setting for the shipwreck scene in Rebecca. The reward for the climb up to Gribbin Head is stunning views from the coast path over St Austell Bay.

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Guided Walks Fowey Festival

Sunday 7th May

Bodinnick Byways

Guided walk led by Helen

10.30am to 12.30pm

£8.00

A shorter walk to explore the nooks and crannies of this ancient settlement and gateway to Fowey; the first home of the du Maurier family and where Daphne’s writing career began.

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Dr Laura Varnam Fowey Festival

Sponsored by:

The Jamaica Inn

Sunday 7th May

Dr Laura Varnam

A Reading Group - The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier

11.00am to 12.00pm

The Fowey Hotel £10.00

Come along to the Fowey Hotel for an informal reading group discussion of du Maurier’s 1957 novel The Scapegoat, with Dr Laura Varnam from University College, Oxford.

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Sunday 7th May

Gardeners Question Time

Experts from the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery

2.00pm to 3.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £8.00

Meet our panel of gardening experts and come armed with all your gardening questions. Rob Crowle, has been with the nursery for 25 years. His horticultural knowledge is broad and impressive, with trees, shrubs, houseplants, pests and diseases being areas of particular expertise.

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Joel & Jason Fowey Festival

Supported by:

Penguin Books Ltd

Sunday 7th May

Ladybird Books for Grown Ups

Meet the Duo Behind the Series: Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley

4.00pm to 5.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £8.00

Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups are the hysterical and nostalgic pocket-sized guides to life, which have become a publishing phenomenon since first hitting the shelves in October 2015, selling in excess of 3.5 million copies.

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Dr Helen Doe Fowey Festival

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The Jamaica Inn

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Sunday 7th May

Helen Doe

‘I, too, would find my Ship': Daphne du Maurier's Passion for the Sea

6.00pm to 7.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £8.00

Daphne du Maurier’s early writing was heavily influenced by the seas around her in Cornwall. She used local history, her personal knowledge of sailing in local waters and skilfully wove them into fiction.

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Jonathan Delbridge Fowey Festival

Sunday 7th May

A Musical Evening with Jonathan Delbridge

8.00pm to 10.00pm

St Fimbarrus Church £15.00

Join us for a wonderful evening with the highly acclaimed, Jonathan Delbridge. He is well known for his exciting and varied concert programmes on both the piano and organ.

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Calligraphy Fowey Festival

Monday 8th May

Calligraphy Workshop

Colourful Celtic Uncial Calligraphy

10.00am to 4.00pm

Parish Hall £40.00

This artistic workshop is aimed at introducing Celtic ‘Uncial’ calligraphy, a wonderful rich lettering comprising of a curious mixture of capitals and minuscule. Working from its traditional roots, we will cover the principles of making good letterforms using an edged pen.

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Guided Walks Fowey Festival

Monday 8th May

Maritime Charlestown

Guided walk led by Helen

10.30am to 12.30pm

£6.00

The picturesque port of Charlestown was created in 1799 as a mineral port. This walk explores its history from its early days as a tiny fishing village and its transformation into a shipping community with a wide range of occupations such as shipbuilders, mariners, sailmakers and more up to WW2.

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Dr Laura Varnam Fowey Festival

Sponsored by:

The Jamaica Inn

Monday 8th May

Dr Laura Varnam

Introducing The Canterbury Tales: On Pilgrimage with Geoffrey Chaucer

11.00am to 12.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

Dr Laura Varnam is known at the Festival as a Du Maurier expert but in her day job she teaches Medieval Literature at University College, Oxford.

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Al Trenary Fowey Festival

Monday 8th May

In and Around St Fimbarrus Church From 696 – 2017

A history talk with Al Trenary

12.30pm to 1.30pm

St Fimbarrus Church £5.00

Find out about the influence of the Irish, the French, the Spanish and the Normans on this medieval church.

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Polly Gregson Fowey Festival

Monday 8th May

Polly Gregson

The Journey to Castle Dor

2.00pm to 3.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £8.00

What is it like to finish writing another author’s novel?

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Guided Walks Fowey Festival

Monday 8th May

Wind in The Willows

River cruise, led by Lynn

3.45pm to 6.15pm

£15.75

A delightful cruise up to the riverside village of Lerryn. Hear tales from your local guide about the riverbank and the life of Kenneth Grahame.

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Dr Laura Varnam Fowey Festival

Sponsored by:

The Jamaica Inn

Monday 8th May

du Maurier Storytime

with Dr Laura Varnam

4.00pm to 5.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £8.00

Settle down and make yourself comfortable as Dr Laura Varnam reads you a story!

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Dr Helen Doe Fowey Festival

Sponsored by:

The Jamaica Inn

Monday 8th May

Recreating Daphne’s Inspirational Ship

The Jane Slade Project

6.00pm to 7.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

Come and find out about this new project to build a ship in the style of the one that inspired Daphne du Maurier.

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Festival Jazz Fowey Festival

Monday 8th May

Festival Jazz Evening

Tina May and the Craig Milverton Trio

8.00pm to 10.00pm

St Fimbarrus Church £15.00

A marvellous opportunity to hear a performer rated by The Observer as “one of the best jazz vocalists anywhere today” and “that great rarity, a singer who enhances a song”.

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Music Score Fowey Festival

Tuesday 9th May

Andy Virr

Choir Workshop

10.00am to 12.00pm

St Fimbarrus Church £15.00

Tap into your inner Glee and Malone for a Pitch Perfect morning session of singing. Hospital Consultant and Fowey River Singers Music Director, Andy Virr, has a passion for all things choral. 

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Guided Walks Fowey Festival

Tuesday 9th May

Lostwithiel Circular

Led by Mark

10.00am to 1.00pm

£7.50

Follow the River Fowey downstream to discover another side of the historic town.

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Fowey Rachel Lambert

Tuesday 9th May

Rachel Lambert

Edible Seaweed Foray

11.00am to 1.00pm

The Fowey Hotel £15.00

Join award winning author and foraging guide, Rachel Lambert, on a practical, hands-on (or in, rock-pools) seaweed foray down to Readymoney Beach.

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Erin Kelly Fowey Festival

Supported by:

Hodder & Stoughton

Tuesday 9th May

Erin Kelly

In conversation with Veronica Henry

2.00pm to 3.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

Reported as the suspense novel of 2017, Erin Kelly talks about her atmospheric new novel He Said/She Said. Kit and Laura, young and in love, pledge to travel the globe and see as many eclipses as possible.

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Guided Walks Fowey Festival

Tuesday 9th May

Wind in The Willows

River cruise, led by Lynn

3.45pm to 6.15pm

£15.75

A delightful cruise up to the riverside village of Lerryn. Hear tales from your local guide about the riverbank and the life of Kenneth Grahame.

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Rachael Lambert

Tuesday 9th May

Rachel Lambert

Super Seaweeds: Celebrating Cornish Sea Vegetables

4.00pm to 5.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £15.00

In this visual talk and slideshow, Rachel will introduce edible seaweeds; the how, why, when and what of our Cornish waters. From sugar kelp to gutweed, from soups, to desserts, expect a colourful, inspiring presentation.

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Veronica Henry Fowey Festival

Supported by:

Orion Publishing

Tuesday 9th May

Exclusive Book Launch

The Forever House by Veronica Henry

6.00pm to 7.00pm

The Royal Fowey Yacht Club £15.00

Come and enjoy a glass of bubbly at an exclusive pre-publication launch of bestselling author Veronica Henry’s sixteenth novel’ The Forever House.

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St Austell Brass Band Fowey Festival

Tuesday 9th May

St Austell Brass Band & The Fowey River Singers

In Concert

8.00pm to 10.00pm

St Fimbarrus Church £10.00

After their sell-out concert at last year’s Festival, St Austell Brass Band and The Fowey River Singers join forces once again for an evening of musical delights. Each will perform from their own varied repertoires and then join for songs including Time to Say Goodbye and You’ll Never Walk Alone.

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Dr Laura Varnam Fowey Festival

Sponsored by:

The Jamaica Inn

Wednesday 10th May

Dr Laura Varnam

A Reading Group - The Flight of the Falcon by Daphne du Maurier

9.30am to 10.30am

The Fowey Hotel £10.00

Come along to the Fowey Hotel for an informal reading group discussion of du Maurier’s 1965 novel The Flight of the Falcon, with Dr Laura Varnam from University College, Oxford. Laura is a du Maurier enthusiast, researcher, and a regular contributor to the Festival.

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Guided Walks Fowey Festival

Wednesday 10th May

du Maurier’s Fowey

Led by Lynn

10.15am to 1.00pm

£8.50

Having lived in the area around Fowey for much of her life Daphne used the town in many of her novels, albeit in various guises.

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Avril Horner & Sue Ziosnik Fowey Festival

Sponsored by:

The Jamaica Inn

Wednesday 10th May

Avril Horner & Sue Zlosnik

Daphne du Maurier and History

11.00am to 12.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

Daphne du Maurier’s ability to bring the past vividly to life has helped to make her one of the great writers of the twentieth century. Her most famous fictional works carry the reader into a Cornwall of earlier and, in spite of her reputation as a romantic novelist, harsher times.

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Chitarristi Guitar Trio Fowey Festival

Wednesday 10th May

I Chitarristi Guitar Trio

Lunchtime Classical Recital

12.30pm to 1.30pm

St Fimbarrus Church Free

I Chitarristi Guitar Trio – Matthew, Michael and Cathy formed their musical trio in early 2015. They played their first classical recital in November 2016 in Falmouth Church K.C.M, receiving rave reviews.

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Helen Taylor & Carol Dyhouse owes Festival

Wednesday 10th May

Carol Dyhouse & Helen Taylor

Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire

2.00pm to 3.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

Professors Carol Dyhouse and Helen Taylor discuss the heartthrobs from: Byron, Mr Darcy and Christian Grey to today’s boy-bands. In her new book, Heartthrobs: A History of Women and Desire, Dyhouse draws upon literature, cinema and popular romance to explain how the changing position of women has shaped their dreams about men.

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Ed Docx & Kris Doyle Fowey Festival

Supported by:

Pan Macmillan

Wednesday 10th May

Edward Docx & Kris Doyle

The All Important Author Editor Relationship

4.00pm to 5.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

Having the motivation and inspiration to write a book is just the beginning of a long journey. Author Edward Docx will be in conversation with his Editor Kris Doyle, of Pan Macmillan Publishers, about his latest book Let Go My Hand and the journey he took to write it.

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Guided Walks Fowey Festival

Wednesday 10th May

Wind in The Willows

River cruise, led by Lynn

4.15pm to 6.45pm

£15.75

A delightful cruise up to the riverside village of Lerryn. Hear tales from your local guide about the riverbank and the life of Kenneth Grahame.

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Tom Fort Fowey Design

Supported by:

Simon and Scuster

Wednesday 10th May

Tom Fort

Village News

6.00pm to 7.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £8.00

The Village News is a whimsical, funny and informative travelogue by pedal power of a variety of villages across our nation. It encapsulates, or showcases all the best elements of what could be seen as the English village.

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Rebecca Film Fowey Festival

Sponsored by:

The Jamaica Inn

Wednesday 10th May

du Maurier Film Evening

Rebecca (1940)

8.00pm to 10.15pm

The Fowey Town Hall £5.00

Join us for a Festival film evening. Written by Daphne du Maurier and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Rebecca is the story of a young woman who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier.

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Guided Walks Fowey Festival

Thursday 11th May

Polperro, A Picturesque Place

Led by Mark

10.00am to 12.30pm

£7.00

There is more to Polperro than smuggling despite what the history books say. The village has for many years been a magnet for artists, writers and even film directors including Alfred Hitchcock.

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Ed Docx Fowey Festival

Supported by:

Pan Macmillan

Thursday 11th May

How to Structure your Novel

A Workshop with Edward Docx

11.00am to 12.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

here’s no denying that writing a novel is a serious challenge – but the whole process is easier if your story has a clear and workable structure. During this unique masterclass with award-winning novelist Ed Docx, you’ll learn how to fine-tune the framework for your story, and navigate the testing journey from initial concept to completed first draft.

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Lynn Goold and Helen Taylor Festival

Sponsored by:

The Jamaica Inn

Thursday 11th May

Lynn Goold & Helen Taylor

Twenty Years of the du Maurier Festival

2.00pm to 3.15pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

In celebration of Daphne du Maurier’s life and her long-term hometown Fowey. 1997 saw the launch of The Daphne du Maurier Festival of Arts and Literature. Twenty years on, the Festival is an established annual event that continues to celebrate local, national and international writers.

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Guided Walks Fowey Festival

Thursday 11th May

du Maurier’s Fowey

Led by Dawn

2.00pm to 4.45pm

£8.50

Having lived in the area around Fowey for much of her life Daphne used the town in many of her novels, albeit in various guises.

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Roger Ryman Fowey Festival

Sponsored by:

St Austell Brewery

Thursday 11th May

Roger Ryman

Master Brewer - St Austell Brewery

4.00pm to 5.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

A Master Brewer, Roger Ryman became Head Brewer at St Austell Brewery in 1999. Twice awarded Brewer of the Year, Roger’s creativity and brewing nous have helped ensure St Austell’s position at the leading edge of UK brewing.

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Michael Morpurgo Fowey Festival

Supported by:

Harper Collins

Thursday 11th May

Michael Morpurgo

Why the Whales Came

6.00pm to 7.00pm

St Fimbarrus Church £12.00

Poet, playwright, and award winning story teller of exceptional children’s literature, including the bestselling War Horse, Michael Morpurgo has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Carnegie Medal, and has won even more.

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Lady Carol & Sir Karl Jenkins Fowey Festival

Thursday 11th May

Sir Karl & Lady Jenkins

In conversation with the Rev. Philip de Grey-Warter

8.00pm to 9.30pm

St Fimbarrus Church £15.00

Knighted in 2015 for his contribution to music, Sir Karl Jenkins is the world’s most performed living composer. His mass The Armed Man has been performed over 2,000 times with the CD in the ‘classical’ charts for 600 weeks.

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Secret Gardens Fowey Festival

Friday 12th May

Secret Gardens

10.00am to 6.00pm

Fowey is full of little alleyways, hidden houses and secret gardens. A range of Secret Gardens in and around Fowey, most never having been open to the public before, will be open on Friday and Saturday 12th and 13th May during the Festival.

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Guided Walks Fowey Festival

Friday 12th May

Tywardreath & Par

Guided walk led by Lynn

10.30am to 1.00pm

£7.00

House on the Strand, Kings General and Rule Britannia just three of Daphne’s novels that take in the landscape of Tywardreath and Par.

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Tatiana de Rosnay Fowey Festival

Sponsored by:

The Jamaica Inn

Friday 12th May

Tatiana de Rosnay

Manderley Forever

11.00am to 12.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

We are delighted to welcome best-selling novelist and writer Tatiana de Rosnay to the Fowey Festival to talk about her new biography of Daphne du Maurier, Manderley Forever.

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Veronica Henry Fowey Festival

Supported by:

Orion Books

Friday 12th May

Veronica Henry

The Forever House

2.00pm to 3.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

Following the exclusive party for the launch of her book at the Festival, bestselling author Veronica Henry talks about her enticing new novel, The Forever House, which was inspired by the constant search for her dream home.

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Film Premier Fowey Festival

Sponsored by:

The Jamaica Inn

Friday 12th May

UK Film Premier & Panel Discussion

Daphne du Maurier: In the Footsteps of Rebecca

4.00pm to 6.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £12.00

The Festival is delighted to host the first English screening of the new documentary about Daphne du Maurier, shown on European culture channel Arte in February 2017.

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Gypfunk Fowey Festival

Friday 12th May

Gypfunk

A Musical Soirée

8.00pm to 10.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £12.00

Immerse yourself in continental ambiance for a special soirée with Gypfunk. This quirky quartet from North Devon perform curiously engaging French songs with shades of chanson, infectious swing-shuffle and balkanesque cool.

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Secret Gardens Fowey Festival

Saturday 13th May

Secret Gardens

10.00am to 6.00pm

Fowey is full of little alleyways, hidden houses and secret gardens. A range of Secret Gardens in and around Fowey, most never having been open to the public before, will be open on Friday and Saturday 12th and 13th May during the Festival.

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Guided Walks Fowey Festival

Saturday 13th May

Maritime Charlestown

Guided walk led by Helen

10.30am to 12.30pm

£6.00

The picturesque port of Charlestown was created in 1799 as a mineral port. This walk explores its history from its early days as a tiny fishing village and its transformation into a shipping community with a wide range of occupations such as shipbuilders, mariners, sailmakers and more up to WW2.

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ALI LAND Fowey Festival

Saturday 13th May

Ali Land

The Journey of a Debut Author

11.00am to 12.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £8.00

We are delighted to welcome debut author, Ali Land to this year’s Festival. After graduating from university with a degree in Mental Health, Ali spent a decade working as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse in both hospitals and schools in the UK.

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Amanda Craig Fowey Festival

Saturday 13th May

Amanda Craig

In conversation with Daphne Skinnard

2.00pm to 3.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £8.00

Bestselling novelist, critic, journalist and short story writer, Amanda Craig discusses her latest novel The Lie of the Land with BBC Radio Cornwall’s Assistant Editor, Daphne Skinnard. Like many modern couples, Lottie and Quentin can’t afford to divorce.

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Saturday 13th May

Lulu Taylor & Veronica Henry

The ‘Big House’ in Literature

4.00pm to 5.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

From Manderley to Pemberley, from Blandings to Cold Comfort Farm, the house has always played a fascinating role in literature. Bestselling commercial fiction authors Lulu Taylor and Veronica Henry carry on the tradition, both featuring houses in their novels which are almost characters in their own right.

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The Story Republicans Fowey Festival

Saturday 13th May

The Story Republicans

Celebrating Charles Causley’s Centenary

6.00pm to 7.00pm

The Fowey Town Hall £10.00

These bright-eyed, much loved troubadours will wow you with song, stories and poetry written and inspired by Charles Causley. To celebrate Causley’s centenary, the Story Republicans have developed a repertoire of his poems, some spoken and some sung alongside newly commissioned work.

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Martin Bell Fowey Festival

Saturday 13th May

Martin Bell

War and The Death of News: Reflections of a Grade B Reporter

8.00pm to 9.00pm

St Fimbarrus Church £12.00

Since being offered the post of Grade B Reporter by the BBC in 1964, Martin Bell has spent more than half a century in the unquiet corners of the world, including four years in the surrogate war zone of the House of Commons.

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