Fowey Festival of Words & Music 2015
Exciting news as the dates for Fowey Festival of Words & Music have been announced (9-16 May 2015) along with a delectable Poldark-themed day.
Poldark-fans, Du Maurier Festival lovers, Literature & Music
The programme of events for 2015 features a world-class line-up of authors, speakers and musicians. With seven days of jam-packed literature lusting, music listening and feasting on the Fowey, festivities 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.
Tip top authors, speakers and musicians are confirmed including, 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 conversation with 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.
New this year is the Festival Café and Waterstones bookshop at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club, which will be open to festival goers for goodies, as well as Pimms on the terrace – happy days!