Travels in Southern England – The Penzance Literary Festival Revisited

It is July and I am back in Cornwall at this most hospital of literature festivals. Followers may remember that I visited here last year. However, instead of camping this time I opted for a measure of luxury and I am staying in the magnificent Queens Hotel overlooking the promenade.

 Queens Hotel Penzance

My room is on the second floor and has a panoramic dormer window (the third one up in this picture & right under the roof) and I am lucky in that it has two windows offering outstanding views of Mounts Bay.

View from Queens Hotel Bedroom Window

Yesterday I participated in the opening workshop in the Morrab Library exploring writing for performance with Paul Dodgson. Paul is an experienced drama writer, having written and produced plays for stage, television and radio. He shared a few of his radio scripts with us some of which were acted out by the group. The plays offered excellent examples of what can be achieved by collaborative writing and also illustrated a few of the pitfalls by showing what could happen when works go wrong.

Later that evening I visited the Acorn Theatre, where I listened to Philip Marsden talk to Tim Hanigan about his book “Rising Ground” which explores the idea of place and the mythology associated with them. The legends surrounding Cornwall, Bodmin Moor, its Neolithic sites and the legends, such as those surrounding King Arthur, associated with them made a most interesting discussion.

For photographs of the Morrab Library and the Acorn Theatre I refer you back to my earlier visit to the festival at The festival continues until the end of Saturday.

Keith Jahans
Editor, Peatmore Press

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