Other activities included A Publishing Day with sessions on "Getting Published" With Sophie Buchan, the Senior Editor at Weidenfield & Nicolson Fiction, "How to get published" with Juliet Pickering from the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, "Online Self-Promotion" with Laurie Garrison, Digital Marketer, and The Role of Independents".
Workshops such as the dialogue workshop run by Rachel Joyce which I attended in between sessions of stewarding were very hands on and practical. The writing about nature workshop by Patrick Barkham was highly popular.
Cornish themes were included in John Martin's exploration of the wonderful crime novelists who have set their books in the area between Land's End and Bristol. Steph Haxton and Mel Logue had a discussion to show how historical fact is often stranger than fiction. What was interesting was that Steph unearthed links between the Cornish Royalist Lewis Tremayne and underground anarchist plots against Cromwell's Commonwealth and Mel had dug up some surprising discoveries about the murky personal life of Richard Grenville.
Evening entertainment focused on music with local groups, the Great Big LitFest Quiz led by well known Cornish writer, Patrick Gale and the last Night Party.
Local venues used included the AcornTheatre, Penlee Coach House, the Union Hotel, the Admiral Benbow, the Morrab private library and the newly refurbished St John's Hall., all places of historic interest.
The festival has been running for five years and has been described in the press as the "friendliest" literary event. I love the buzz! For the last three years I have personally experienced sunny days during the time it runs, allowing Cornwall to look its best. Many people link attendance at the festival with a few extra days of holiday in Cornwall.
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