Penzance Literary Festival 2022

17th June 2022 in Events, Local News, Penzance

6th-9th July 2022

After two years away because of the pandemic, the Penzance Literary Festival makes a welcome return for 2022. This year’s LitFest offers a characteristic mix of author talks from best-selling national names and local favourites together with a generous smattering of performances, workshops, and walks – culminating in the famous LitFest quiz.

The theme for the 2022 Fest is Resilience.

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Among the programme highlights are two events featuring the LitFest’s Patron, Patrick Gale, and celebrating his latest novel, Mother’s Boy, about the Cornish poet Charles Causley. On the opening evening, Patrick and travel writer Tim Hannigan will take an in-depth look at Causley’s life and legacy, after which Patrick will be joined by folk singer Jim Causley for a performance of readings and poems, many of them set to music.

Other highlights include the celebrated novelist Jill Dawson on her new book, The Bewitching; Louisa Young, on her love-after-death tale, Twelve Months and a Day; and the Cornwall-based memoirist and novelist Cathy Rentzenbrink discussing her writing life and leading a workshop on writing memoir. Local fiction-writing favourites Liz Fenwick, Jane Johnson and Sara MacDonald also return with new novels. And there will be a reading by the acclaimed Penzance-based poet Katrina Naomi, whose many accolades include the 2021 Keats-Shelley Prize.

The festival also welcomes two writers making their fictional debuts: Emma Cowell, whose first romantic novel One Last Letter From Greece, comes out this summer, and former crime scene investigator T. Orr Munro, author of the tense crime novel Breakneck Point. Leading crime writer Nicola Upson makes a welcome return to the festival with her latest novel, Dear Little Corpses. And Karen Taylor, author of Penzance-based thriller Fairest Creatures, will lead a workshop on the popular crime genre.

The story of Britain at sea is elegantly and originally explored by Tom Nancollas in his new book, The Ship Asunder, while, back on land, the life and times of an historic Herefordshire house are brought vividly to life by art historian Gavin Plumley in A House for All Seasons.

Free copies of the printed festival programme are available from libraries, galleries, cafes and shops throughout Penzance and across West Cornwall. (You can also pick up a copy from the Reception of our Council Offices).


Tickets can also be purchased at The Acorn Box Office, Parade Street or by phone on 01736 363545.  

For further information contact [email protected]

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