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Richard Madeley & Judy Finnigan | Fowey Du Maurier Festival Words Music | The Cormorant Hotel Golant CornwallThe annual Fowey Festival of Words and Music has started this weekend, with events taking place across the town.

The festival, which was previously known as the Daphne Du Maurier Festival, is set to run all week, ending on May 17.



The celebration of words and music started on Saturday with the traditional Du Maurier lecture.

Delivered by Justine Picardie, Editor-in-chief of publishing house Harper's Bazaar UK, it addressed the links between Daphne Du Maurier and other writers, as well as the way her work continues to have an effect on modern day authors.

Saturday also saw a bookbinding workshop take place in Fowey Town Hall and a guided walk around the town ahead of the day's main event - Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan in conversation with best-selling author Veronica Henry.

The television national treasures laid bare the secrets of their lengthy career in the public eye in an enthralling live interview, as well as addressing the way they each went about penning debut novels in recent years.

Sunday then saw a range of further events take place, including more guided walks in the woodland surrounding Fowey and out towards Golant, before the weekend was brought to a close by a literary question time event.

Richard and Judy again made up part of the attraction, alongside best-selling author Veronica Henry and literary agents Stefanie Bierwerth and Rowan Lawton.

The festival continues this week, with events taking place every day until the culmination at a Jazz festival evening on Saturday night.

As one of the best Fowey hotels guests at The Cormorant will be able to attend a range of the events on offer, thanks to its location just a short and scenic woodland walk from Fowey.

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