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    Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature

    As proud sponsors of the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature we are delighted to announce that this year’s event is set to be better than ever. The 2016 festival will kick off for the first time on the evening of Friday 6th May.  The evening will be and hosted by Lord Waldegrave who has agreed to talk about his fascinating life and recently published memoir.  The Du Maurier lecture and luncheon is this year hosted and delivered by the original Ross Poldark, Robin Ellis at The Fowey Hotel.

    The  festival promises a varied selection of events from a creative writing course to talks and panel discussions to musical evenings. For all budding singers, we have an event just for you! Join our choir workshop to learn musical pieces from scratch and perform the songs later that evening at a concert in St Fimbarrus Church. As ever we have a range of Daphne Du Maurier events and workshops.

    The Fowey Hotel its self will be hosting the following events

    Saturday 7th May, 12.30 to 3pm

    Robin Ellis, Du Maurier Lecture

    Held in the surroundings of the hotel, and including a two course lunch and coffee.

    Sunday 8th May, 12.30 to 1.30pm and Monday 9th May 9.30am  to 10.30am

    Hands on Harps

    Have a chance at learning to play the harp

    Monday 9th May 12.30 to 2pm

    Seaweed and Foraging with Rachel Lambert

    An amble down to the beach to explore the edible delights that are revealed at low tide. Your guide has a special interest in the diversity of tasty seaweeds available in Cornwall including sustainability and the impact of climate change.

    Monday 9th May 4.00 to 5.30pm

    Hedgerow and Coastal Foraging Walk with Rachel Lambert

    Discover the spring bounty in the hedgerows; a wild range of flavours, uses, benefits and ingredients at your fingertips. Allow an experienced forager and author to guide you on how to identify and enjoy a wonderful range of edible plants on this introductory walk.

    Tuesday 10th May  12.30 to 2pm

    Friends and Patrons Lunch, with Chefs Mitch Tonks and Matt Prowse

    Join award-winning chefs Mitch Tonks and Mat Prowse, for a fabulous two-course lunch and a glass of wine at a private reception. This is an exclusive event for Friends and Patrons of the du Maurier Festival Society.

    Tuesday 10th May 4.00pm to 5.00pm

    Mitch Tonks and Matt Prowse

    The Seahorse: the restaurant and its recipes

    Voted Tatler’s Restaurateur of the Year and The Times Newspaper hailing him as the ‘No 1 Man in Britain for fish’, Mitch Tonks 
is based with chef and co-owner, Mat Prowse at their award winning The Seahorse Restaurant situated on the mouth of the River Dart.

    Wednesday 11th May

    Dr Laura Varnam by Daphne Du Maurier

    Come along to the Fowey Hotel for an informal reading group discussion of du Maurier’s The Parasites, with Dr Laura Varnam from University College, Oxford.

    Wednesday 11th May 4.00 to 5.00pm

    Du Maurier Story Time, with Laura Varnham

    Settle down and make yourself comfortable as Dr Laura Varnam reads you a story! As adults, listening to a story read aloud is a rare pleasure and after the success of the du Maurier Big Read at the 2015 Festival (a 24 hour reading relay of du Maurier’s novels), this year we wanted to showcase du Maurier’s skill as a writer of short stories.

    Thursday 12th May, 11.00 to 12.00pm

    Dr Laura Varnham

    Introducing Beowulf: Heroes, Kings, and Monsters in an Anglo-Saxon Epic

    Dr Laura Varnam is known at the Festival as a du Maurier expert but in her day job she teaches Medieval Literature at University College, Oxford.

    Friday 13th May, 11.00 to 12.00 Katie Ford in conversation with Veronica Henry

    Having lived in the area around Fowey for much of her life Daphne used the town in many of her novels, albeit in various guises. Your guide will show you some of the places where she lived and the sights, which inspired her as well as illustrating her fictional use of the town.

    Want to stay for the Festival or just want to experience the beauty of Fowey for yourself? Have a look at our latest offers and breaks, or be the first to hear about our news and offers by signing up to our newsletter. 


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