Penzance Literary Festival – 8-11 July 2015

Penzance literary Festival takes place between the 8th and 11th of July 2015 at a variety of locations in Penzance, including the Acorn Theatre, Penlee House, Morrab Library and the Edge of the World bookshop.  This year’s festival theme is SPARKS and there really is a packed programme of events featuring authors and writers such as Tony Hawks, Patrick Gale, Ian Whybrow and Philip Marsden.

There are author talks, children’s events, writers’ workshops, music and much more.  The full itinerary of events is at the Penzance Literary Festival website and highlights include:

Wednesday 8 July 2015: “Writing for Performance” – Paul Dodgson
Morrab Library
10.30am – 4pm
Price: £35.

Paul Dodgson is an award winning writer and producer who spent 18 months as part of the “Eastenders” writing team.  He wrote “Monsters We Met” for BBC 2 and has written numerous plays for BBC Radio 4.   This workshop explores the mechanics of writing for performance on stage, on screen or on the radio.  With exercises and examples, discover what happens when your words make the transition from page to stage.  You will develop ideas, work on scenes and create monologues that are be shared and performed by the group in a mutually supportive atmosphere.

Thursday 9 July 2015: “King Bruno: the orphan chimp who became a legend” – Paul Glynn
Redwing Gallery
12.45pm – 2.15pm
Price: £3.00

Author and filmmaker Paul Glynn discusses ‘King Bruno’, the astonishing true story of a chimpanzee raised by humans in the jungles of Sierra Leone.

Friday 10 July 2015: “Once Upon a Time in the West… Country” – Tony Hawks
Acorn Theatre
7.30pm – 8.45pm
Price: £8

The comedian and author talks to Jak Stringer about his latest book, Once Upon a Time in the West … Country, a comic memoir of his attempts to get to grips with rural life after abandoning London and buying a cottage in Devon, where, not content with becoming chair of the village hall committee, he also accepts a challenge to pedal across the county carrying a miniature pig called Titch.

Saturday 11 July 2015: “The Big Lit Charity Quiz” – Patrick Gale
Acorn Theatre
7pm – 9pm
Price: £3 (£2 for concessions)

Fancy yourself as a Lit Quiz Whiz? Start sharpening those pencils and get ready to pit your Lit Wits against some fierce opposition. Chaired by Patrick Gale, the Big Lit Quiz is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever – with loads of fabulous spot prizes and a prize pot for the lucky winners. Find up to three other people to form a team – or make a team when you get here. Win or lose, a great night out is guaranteed. It’s in a good cause too. This year we shall be supporting the excellent work of the RNIB Library Service.

Be prepared for anything!

More details about the Festival can be found at Penzance Literary Festival website. Festival Programmes are in local shops and libraries now and event tickets can be purchased online here or by telephone via Cornish Riviera Box Office (CRBO) on 01726 879500 or in person at the following locations:

  • National Trust Welcome to West Cornwall Centre, Penzance,
  • St Ives TIC, The Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives
  • The Visitor Centre, Heartlands, Pool, Redruth
  • FalRiver VIC, Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth
  • Truro TIC, Boscawen Street, Truro
  • and other CRBO local box offices through Cornwall.