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Fowey Festival of Words and Music



The Fowey Festival of Words and Music's programme of events for 2015 featured a world-class line-up of authors, speakers and musicians. The week-long festival from Saturday 9th to Saturday 16th May opened with the du Maurier Lecture and Luncheon, hosted and delivered by Andrew Graham, son of Poldark novelist Winston Graham OBE, followed by an hour-long panel discussion at St. Fimbarras Church with the TV show’s scriptwriter Debbie Horsfield and executive producer Karen Thrussell.

The county’s leading literary festival, featured a world-class line-up of authors, speakers and musicians. Humanitarian and author Terry Waite CBE, journalist and author Penny Junor, historian Dr Ian Mortimer and award-winning novelist Linda Grant were all present .Joining the line up were Patrick Gale, Philip Marsden, Rowan Coleman, Ben Kane, Julie Summers, Tim Bentinck, Judy Finnegan in conversationwith Richard Madeley. There was a panel discussion with senior scriptwriters and cast members of The Archers debating the incredible developments of the plot. The 2015 festival also featured Cornwall-based writers Isabel Ashdown, The Fisherman’s Friends’ Jon Cleave, Lisa Woollett and Rachel Lambert.

The musical element of the festival was represented by traditional folk singers The Farrell Family; Gypfunk; Hands on Harps and the return of world-renowned jazz singer Tina May, accompanied by the Craig Milverton Trio. Showcasing local musical talent there was a Musical Evening featuring local choirs.

The programme also featured a full day of du Maurier events with workshops, reading groups and an expert panel discussion on du Maurier adaptations chaired by Professor Helen Taylor.  

The Family Fun Weekend at Trenython Manor opened the festival and was a weekend of creative activities for all the family on featuring all sorts of indoor and outdoor activities celebrating nature and the wonderful world of children’s art and literature. A joint choir from Fowey, Lostwithiel and Tywardreath schools sang and  Roselyon School Choir and musicians from Fowey River Academy also performed. In addition, a Family Bookshop in Trenython’s comfortable lounge will featured stories and poetry brought alive by readings, song and art by local authors Jon (Fishermen’s Friend) Cleave, Sarah Boothroyde from the Padstow Lobster Hatchery accompanied by live baby lobsters and Jane Gulliver & Karen Norton who will launched their brand new book ‘123 Where are You?’

Fowey Festival Children’s Poetry & Art Competitions 2015.  The Poetry competition was sponsored by Bookends of Fowey, art prizes donated by The Bodmin Decorative and Fine Arts Society and GreatArt. Winning pictures were framed by Atishoo Gallery in Charlestown and exhibited at The Webb Street Gallery in Fowey before being shown at the Festival Weekend.

Another success last year was the Art Trail, which has attracted even more local artists to get involved this year, from potters to painters.

New for 2015 was the Festival Café and Waterstones bookshop at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club, which was open to festivalgoers for teas, coffees, cake, Pimms on the terrace and dinner before an event. The wonderful views from the Terrace over the river towards the sea enhanced any gathering before or after a show.

The du Maurier Festival Society was extremely grateful to its key sponsor the Richardson Hotel Group; event sponsors; participants and the whole town of Fowey for embracing the 2015 Festival.

Building on the successful change to a sustainable approach in 2014 and using the wonderful resources of the picturesque harbourside town of Fowey, the festival aims to continue to provide a wide-ranging review of literary and musical talent, enabling residents and visitors to fully benefit from what Fowey has to offer. We are looking forward to finding out what 2016 has to offer so keep an eye out for updates.

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