The Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature was inspired by the author Daphne du Maurier, who spend a lot of her life in and around Fowey, which inspired a lot of her work. Today, the festival has du Maurier themed events from walks around landmarks that inspired her to book readings. In the last 20 years, the Festival has drawn world-renowned writers and performers to Cornwall, making it one of the biggest and best art and literary festivals in the UK. If you have your tickets booked for the festival when staying at our luxury Fowey accommodation or are planning to attend some events last minute, read on to see event highlights taking place over the week. More information can be found at www.foweyfestival.com.
Sir Tim Smit - Eden and Beyond
Saturday 12th May, 10.30am - 11.30am, St Fimbarrus Church
The Festival is welcoming the Eden Project's co-founder Sir Tim Smit this year to talk about his achievements in Cornwall. Sir Tim discovered and restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the country's best-loved gardens and co-founded the award-winning Eden Project. The once sterile pit has been transformed into a place of world-class horticulture, inspiring the 19 million people who have visited since its opening in 2001.
Wind in the Willows Cruise
Sunday 13th May, 3.15pm - 5.45pm, Fowey River Cruise
A beautiful cruise up the River Fowey to the village of Lerryn, you can hear tales about the river and the life of Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows from your guide. When arriving in Lerryn, there is also a time to visit the Wild Wood described in Grahame's book. Other cruises along the River Fowey will be taking place throughout the festival in addition to walks around Fowey.
Laura Varnam - Rule Britannia by Daphne du Maurier
Monday 14th May, 9.30am - 10.30am, Fowey Hotel
At the Fowey Hotel, an informal reading group will be discussing Daphne du Maurier's last novel, Rule Britannia with Dr Laura Varnam, from University College, Oxford. Dr Varnam is an expert on the author and a regular contributor to the Fowey Festival. Participants only need to have read the book to participate - just bring along your copy of the book and your enthusiasm!
St Austell Town Brass Band and the Fowey River Singers
Tuesday 15th May, 8.00pm - 10.00pm, St Fimbarrus Church
St Austell Town Brass Band is back by popular demand this year, giving you the chance to hear one of Cornwall's premier brass bands accompanied by the local choir, Fowey River Singers and Fowey Primary School, who will also give their own performances. Expect a range of music from bold and cheerful to delicate a capella harmonies. Wine and soft drinks will be available.
Anne Hall - The du Mauriers: Just As They Were
Wednesday 16th May, 11.00am - 12.00pm, Festival Marquee
Anne Hall, in conversation with Lord Strathcarron, will be discussing five generations of the du Maurier's remarkable family, going back to 1789. Anne Hall will be sharing her passion for the family and the extraordinary work they did from writing to acting.
New Voices Panel in Conversation with Veronica Henry
Thursday 17th May, 11.00am - 12.00pm, Festival Marquee
One of the festival's favourite events, the New Voices Panel features the year's hottest debut writers. For 2018, the new talents in fiction are sure to be bestsellers, and this is your chance to learn more about the people behind the words. Don't miss Guy Gunaratne, author of In Our Mad and Furious City, Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend and Phoebe Locke, author of The Tall Man.
Festival Film and Talk: My Cousin Rachel
Friday 18th May, 6.00pm - 8.30pm, St Fimbarrus Church
Much of Daphne du Maurier's work has been adapted for the screen, and most recent is My Cousin Rachel, starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin. After a screening of the film, du Maurier expert Dr Laura Varnam will explore the adaptation in comparison to the novel and the 1952 adaptation and go behind the scenes exploring the filming locations.
Susan Soyinka - Albert Reuss in Mousehole
Saturday 19th May, 2.00pm - 3.00pm, Fowey Town Hall
Discover the fascinating story about a man and his art, as Cornish based author Susan Soyinka will be talking about her research for her book about the Jewish artist Albert Reuss (1889-1975). Reuss fled to England in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution, and worked as an artist, with his style changing dramatically, reflecting the tragedy he suffered. In 1948 he moved to Mousehole, establishing the ARRA Gallery with his wife, Rosa.
These are just a small selection of the many events being held throughout Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature week. Tickets for the events at the festival vary in price and can be booked on the online box office.