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North Cornwall Book Festival – 21st to 23rd October 2016

It’s time to book for the North Cornwall Book Festival

Maybe you came last year or the year before that. Maybe you’re a music lover who heard mention of it during the glorious St Endellion Summer Festival just past. Maybe you’ve simply stumbled on this by joining the mailing list at Endelienta’s website. Whatever – the time has come to book your tickets for St Endellion’s youngest festival, which this year runs from October 21-23. You can do this and find out full programme details on our brand new website, www.ncornbookfest.org.

In only its fourth year, North Cornwall Book Festival is already fielding some exciting names from the world of literature. This year we’re especially excited to have talks from Scotland’s makar (or poet laureate), Jackie Kay along with ones from Costa-winner Andrew Miller, Horrid Henry’s “mother” Francesca Simon, the cult novelist Rupert Thomson, Rachel Joyce – a writer who writes so much more than bestsellers – and Simon Grennan, who has dared to turn a little known Trollope novel into a beguiling adult comic.

Once again we’re offering an entire day for Cornish schools (which has proved so popular we’re aiming to offer them two days next year). Once again we’ve a mouthwatering sequence of workshops and some exciting music – this year from Amadou Diagne and Wild Willy Barrett. And once again we’re laying on delicious food and drink to help me you make a day (and a night!) of your visit.

Our programming innovations this year are Cream of Cornish – two free sessions to give you a chance to encounter the work of emerging writers before they become too famous to spare us the time – and a programme of events where children can be entertained while grown-ups enjoy a talk nearby.

Festivals wither if they don’t grow. We don’t propose to increase our programme beyond the current intimate long weekend, but we’d dearly love to grow our audience. So if you belong to a book group, do have your group read the work of one or two of this year’s authors in advance then plan a joint outing. And if you have friends who don’t think book festivals are for them, feel free to persuade them to the contrary! If you’re a twitterer, please tweet about us to your followers: we’re @ncornbookfest.

We’re also entirely dependent on volunteers so if you’d like to become one of our happy team, either in the run up to the festival or during the three days of the programme, please e mail Ronnie on operations@ncornbookfest.org.

Happy reading until we see you in October!

The NCornBookFest team.