North Cornwall Book Festival 2014: catch-up with all our coverage

We published lots of blogposts over the weekend: catch up with them all here


Reports on talks, sessions and workshops

Personal responses and creative writing

My favourite book: festival-goers and authors share their favourite volume

Our brilliant festival team was: Jay Armstrong, Sarah Purnell, Annie Harrison, Anna Cathenka, Aysha Bryant, Shannan Sterne, Sarah Cave, Emma Gibbs, Paige Davis and David Brady. Thanks also to Sorrel Watson for her interview.

Sunday at North Cornwall Book Festival – welcome to our coverage

Team Sunday

Team Sunday: Sarah C, Shannan, Emma, David and Paige

Hey there! It is day two of the #NorthCornwallBookFest and the team have just arrived to start reporting on today’s book fanatic events. We have Vicky, Jay, Paige, Brady, Emma, Sarah C, Sarah and Shannan ready to write after an early morning of Travelling to Wadebridge. We have our pens, notebooks, laptops, USB’s and chargers at the ready for today’s agenda.

We are all excited to experience today’s events and keep you as updated as possible. For those of you attending the festival, we look forward to seeing you there. We would love you to get as involved – if there is anything you would like to share about the festival, tweet to our hashtag #NorthCornwallBookFest, follow us  @SWJFalmouth and comment on our posts here!

Words by Shannan Sterne

Good Morning, Book Lovers!

SWJ Falmouth students at North Cornwall Book Festival
SWJ Falmouth students at North Cornwall Book Festival: Aysha Bryant, Sarah Purnell, Anna Cathenka, Jay Armstrong and Annie Harrison (L-R)

By Aysha Bryant

It’s 10.30am and we’ve arrived in the beautiful location of Trebetherick on the North coast of Cornwall.

Our team, made up of Jay, Anna, Annie, Sarah, Vicky and myself have been up bright and early on this mild autumn morning ready for a full day of writing ahead.

We’re ready and raring to go to give you a live stream through out the weekend of what’s happening at the North Cornwall Book festival this year. If you couldn’t make it this year, or just curious to what the festival is about then keep an eye our for reviews, live tweets and much more to get a taste of what’s going on.

Today entails many activities such as talks with Jill Murphy and Horatio Clare to workshops practising traditional crafts, and walks around the idyllic surroundings we’ll be in.

Why not get involved? Our question for the weekend is: what’s your favourite book and why? Tweet us @swjfalmouth or find us on Facebook swjfalmouth.

North Cornwall Book Festival: a preview

By Sarah Purnell

This weekend promises to be a good ‘un. With a whole range of different workshops and speakers at North Cornwall Book Festival, it’s difficult to choose which to be most enthusiastic about. The team from the School of Writing and Journalism at Falmouth University are going to be dotted about, trying to soak up as much of it as we can.

For poetry lovers there’s stuff aplenty: on Saturday, the fire poet, Philip Wells teams up with Victoria Field and they will be doing a reading of their work, with a musical accompaniment. Then later, over in the barn, there’s a poetry workshop, exploring the therapeutic potential that writing and reading poetry can have. Pen and paper at the ready!

I’ll be embarking on my own kind of therapy in Bibliotherapy with Elle Berthoud who, after our appointment, will write me a prescription for reading happiness. I have no idea what to expect, but it’s going to be an enlightening experience either way!

Also on Saturday, Aysha Bryant from our team will be setting off on the Betjeman walk, guided around Trebetherick and visiting places of interest to John Betjeman buffs.

I’m looking forward to hearing John Crace talk about his new post as the Guardian’s sketch writer. If anyone has read his Digested Reads, you’ll know this will be a fun hour!

Sunday kicks off with a short story workshop with Tiffany Murray. Let’s hope we didn’t have too much fun with The Bookshop Band the night before, because it’s pencils to the paper again; creative caps on, chaps.

We will also be over at the Betjeman marquee, listening to Dr Jenny Balfour-Paul. Titled Textales: If Cloth Could Talk, this should be an interesting discussion about the cultural significance of textiles, and Balfour-Paul’s search for indigo. There will be the chance to actually touch the materials too.

So from papermaking, to asking “What is fiction for?” there’s a great deal going on – and it all comes to a head on Sunday evening when festival founder Patrick Gale will be interviewing fellow author, Louisa Young.

We’ll also be pouncing on festival-goers as they emerge from the workshops and talks to ask them about their experiences. And look out for our interview with Jill Murphy; the author of the popular Worst Witch stories will be taking up residence in the Trefelix dining room to talk about how she wrote, and made, her first books.

So, if you see one of us – we’ll be easier to spot: lanyards, notebooks, furiously scribbling, asking for selfies – come and say hello.