This year’s opening luncheon will be held in the recently refurbished, Fowey Harbour Hotel, commencing with a drinks reception followed by a two-course lunch and coffee. We are delighted to welcome our guest speaker, international bestselling author Diane Setterfield.
We are delighted to welcome bestselling author Diane Setterfield to the Festival to discuss her long-awaited, spellbinding new novel, Once Upon a River. Diane’s 2006 novel, The Thirteenth Tale, adapted for television starring Olivia Colman and Vanessa Redgrave, was a gothic masterpiece and her new novel is just as fascinating and haunting.
We are delighted to welcome international number one bestseller, Ruth Ware. Her first two thrillers, In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10, received international acclaim and appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including The Sunday Times and New York Times.
Patrick Gale’s novels have gained him an incredible following of committed readers and his 2017 drama for the BBC, Man in an Orange Shirt, attracted thousands more, winning the International Emmy Award for Best Movie/Mini-series in 2018.
Come along to The Fowey Hall Hotel for an informal reading group discussion of du Maurier’s fascinating short story collection, The Breaking Point (1959), with Dr Laura Varnam from University College, Oxford. Laura is a du Maurier expert, researcher, and regular contributor to the Festival.
While primarily known as a writer of novels and short stories, Daphne du Maurier was also an accomplished playwright. Her work for the theatre includes September Tide, The Years Between, and a stage adaptation of Rebecca.
A writer knows that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original. Today we bring four Cornish writers together to discuss their influences, giving examples from their own work.
Coinciding with the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, renowned World War II historian, writer and broadcaster, James Holland draws on unseen archives and testimonies from around the world to offer a new perspective on this historic time.
Come along to The Fowey Hall Hotel for an informal reading group discussion of du Maurier’s surprising second novel, I’ll Never Be Young Again (1932), with Dr Laura Varnam from University College, Oxford. Laura is a du Maurier expert, researcher, and regular contributor to the Festival.
Authors have long been inspired by Cornwall, perhaps because the Duchy's past is so distinctive. In today’s talk author and freelance journalist Sue Kittow, and historian and novelist Steph Haxton team up to explore walking the borders between 'now' and 'then'.
If anyone knows the meaning of happily, ever, after, it must be number one best selling fiction author, Katie Fforde. With her 25th novel just published, A Rose Petal Summer, she will be in conversation today with Veronica Henry.
Award winning and bestselling author Katie Fforde is currently the President of the Romantic Novelists Association and has written over twenty bestselling novels. Katie’s workshop is aimed at writers of any ability. She aims to cover character, plot, viewpoint and importantly, the market.
Catherine Alliott is the author of fifteen bestselling novels and is one of Britain's best-loved women's fiction authors. Her latest novel, A Cornish Summer, follows the story of Flora, who has the chance to escape her everyday life in London for the shady lanes and secluded coves of Cornwall, and to finally get over the love of her life.
This year sees two of Daphne du Maurier’s novels celebrate significant anniversaries. The House on the Strand (1969), one of Daphne’s best-loved Cornish novels, is 50 and The Parasites (1949), a lesser-known novel based on the theatrical background of the du Maurier family, is 70.
Nina Allan is a bestselling novelist and short story writer whose books receive high acclaim and have won several prizes, including the British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel, the Novella Award and the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire for Best Translated Work.
We are honoured to have returning to the Festival, The Sunday Times bestselling historical fiction author, Ben Kane. His latest novel, The Falling Sword, has been described by The Times as ‘a master of Roman military fiction’.
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. Over the past few years, Laura has entertained festival-goers with tales from Geoffrey Chaucer and the Anglo-Saxon poet of Beowulf.
This year we are showing the 1944 adaptation of one of du Maurier’s most popular novels, Frenchman’s Creek, in which the aristocratic lady, Dona St Columb, is swept away by a handsome pirate in this swashbuckling, romantic adventure.
Veronica Henry talks to two writers about the inspiration behind their intriguing debuts. Rebecca Reid is a well-known journalist whose first thriller is Perfect Liars: Sixteen years ago, three best friends did something unspeakable at boarding school.
Award winning wildlife cameraman, Ian McCarthy and his wife Anne fell in love whilst howling to wolves in the darkness of a snowy Montana winter night. They were filming for the BBC Natural History Unit at the time.
Born and raised in Cornwall, Kate Neale’s interest in Cornish Christmas carols was piqued during her research into Padstow’s unique tradition. This grew into her PhD study, which focussed on Cornish carolling traditions of Grass Valley, California and the Copper Triangle in South Australia.
Daphne du Maurier’s last novel, Rule Britannia, prefigures Brexit. Britain votes to leave the Common Market, the government enters a US/UK alliance with the States, and American naval ships arrive in St Austell Bay.