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12th - 20th May 2023


Fowey Festival Online Winter Auction 2022

The Fowey Festival Online Winter Action ended yesterday evening (Sunday 4th December).  It was a huge success raising over £2500.00 and ensuring that many people came away from it having won the auction lot they wanted.  It was a lot of fun and the money raised will contribute to making the 25th anniversary Festival in May 2023 extra special.
The Daphne du Maurier website and Fowey Festival thank everyone who participated, either by donating the auction lots or bidding during the live auction. 

We look forward to seeing many of you at the 25th anniversary Fowey Festival, 12th – 20th May 2023.


Fowey Festival Wall Calendar 2023

The fabulous Fowey Festival 2023 Wall Calendar is now available to purchase.  With twelve beautiful photographs depicting novels from around the world, it is the ideal gift for any literary enthusiast, traveller, photographer or those who simply enjoy great pictures.  We have a limited number of calendars.  Do order early, so you are not disappointed.

A big thank you to everyone who submitted photographs to our competition for the calendar earlier in the year. The standard was excellent, and we are grateful to you all for participating in the competition.  Our sincere congratulations go to those whose photos made the final selection and now grace the pages of the 2023 calendar, helping to make it so very special.

If you would like to purchase a calendar, please click here.

ICalendars cost £10 or £12 including p&p within the UK.


Fowey Festival Short Story Competition for Adults - 2023

Fowey Festival launched its Short Story Competition 2023 on 7th November 2022. 

Next year sees the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Festival, running May 12th – 20th, 2023.  The Short Story Competition title for the 2023 competition is: I’ll Never Be Young Again. This was the title of Daphne Du Maurier’s second novel, published in 1932.  

Entries can be submitted online or by post from 7th November 2022 and no later than 5th February 2023 for postal entries and 5th March 2023 for electronic entries.  The winner and runner-up will be announced at a celebratory presentation during the 2023 Festival.

The Fowey Festival board of trustees are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2023 competition will receive £250, with the runner-up receiving £100.

For full details of the competition rules and the entry form, please click on this link

The Fowey Festival board of trustees looks forward to receiving your entries during this particularly special festival year.


Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature 2023

Don’t forget that 2023 will see us celebrating the 25th Festival since the du Maurier Festival first launched in 1997.  So many of you have been with us since the beginning, and it would be wonderful to see you in this celebratory year, so join us for a Festival to remember.

Please note the 2023 Festival dates are May 12th – 20th

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If you are contacting us by mail, please note our new address is:

The du Maurier Festival Society

Registered Office: 27 Hill Hay Close, Fowey, PL23 1EL.


Fowey Festival 1997     


A literary festival has taken place in Fowey for many years, the first being The Daphne du Maurier Festival of Arts and Literature in May 1997.  This was a community initiative which had the full support of the du Maurier Browning family and was timed to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Daphne’s birth. 

From then on it became a tradition that 13th May, Daphne’s birthday, would always be included within the dates of the festival.

That first festival provided the pattern for the future, with du Maurier-related walks, exhibitions, talks, plays and music events.  There was a national one-day conference on the subject of Daphne du Maurier and the Romance of Place, with speakers including Avril Horner, Sue Zlosnik and Helen Taylor. 

This was repeated on a much bigger scale in 2007, to celebrate Daphne du Maurier’s centenary, when a three-day international conference was held and concluded with a visit to Ferryside for all the delegates.

Over the years that followed the Daphne du Maurier Festival of Arts and Literature grew, under the direction of a small team of people from Restormel Borough Council led by Jonathan Aberdeen.  The centrepiece of the festival was a beautiful festival village, built on land belonging to Fowey Community College just beyond Fowey Hall Hotel. 


When the festival in Fowey began it was a rare and special event, which thrived through the good years of the 2000s.  But, as the decade drew to a close, a huge range of literary festivals all over the country gave people a greater choice of venue, and politics and the recession began to play their part in what was to become quite a struggle for survival. 

With the inception of a unitary authority in the county, Cornwall Council could no longer justify supporting the du Maurier Festival in isolation; funding was reduced and shortly after ceased. However a local group of enthusiastic people got together, incorporated themselves into a charity and the Fowey Festival of Words and Music was born. 

The festival became an altogether smaller event, located in various venues around the town, and, despite misgivings from many people, both local and visitors, has proved in the last few years to be very successful and financially sound.

The festival is gently growing in strength and content, under the direction of Brenda Daly and its board of trustees, and is enjoyed by all who come.  



The formula is still one of walks, exhibitions, talks, workshops, plays and music events but also includes an Art Trail, which gives local artists the opportunity to open their homes and studios to show their work.  Another popular addition in the Secret Gardens Programme, through which local people open their gardens to festival goers.  The festival also always makes a point of focusing on events to include children. 

In 2016 the name of the festival was tweaked slightly, to reflect more accurately what the festival does, and became the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature.  Despite Daphne du Maurier's name no longer being in the festival title she is still a vital part of the proceedings.

We can now confirm that the dates of the next Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature are 12th - 20th May 2023.  We will being you news of what you can look forward to and link you with the festival website, so that you can be completely up to date with all festival news.


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