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North Cornwall Book Festival 2014


Patrick GaleWelcome to the second North Cornwall Book Festival, an ever so slightly eccentric half-term feast of books, writing, and word-related pleasures in two ravishing settings beside the sea. Most of the festival happens at Trefelix, a lovely Arts and Crafts house above the sands of Daymer Bay, where John Betjeman was a regular caller-in for tea with his goddaughter, the festival's vice-chairman. (If you drive to Trebetherick, just around the Camel Estuary headland from Polzeath, you'll find signs to both festival and festival car park.) The rest of it happens a short drive away at no less beautiful St Endellion (click How to Find us tab above for directions).

Reading is an intensely private pleasure which – as the huge number of book clubs proves - it is sometimes enormously rewarding to share. We look forward to meeting you over a cream tea and a tempting pile of books this October, and your loved ones, and, indeed, your book club!

Patrick Gale


Here is the programme for this year's festival, running from October 24-26. You can click on a link in this colourful summary to jump to a more detailed description or simply scroll your way through all the events. You can book tickets in several ways. The simplest is to click the Paypal button by an event - this lets you add as many tickets as you want to a basket, and to pay for your complete selection either by credit card, debit card or by Paypal. You have an opportunity to amend your selection before you pay. Alternatively you can fill out the booking form at the very bottom of this page and send your precise tickets requirements to our box office with a view to paying by cheque thereafter. (Click here to inspect the booking form.) And if you hate all things digital and are only reading this thanks to a helpful child, you can simply ring the box office on 07787 944935 and speak to a kindly human!

If you would like to volunteer as a steward, barkeeper, parking attendant or ASM, please e mail your details to Ronnie Harrison euronwen@mac.com so she can have your details on file. If you think you could cook in advance for us or would like to help serving food, please e mail your details to Jill O'Grady on jillog@sky.com.

  Friday 24th October   Saturday 25th October   Sunday 26th October
Trefelix St Endellion Church Marquees Trebetherick Cushion Room Dining Room Stone Barn & St Endellion Hall Marquees Dining Room Stone Barn St Endellion
9.45 Book Surfers (teenagers)                  
10.00 Johnathan Korejko: Papermaking Workshop Tiffany Murray Workshop: The Short Story
10.30 Philip Wells & Victoria Field Jenny Balfour-Paul
11.00 Bibliotherapy Sessions with Ella Berthoud
11.30    
12.00 Tiffany Murray & Matt Haig Betjeman Walk Lavinia Greenlaw Poetry Reading
12.30
1.00       Set In Stone   Set In Stone
1.30 Horatio Clare   Bibliotherapy Sessions with Ella Berthoud Meet Jill Murphy John Crace & Ella Berthoud Meet Jill Murphy
1.45

Bookworms
(years 2-5)

2.00

Victoria Field: The Poetry Cure
Workshop

The Bookshop Band: Songwriting Workshop
2.30        
3.00 Richard Coles & Nina Stibbe Children's Workshop: Drawing Louisa Young & Patrick Gale Children's Workshop: Drawing
3.30  
4.00     Bibliotherapy      
4.30 Prizegiving Readings John Crace
5.00      
5.30    
6.00-7.30 Supper
7.30 - 9.30 Concert: Trio Sospiroso Concert: Bookshop Band

FRIDAY OCTOBER 24

9.45-1.00 BOOK SURFERS - A FESTIVAL FOR TEENAGERS
9.45 Welcome (Betjeman Marquee)
Matt Haig10.00-11.00 Matt Haig (Betjeman Marquee) Matt's the author of such cult books as The Humans, The Radleys and To Be a Cat. His exciting latest novel is Echo Boy. Audrey's father taught her that to stay human in the modern world, she had to build a moat around herself; a moat of books and music, philosophy and dreams. A moat that makes Audrey different from the echoes: sophisticated, emotionless machines, built to resemble humans and to work for human masters. Daniel is an echo – but he's not like the others. He feels a connection with Audrey; a feeling Daniel knows he was never designed to have, and cannot explain. When Audrey is placed in terrible danger, he's determined to save her. Echo Boy is a powerful story about love, loss and what makes us truly human.




Tiffany Murray11.15-12.30 Tiffany Murray (Betjeman Marquee) Creative writing teacher and novelist, Tiffany Murray, will talk about how her novel, Diamond Star Halo, which blends fate, magic and rock 'n' roll, grew out of her strange Welsh childhood at Rock Farm, a rural recording studio where the sounds of tractors and Stratocasters battled and there were frequently rock stars to meet at breakfast. She'll show you how to mix and match elements of your own life to devise stories of your own.










Louisa Young11.15-12.30 Louisa Young (Causley Cafe) Simultaneously, the inspiring joint-author of the cult Lionboy series and writer of the recent WW1 bestseller, My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You will talk about how the Lionboy books came about and the practicalities of co-writing novels with a daughter still expected to write homework, but also about the challenges of writing believably from a male perspective and researching the often grisly material of her latest books.

Book Surfers will end at 12.30 with a signing session in the Bookshop Tent by all three authors. After that readers are welcome to linger at Trefelix with a packed lunch.
Unless you're coming with a school trip, a inclusive ticket to Book Surfers costs £5. Click here to return to the festival plan.


1.45 - 4.00 BOOKWORMS - A FESTIVAL CHILDREN IN YEARS 2-5
1.45 – Welcome talk (Betjeman Marquee)
Nick Arnold2.00-2.40 Horrible Science - Nick Arnold (Betjeman Marquee)
Welcome to the explosive world of Horrible Science! It's science with the squishy bits left in! Most people think that science is serious. Seriously brain-dead, seriously dreary and seriously boring. But most people are wrong. Science isn't boring – it's horrible! And when science is horrible, it comes to life in an exciting way...






Cakes in space3.00 - 4.00 Cakes in Space with Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre
(Betjeman Marquee)
For the youngest end of our audience, Cakes In Space is another splendiferous adventure from this dynamic duo of writer/performers. Astra's family are all snoring in their sleeping pods aboard their spaceship, but Astra is wide awake. With her robot friend, Pilbeam, she goes off exploring and soon finds out the ship is in deep trouble. Cakes are involved, but no one would describe them as sweet!











Louisa Young2.55 - 3.25 & 3.30 to 4.00 Zizou Corder (Causley Cafe)
Louisa and Isabel Adomakoh Young, whose names are too long to fit on the front of a book, are the writers behind the literary phenomenon called Zizou Corder. Louisa will talk about the Lionboy trilogy, in which Charlie, the boy who can talk Cat, finds his parents have been kidnapped so runs away with a floating circus and gangs up with six performing lions. Louisa will talk about how the books came about, and the practicalities of being a novelist while still having to do homework...






Moray Laing2.55-3.25 & 3.30-4.00 Meet the Monsters with Moray Laing (Bookshop Tent) Editor of BBC Doctor Who Adventures magazine, writer of this year's Doctor Who Annual and the BBC's go-to expert on all things Who, Moray will be talking about the best and scariest monsters in the universe and encouraging you to devise your own, even scarier ones. There may be prize for creating the ulimtate mixed-up monster! You may want to hide behind the sofa…


Christopher William Hill2.55-3.25 & 3.30 to 4.00 Christopher William Hill (Trefelix Dining Room)
Meet Eugene, the most portly of princes, and Kalvitas, the most courageous of chocolate makers. The Lily Livered Prince is a tale of cakes and cowardice, bullies and battles, as they set out to defeat a terrifying tyrant. The characters are CURSED. The deserts are DEADLY. And people are NOT always as they appear...


Little Bookworms finishes at 4pm. Unless they're coming with a school trip, children can see up to three events for just £5.
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4.30-5.30 PRIZEGIVING READINGS
Readings of the two winning entries for the very first Andrew Jolley Young Journalism Award will follow presentation of the prizes by comic author and Guardian Westminster sketch-writer John Crace. The prizes in the three age groups for this year's Charles Causley Young People's and Children's Poetry Award will be presented by the distinguished poet, Lavinia Greenlaw, winner of both the T.S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes. Each prizewinner (if brave enough!) will be asked to read their poem. Admission free.
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Trio Sospiroso7.30-9.30 CONCERT: TRIO SOSPIROSO (St Endellion Church)
Trio Sospiroso brings together Clare Mellor, flute, Sue Black, viola, and Jenny Broome, harp. Their lively programme tonight will be reflected in four contrasting readings by festival authors, Louisa Young, The Revd. Richard Coles, Lavinia Greenlaw and Philip Wells. Music to be played includes Debussy's Sonate for flute, viola and harp - a cry of resistance from war torn Paris and Sally Beamish's extraordinary Between Earth and Sea, which is a meditation on a Gallic Keen. Then we'll hear Angulo's Cuatro Danzas Sibilinas, which blends ancient mysticism with Latin rhythms and Rohozinski's Suite Breve exotic-inspired music from 1920s Paris. As for what our four authors read, you'll simply have to come along to find out!

Before the concert and during the interval you can meet other festival participants over drinks in the church hall, and enjoy Set in Stone, an exhibition by resident stonecarvers Zoe Cull & Alex Evans. www.triosospiroso.com

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Saturday October 25th

Ella Berthoud10.00-5.00 BIBLIOTHERAPY! (The Cushion Room, Trefelix)
Throughout the day bibliotherapist, beguiling Ella Berthoud, co-author of The Novel Cure, will be bookable for 20 minute consultations. After quizzing you about your reading habits, she'll present you with a tailor-made prescription for reading happiness! Each one-to-one session costs £5. It should be obvious when a slot has been reserved. In the event of bibliotherapy proving extremely popular, we may be able to persuade Ella to run some extra sessions on the Sunday morning...

Time Slot   Time slot   Time slot  
11.00-11.20 Booked   12.40-1.00 Booked   1450-1510
11.20-11.40
1330-1350 Booked 1510-1530
11.40-12.00
1350-1410 Booked 1600-1620
12.00-12.20
1410-1430 Booked 1620-1640
12.20-12.40 Booked 1430-1450 Booked 1640-1700




Jonathan Korejko10.00-1.00 PAPERMAKING WORKSHOP (Stone Barn, St Endellion)
Over three fascinating hours, papermaker extraordinaire, Jonathan Korejko, will introduce you to the joys of creating handmade paper with a literary theme. You will make paper using plant material from his garden, and discover how letters and words can be incorporated into paper to create unique pieces of work. Shakespeare wrote about roses, Wordsworth mentioned daffodils, Tennyson pondered his chances with Maude in the garden, and Jane Austen loved marigolds. You'll be making papers with all sorts of literary flowers in them, using recycling "rag" pulp from old books. This course is intensive and fun: a must for those who want to know more about paper, its history and the many ways in which art, literature and nature can be blended together. When you book, you'll be e-mailed a list of what you need to bring along. Tickets cost £15.
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Philip Wells10.30-11.30 THE POETRY OF WELLS & FIELD (Betjeman Marquee)
Philip Wells, aka the Fire Poet, walked 1000 miles barefoot in aid of the world's barefoot children earlier this year. "Wells is superb." (Philip Morrison, The Times) Victoria Field is a poet, and playwright, with a particular interest in the therapeutic uses of writing. Her collection The Lost Boys won the Poetry and Drama Class in this year's Holyer an Gof awards (aka 'the Cornish Bookers ...) "Her poems illuminate the heart, and shine with richness of compassion and understanding of human predicament and travail." (Penelope Shuttle) Hear them read their lively poetry side by side, with some musical accompaniment from Victoria's partner Eduard Heyning. Tickets cost £5. Click here to return to the festival plan.


John Betjeman's Statue12.00-1.30 THE BETJEMAN WALK
After it's sell-out success last year, we're giving you another chance to be guided around the lovely hamlet of Trebetherick, visiting places of significance to John Betjeman and hearing from people who knew him when he lived there. The poetically minded can thus fit in the Philip Wells/Victoria Field reading, this walk and then a rapid lunch before the afternoon Poetry Therapy workshop! Tickets £5
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Matt Haig12.00-1.00 THE FICTION OF MURRAY & HAIG
Perennially uncategorisable, though regularly attracting comparisons with Dodie Smith and Stella Gibbons, Tiffany Murray draws on the dark legacy of an old house in her native Forest of Dean to spin a sinister comedy of ghosts and slavery in her latest novel, Sugar Hall. Matt Haig's bestselling The Humans depicts a brilliant man whose sanity and humanity are called into question, and has been described as wonderful by everyone from Jeanette Winterston to Stephen Fry. Tickets cost £5.
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Stonecarving1.00-2.00 SET IN STONE (St Endellion Hall)
One of two chances to meet Dorset based letter-carvers, Zoe Cull and Alex Evans and watch them at work amid an exhibition of their pieces. Are any words more true than those set in stone? Admission free.
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Horatio Clare1.30-2.30 DOWN TO THE SEA IN SHIPS (Betjeman Marquee)
Travel and nature writer Horatio Clare had the bright idea of persuading shipping giant Maersk to make him their writer-in-residence. The result was Down to the Sea in Ships. A compelling, first hand account of the vast oceans, it is also a compendium of sea stories; a patchwork history of seafaring; a study of men and manhood; a collection of nature writing from the planet's greatest wilderness and a travel book comprising two voyages by cargo ship. Down to the Sea In Ships goes to beyond the place Joseph Conrad described when he said "The Peace of God begins a thousand miles from the nearest land..." Tickets cost £5.

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Jill Murphy1.30-2.30 MEET JILL MURPHY (Trefelix Dining Room)
A chance to spend an hour with the story teller, illustrator and deerhound trainer extraordinaire, Jill Murphy, author of countless books, including the much loved Worst Witch series. Jill will tell how she not only wrote her first books when still at school but made them from scratch, too! For children aged six and above. Tickets cost £5. Click here to return to the festival plan.




Victoria Field2.00-5.00 THE POETRY CURE (Stone Barn, St Endellion)
There's growing evidence that there are demonstrable health benefits in reading and writing poems. Reading a good poem, especially in a group, opens an imaginative space where we can find insight, solace, wisdom and pleasure. Writing in response can be surprising, satisfying and enjoyable. Victoria Field qualified as a Poetry Therapist in 2005 and was identified in a recent Poetry Review as a pioneer in the field. She will share some simple and profound techniques to help us heal the past, live the present and create the future. No previous experience necessary. Please bring paper and something to write with. Tickets cost £15. Click here to return to the festival plan.










3.00-4.00 THE REVD. RICHARD COLES & NINA STIBBE (Betjeman Marquee)Nina Stibbe
Richard ColesCatch Radio 4's The Revd. Richard Coles, fresh from the publication of his memoir, Fathomless Riches, in what promises to be a lively conversation with Nina Stibbe, whose cheeky letter collection, Dear Nina, was such a runaway bestseller. Fresh from the publication of her first novel, Man at the Helm, Nina will talk with Richard about families, privacy and using loved ones as raw material… Tickets cost £5.
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Caroline Cleave3.00-4.00 CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: DRAWING (Trefelix Dinina Room)
After the great success of her feral drawing session last year, Port Isaac artist, Caroline Cleave will once again offer a no-holds-barred, satisfactorily MESSY workshop. SOLD OUT!
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John Crace4.30-5.30 JOHN CRACE ON WESTMINSTER (Bejeman Marquee)
Long established as a comic writer, thanks to his deliciously acute potted versions of the latest bestsellers, Digested Reads, John talk about the delights and challenges of his new post as the Guardian's sketch writer in the human zoo of Westminster. Tickets cost £5. Click here to return to the festival plan.




Festival Supper6.00-7.30 SUPPER
An array of delicious, home-cooked food will be served in the festival's licensed café. Click here to return to the festival plan.







Bookshop Band7.30-9.30 THE BOOKSHOP BAND
Those who defied the threatened hurricane last year will need no encouragement to come to a second concert by this crazily gifted trio. The Bookshop Band are not only unique in that they write songs inspired exclusively by literature, but they are also one of the most prolific bands around, releasing four albums in their first year together and having written over 100 songs in the three years they've been together. During this time Ben, Beth & Poppy have had commissions from the V&A, BBC 3's the Verb, and many Literature festivals and bookshops across the UK, as well as appearing on radio 4's Front Row, BBC 6, at Womad and Glastonbury. Trust us, you'll want a pencil to write down their recommendations. Tickets £10. Click here to return to the festival plan.


Sunday October 26th

Tiffany Murray10.00-1.00 WORKSHOP: THE SHORT STORY (Stone Barn, St Endellion)
The short story is a compact powerhouse of a narrative. For three hours you'll be led through trigger exercises, and through short stories, to find your own tale, then to start to tell it in this form. Be ready to write, be ready to read, be ready to share during this lively session with Senior Lecturer and hugely experienced Arvon Foundation fiction tutor, the novelist, Tiffany Murray.Tickets £15.
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Jenny Balfour-Paul10.30-11.30 TEXTALES: IF CLOTH COULD TALK (Betjeman Marquee)
Dr. Jenny Balfour-Paul, who so enthralled us last year with the story of her adventures in search of indigo, returns by popular demand to talk about the cultural significance of fabrics and textiles that reflect her remarkable travels and encounters worldwide. Her tales will be illustrated not only with pictures but with fabric and exotic clothing – notably from Asia and the Arab world - that you'll be able to touch and compare.
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Lavinia Greenlaw12.00-1.00 LAVINIA GREENLAW POETRY READING
Novelist, librettist and radio dramatist, Lavinia has published four collections of poetry: Night Photograph (1993), A World Where News Travelled Slowly (1997), Minsk (2003), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes, and The Casual Perfect (2011). Her latest new book of poetry, A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde, was published in March. Tickets £5.
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Stone Carving1.00-2.00 SET IN STONE (St Endellion Hall)
Your second chance to meet Dorset based letter-carvers, Zoe Cull and Alex Evans and watch them at work amid an exhibition of their pieces. Are any words more true than those set in stone? Admission free.
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Jill Murphy1.30-2.30 MEET JILL MURPHY (Trefelix Dining Room)
A chance to spend an hour with the story teller and illustrator and deerhound trainer extraordinaire, Jill Murphy, author of countless books, including the much loved Worst Witch series. Jill will tell how she not only wrote her first books when still at school but made them from scratch, too! For children aged six and above. Tickets £5. Click here to return to the festival plan.



Ella BerthoudJohn Crace1.30-2.30 JOHN CRACE & ELLA BERTHOUD: WHAT IS FICTION FOR?
(Betjeman Marquee)
Humourist and sports writer, John Crace, who effectively created a new literary form with his wicked compacted versions of bestsellers literary and less so – Digested Reads – goes head to head with our resident bibliophile, Ella Berthoud, co-author of The Novel Cure in which she proscribes a novel for every ailment, to tell us… what on earth is the use of fiction? Tickets £5.

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Bookshop Band2.00-5.00 SONGWRITING WORKSHOP (Stone Barn, St Endellion)
Come get a rare behind the scenes look into the life, works and future of one of the UKs most imaginative bands. In this special workshop, Ben, Poppy and Beth of the Bookshop Band will be mixing live performance with talking about the authors that inspired them, poetry, plus their songwriting secrets. Workshop participants will also be invited to explore the potential of their favorite works of literature to inspire them. Bring books, instruments and a welling sense of excitement. Tickets £15. Click here to return to the festival plan.


Caroline Cleave3.00-4.00 CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: DRAWING (Trefelix Dining Room)
After the great success of her feral drawing session last year, Port Isaac artist, Caroline Cleave will once again offer a no-holds-barred, satisfactorily MESSY workshop... SOLD OUT!
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Louisa Young3.00-4.00 THE BIG READ: MY DEAR, I WANTED TO TELL YOU
LOUISA YOUNG WITH PATRICK GALE
(Betjeman Marquee)
Louisa Young's Costa-shortlisted, utterly gripping tale of two couples caught up in the horrors, and personal revelations, of WW1 has enthralled readers across the nation and proved a book club favourite.
So bring your book club along to join Patrick Gale in asking her questions, like how did she learn so much about early plastic surgery, and what is the connection between St Endellion and her dashing hero, Riley Purefoy, and to hear about the welcome sequel she has written, The Heroes' Welcome. Tickets £5.
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