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The Fowey Festival of Words and Music

Daphne Du Maurier Festival

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Type: Festival

9TH – 16TH MAY 2015

The Fowey Festival of Words and Music has announced its exciting programme of events for 2015 featuring a world-class line-up of authors, speakers and musicians. The week-long festival from Saturday 9th to Saturday 16th May will open 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 at 4pm with the TV show’s scriptwriter Debbie Horsfield and executive producer Karen Thrussell.

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

The musical element of the festival is 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 is a Musical Evening featuring local choirs.

The programme also features 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 festival is also attempting to get into the Guinness Book of Records by reading from du Maurier books for 24hours.

Last year the festival successfully launched The Family Fun Weekend at Trenython Manor and has confirmed another weekend of creative activities for all the family on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th May. Once again the weekend of indoor and outdoor activities will celebrate nature and the wonderful world of children’s art and literature.

A joint choir from Fowey, Lostwithiel and Tywardreath schools will open the event on the Saturday at 11am. Roselyon School Choir will perform on Saturday afternoon and musicians from Fowey River Academy will play on Sunday.

In addition, a Family Bookshop in Trenython’s comfortable lounge will feature stories and poetry brought alive by readings, song and art by local authors Jon (Fishermen’s Friend) Cleave, Sarah Boothroyde from thePadstow Lobster Hatchery accompanied by live baby lobsters and Jane Gulliver & Karen Norton who will launch their brand new book ‘123 Where are You?’

The winners will also be announced for the 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 will be 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 this year is the Festival Café and Waterstones bookshop at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club, which will be 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 will enhance any gathering before or after a show.

The du Maurier Festival Society is 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 last year’s successful change to a sustainable approach 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.

Tickets are available at or from the festival box office 01726 879500. The Festival brochure is available to download from the Festival website.

Contact Details

PL23 1ET

Tel: +44 01726 833847


Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Repeatable Event


  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - The Main Car Park in Fowey is served by a minibus for transport to the town. Disabled parking is available. There is minimal disabled parking in the Town Centre Access to the village is through the grounds of the Fowey Hall Hotel - a new set of concrete steps now provides easier access from the Main Car Park into the grounds of the hotel.

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking - Fowey has 4 long stay car parks - Main, Caffa Mill, Old Station Yard and Readymoney. The main car park is served by a minibus to bring you to the town centre
  • Park & Ride


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties

Road Directions

From the A30, take the A391 to St Austell. Turn left onto the A390 and then right at the roundabout onto the A3082 to Par & Fowey.
From the Plymouth direction, take the A38 towards Bodmin and turn off at Dobwalls onto the A390. After passing through Lostwithiel, take the left turn on the B3269 to Fowey.
Arriving in Fowey, you will be directed to the 'Main Car Park' at the top of the town. There are other long-stay car parks at Caffa Mill and near Readymoney Cove.
A mini-bus provides transport between the town and the car park. during the day.

Public Transport Directions

Arriving by Rail, Par is the nearest Mainline station but check that the train stops at Par.
Alternatively, St Austell's station is a 'Transport Interchange' with Mainline Rail, National Coach & local Bus services plus a Taxi rank
Local Bus services : Western Greyhound No.525 / 524 serves Fowey and pick up near Par Rail station
Check your journey on Traveline 0871 200 22 33 or