OUR PROGRAMME

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Friday 15th October, 3pm
Venue: The Cornish Bank
Suggested donations £5/£3

26 VOICES FOR CHANGE

26 Voices for Change is an anthology of Cornish writers brought together under the theme of climate change. Many have contributed new work written or developed in the wake of the 2021 G7 summit held at Carbis Bay, Cornwall in June.

Contributors include the likes of Annamaria Murphy, Bert Biscoe, 
David Devanney, Mac Dunlop
Martha Tilston, MCMC Spoken Megan Chapman, Hedluv, Philip Marsden, 
Penny Shuttle and Tom Scott.

The event will feature readings, music and discussion from a number of the contributors. including co-editors

Mac Dunlop and Megan Chapman.

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Friday 15th October, 7.30pm

Venue: The Poly

Price £7 Students £5

MONIQUE ROFFEY, WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR, IN CONVERSATION

Monique Roffey was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and mostly educated in the UK. Her seventh book, The Mermaid of Black Conch won the Costa Book of the Year, 2020. It was also short-listed for the Goldsmiths Prize 2020 and longlisted for the Rathbones/Folio Award.


The novel tells the story of a fisherman on the island of Black Conch who attracts a sea-dweller that he never expected - Aycayia, an innocent young woman cursed by jealous wives to live as a mermaid.

She will be talking to Gavin Knight, author of The Swordfish and the Star.

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Saturday 16th October, 10.30am
Venue: Falmouth Library
£Free

CHILDREN'S EVENT:
POP-UP BOOK WORKSHOP WITH ROBERT CROWTHER

Age range: 7-11

Have you ever wondered how pop-up books were made? This fiendishly clever combination of paper engineering and simple storytelling is something that Robert Crowther has mastered - he has produced well over 30 pop-up books in his career so far and is now one of the most renowned pop-up book makers in the UK, with appearances on on the Generation Game and several children's programmes.


Robert frequently visits schools to teach his craft and give children the chance to make their own pop-up illustrations. He lives in Cornwall and his new latest book is Pop-up Cornwall, published by Falmouth-based Mabecron Books.

Come and join him for this exciting workshop - all materials will be supplied.

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Saturday 16th October, 11am
Venue: Falmouth Gallery
Price £7/£5

NATURE-WRITING WORKSHOP/WALKSHOP WITH ANITA SETHI

Anita Sethi is an acclaimed writer whose debut I Belong Here was shortlisted for this year's Wainwright Prize for UK Nature writing and longlisted for the Portico Prize.

Join her for a walking workshop which will help you draw inspiration from nature in your writing practice. You will take a walk around Falmouth's waterfront and discuss your inspirations, talk about writers who may have influenced you, and create some writing in response to your surroundings.

Numbers are limited so book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Note: If the weather is bad, the workshop will still take place, but will be limited to the confines of the Gallery space and your imaginations! 

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Saturday 16th October, 11.30am
Venue: Falmouth Library
Price: £Free

CHILDREN'S EVENT; REBECCA COBB'S ILLUSTRATION AND STORYTELLING WORKSHOP

Rebecca Cobb grew up surrounded by coloured pencils, felt pens, wax crayons, poster paints and pieces of paper.


She loves sharing her excitement for illustration and books in her interactive workshop for 3-6 year-olds which features storytelling, drawing and an abundance of ideas. Come and join her for this exciting workshop - all materials will be supplied.


Rebecca studied illustration at Falmouth College of Arts and has been living in Falmouth ever since. As well as illustrating her own picture books she has also illustrated works by authors including Helen Dunmore and Julia Donaldson. In 2013, Rebecca won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Picture Books, and she has been shortlisted for the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal three times.

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Saturday 16th October, 2.30pm

Venue: Falmouth Art Gallery

Price £7 Students £5

LAMORNA ASH AND GAVIN KNIGHT ON CORNWALL'S FISHING INDUSTRY

Lamorna Ash's latest book Dark Salt Clear took saw her relocating to Newlyn and immersing herself in a Cornish fishing village where sh learned how a proud and compassionate community, sustained and defined by the sea for centuries, is under threat. The Sunday Times selected it as one of the books of 2020.

Gavin Knight is the author of The Swordfish and the Star. Based on immersive research and rich with the voices of a cast of remarkable characters, is is an eye-opening, dramatic, poignant account of life on Britain’s most dangerous stretch of coast.

Lamorna and Gavin will share their experiences and look at how fishing is adjusting during a time of great social, cultural and economic change.

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Saturday 16th October, 4.30pm
Venue: The Poly
Price £7 Students £5

WYL MENMUIR AND MAX PORTER

Max Porter and Wyl Menmuir have both caused a stir in the literary establishment in recent years. Max's debut Grief is the Thing with Feathers won many prizes and was sold in twenty-nine territories. His second novel Lanny was published in 2019 and shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year. His latest, The Death of Francis Bacon, sees Max reimagining the final dying fever dreams of one of the greatest artists of all time.


Wyl Menmuir's debut novel The Many, was longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize - a dark and profoundly discomfiting read, it marked the debut of a rare new voice. His follow-up, this year's Fox Fires was published to great acclaim. 

The two of them will talk about writing, ideas, folklore, nature and literary inspiration. 

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Saturday 16th October, 6pm
Venue: The Poly
Price £7 Students £5

LUKE WRIGHT
"FEEL GOOD MOVIE OF THE YEAR"

Luke Wright is a spit and sawdust wordsmith. His poems document 21st century British life with wit, humanity, and panache. He performs his work with snarl and spit and has toured his wares around the world for 20 years.

Luke is a Fringe First winner for new writing, and a winner of The Stage award for acting. He will be reading from his new collection, The Feel-Good Movie of the Year.

“His lexical acrobatics are astounding.” The List

“A RIOT!”☆☆☆☆☆ Huffington Post

“Performance poetry's key revivalist.” Metro

“He must be on some kind of dope!”

John Cooper Clarke

“Pulsating poetic storytelling.” The Guardian

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Sunday 17th October, 10.30-11.15am

CHILDREN'S EVENT:
FELICITY TATTERSALL ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP

Children’s Workshop, for children up to age 8.

Join author and illustrator Felicity Tattersall as she reads her new children’s book Cornish Mice and the Treasure Garden'. Then create your own magical tree during a nature themed drawing, writing and craft workshop with the ambition of growing a magical forest in Falmouth library.

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Sunday 17th October, 11.30am

Venue: Falmouth Library

£Free

CHILDREN'S EVENT:
CAPTURED - A STORYTELLING WORKSHOP WITH CRAIG BARR GREEN

Craig Barr-Green is a storytelling phenomenon and perhaps his best loved book in is Captured: The Incredible True Story of Thomas Pellow, which tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who set sail out of Falmouth Harbour in 1715 on a ship delivering pilchards to Italy, only to return a quarter of a century later.  What happened in between is a tale of kidnap, shipwreck, imprisonment and, daring escape.

Craig Barr-Green is the author of two award-winning children’s books and a play, The One Memory of Flora Banks, co-written with Emily Barr, which was commissioned by the Hall for Cornwall Youth Theatre. Craig regularly runs writing workshops for all ages and lectures Children’s and Young Adult Writing at Falmouth University.

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Sunday 17th October, 12pm
Venue: The Poly
Price £7 Students £5

MARK JENKIN, CHARLIE CARROLL AND CATRINA DAVIES: REAL CORNISH LIFE

Writer/director Mark Jenkin joins writers Charlie Carroll and Catrina Davies to ask why working class voices are seldom represented, and to discuss why Cornwall is so often mis-represented in popular culture. 

Mark Jenkin is the director of the BAFTA award-wining film BAIT which was a breakthrough hit in 2019. Charlie Carroll is the author of The Lip, a novel about childhood, isolation and mental health, set on the windswept Cornish coast. Catrina Davies wrote Homesick: Why I live in a Shed, about her experience of homelessness.


All three contributors grew up, and now live and work in the West of Cornwall. 

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Sunday 17th October, 2.30pm
Venue: The Poly
Price £7 Students £5

PHILIP MARSDEN WITH TIM HANNIGAN: CORNWALL AS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

Philip Marsden is an internationally renowned travel writer who is best known in Cornwall as the author of The Levelling Sea, a mesmerising history of the town of Falmouth, charting its maritime history from the 16th century onwards.


Philip will be talking with his fellow Cornwall-based travel-writer Tim Hannigan, author ofThe Travel Writing Tribe about the influence that Cornwall has long had on their work, and the importance of sense of place in the writing process.

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Sunday 17th October, 4pm
Venue: Princess Pavilion
Price £7 Students £5

NINA STIBBE, HELEN LEDERER AND CATHY RENTZENBRINK: COMEDY WOMEN IN PRINT

Comedy Women in Print is the brainchild of comedian, author, actress Helen Lederer. It is a new literary prize that was established with the aim of recognising, celebrating and encouraging witty women authors.

Helen will be joined in a wide-ranging discussion about comedy writing by Nina Stibbe, author of bestselling books like Love, Nina and Reasons to be Cheerful, winner of last year's Published book prize, and bestselling writer, Cathy Rentzenbrink.