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Fowey Festival of Words and Music

The du Maurier Festival Society is delighted that the Fowey Festival of Words and Music 2015 will be taking place at various locations in and around the beautiful riverside town of Fowey between the 9th and 16th of May. Taking inspiration from the locality, the new sustainable approach brings its own benefits: affordable tickets, community cohesion, wider choice of refreshments and less reliance on the weather.

The exciting programme includes talks, interviews, creative and practical workshops, exhibitions, presentations, theatre, musical concerts, an Art trail, guided walks and river cruises to enjoy, inform, challenge and inspire the imagination.

As part of the Fowey Festival of Words and Music there will be  Children's Poetry and Art Competitions, prizes will be provided by Bookends of Fowey and BODFAST (The Bodmin Decorative and Fine Arts Society) This years themes are NATURE or JOURNEYS. Poems should be 20 lines maximum and may include illustrations or a picture of what inspired them. Paintings should be on A4 or square format 21 x 21 cm, on paper or card in paints, coloured pencils, crayons or collage.
The competitions are open to anyone aged between 4 and 14 on 20th March 2015 Closing date is 20th March. Entry is free and prizes will be presented at the Family Fun Weekend, Trenython Manor on 9th/10th May 2015. you can enter online or download an entry form and check the rules at

The 2014 Festival was a huge success, kicking off with the du Maurier lecture and luncheon,  hosted and delivered by Justine Picardie, author and Harper's Bazaar editor. Following this opening event, a range of interesting sessions were available throughout the duration including interviews with international best selling authors Lynda La Plante and Ruth Rendell; workshops to get your creative juices flowing and an exclusive Friends and patrons lunch with award winning chef Michael Caines.

For those who wanted to know how to get their book published, the Festival's Question Time session with a panel of experts including a bestselling author, literary agent, publisher and the powerhouses behind the Book Club, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan was a fascinationg session. To end what was a wonderful festival, there was a full house for an evening's entertainment with the internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Tina May

2014 also saw the  launch of the Family Fun Weekend at Trenython Manor. Inspired by nature, the weekend was dedicated to giving families and children access to the wonderful world of literature, arts and the natural environment. This short film was created by the students who came and did an amazing job of helping run the festival. It gives a little taste of what the Family Fun Weekend is all about.

We were extremely grateful to key sponsers Stephens Scown for supporting our vision of a sustainable future, and continue to be thankful to the University of Exeter for their valuable contribution. We also appreciate the generosity of local businesses which enables the Festival to thrive and flourish. And finally, thankyou to Brenda Daly, Festival Co-ordinator, who has brought our vision for a vibrant community based festival to fruition.

 Come and enjoy, have fun and laugh together. Be inspired! Keep up to date with developments and look out for the 2015 programme at

The du Maurier Festival Trustees are a small group of volunteers dedicated to delivering a memorable festival for 2015. If you’d like to get involved by offering support or expertise, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact any trustee for an informal chat. Please see our website for details

 Accommodation is at a premium during the Festival and we recommend you book early! You can see our accommodation listings here, or call us on 01726 833616 if you would like help in making a booking. We can also help you with train and coach travel arrangements and you should find all the information you need for your visit here.

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