Interview: Patrick Gale on A Place Called Winter

Patrick Gale
Patrick Gale’s forthcoming novel is A Place Called Winter. Picture: Endelienta

By Jay Armstrong

Patrick Gale is busy – and he’s showing no signs of slowing up. The best-selling author is a passionate advocate of the arts in Cornwall; he is chairman of the North Cornwall Book Festival, this weekend returning for a second year at St Endelion with a mission is “to bring books and their authors to Cornwall”. And who better placed to do that than the popular and prolific Cornwall-based novelist?

Along with the festival, Gale’s energies are currently divided between screenplay projects – he’s developing an adaptation of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence and is writing a three part original drama series, Man in an Orange Shirt, for BBC2 – and promoting his fifteenth novel, A Place Called Winter, due to be published in March 2015.

Gale is known for a deep connection to his authentic characters, often sketched around personalities from his past, and this latest work delves deep into his own family history. It is loosely based on the story of his maternal great grandfather, Harry Cane, who left his wife and child in England to set up as a homesteader in the wild prairies of Canada.  Continue reading

Welcome

A book in the grass
A book lies in the grass. Picture: Andrada Radu/Flickr/Creative Commons

This weekend a group of students from the School of Writing and Journalism at Falmouth University will be heading to North Cornwall Book Festival to report, react, and respond to the author talks, debates and workshops on offer. We’ll be posting all of that – and more – on the blog throughout the weekend, as well as publishing interviews with authors such as Patrick Gale, Jill Murphy, Philip Wells and Horatio Clare in the next few days. Check back for our coverage – and in the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter @swjfalmouth

Picture: Andrada Radu/Flickr/Creative Commons