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Dame Daphne du Maurier (Lady Browning) 1907 - 1989 DBE 1969, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
Daphne was born in 1907, grand-daughter of the brilliant artist and writer George du Maurier, daughter of Gerald, the most famous Actor Manager of his day, she came from a creative and successful family.
The du Maurier family were touring Cornwall with the intention of buying a house for future holidays, when they came across "Swiss Cottage", located adjacent to the ferry at Bodinnick. Falling in love with the cottage and its riverside location, they moved in on May 14th, 1927, Daphne had just turned 20.
She began writing short stories the following year, and in 1931 her first novel, 'The Loving Spirit' was published. It received rave reviews and further books followed. Then came her most famous three novels, 'Jamaica Inn', 'Frenchman's Creek' and Rebecca'. Each novel being inspired by her love of Cornwall, where she lived and wrote.

du Maurier News
Giant Wind Turbine at Tywardreath
A planning application is underway for a 77 metre wind turbine the size of Truro cathedral within a few hundred yards.of Carminowe. This structure will be 631 feet above sea level and be visible from 25 miles away.

The turbine will dominate the whole of the Treesmill valley. This development is being rushed through and objectors need as much support as they can get including letters to Cornwall Council. Details are as per the poster.

This landscape was the setting for Daphne's novel, "The House on the Strand" and it seems to us to be perverse that the local council can so easily trash its heritage and sense of place.

du Maurier Festival Name Change a Failure
As reported previously, to the dismay of many fans of Daphne du Maurier, the "Du Maurier Festical of Arts & Literature" changed its name for the 2013 season to "The Fowey Festival of Words and Music", in an attempt to 'broaden its appeal and attract a new and more diverse audience', whatever that means! We naturally complained about this disassociation of the Festival from the Du Maurier brand, but to no avail, the organisers knew best!
Looking back at 2013 in retrospect, "This Is Cornwall" reports as follows:
'THE organisers of the Fowey Festival have vowed the show will go on in 2014 – but with some changes following a disappointing year.
A change of identity in 2013, dropping the du Maurier name, and hopes that the new Fowey Festival of Words and Music would reach a wider audience fell flat, as attendance numbers were short of those predicted.
The impact of the poor turnout for 2013 has already been felt at the very top with a decision not to renew long-time festival director Jonathan Aberdeen's contract for 2014.'
Whilst wishing the festival organisers our best wishes for 2014, may we offer some recommendations:
  • Please restore the previous name, in order to re-establish the link with probably the most popular author of the 20th century
  • Please avoid the use of the words 'diversity', 'ecology', or 'sustainability' in association with the festival. You are dealing with a mature and sophisticated audience and such buzzwords are highly annoying.
  • There are many successful arts festivals held each year in the UK. Please accept that the Du Maurier Festival will never be another Glastonbury and keep it as a small, friendly, intimate occasion.
  • The support of traders and shopkeepers in Fowey is essential, please try to establish closer links with them and bring at least some events into the town centre. This should be an occasion where the hotels and guest houses are full and the streets are thronging with people.
Nevertheless, the du Maurier Festival Society have announced that the 2014 Fowey Festival of Words and Music will be held between Saturday 10th May 2014 and Saturday 17th May 2014.

du Maurier Watches
Du Maurier adds new models to collection for Christmas release
Paying homage to one of the greatest British writers of the last century, the grandson of the late Dame Daphne du Maurier, Ned du Maurier Browning, celebrates his family legacy with a unique, Swiss-made watch collection. Blending 20th century English story-telling heritage with 21st century design, du Maurier Watches announces the launch of new models in the limited edition collection for men and women, available exclusively from www.dumaurierwatches.com and selected retail.
There is no shortage of design inspiration through the du Maurier heritage with Ned's great-great grandfather, George du Maurier, who wrote 'Trilby' and was the famous Punch cartoonist whilst also being grandfather to the 5 boys who inspired JM Barrie's 'Peter Pan'; Ned's great grandfather, Gerald, an acclaimed actor whom du Maurier cigarettes were named after; and, of course, his grandmother, Daphne, whose many works include Rebecca, The Birds and Jamaica Inn, all of which were adapted into Hitchcock films, Rebecca winning two Oscars in 1941. A new BBC adaptation of Jamaica Inn is currently being filmed whilst DreamWorks pictures are scheduled to create a Hollywood remake of Rebecca.
Prices: from £425.00
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