Dates for your diary
Fowey Festival May 6th – 14th 2022
Fowey Festival presents Gill Hornby in Conversation
Thursday 27th May 2021, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Fowey Festival presents Gill Hornby in Conversation, talking about her book Miss Austen. This is the third of their Zoom Online Events and follows the success of talks by Dr Helen Doe in February and Dr Helen Taylor in March.
Fans of Jane Austen will delight in Gill Hornby's new book Miss Austen. Based on a literary mystery that has long puzzled biographers and academics, it is a wonderfully original and emotionally complex novel about the loves and lives of Cassandra and Jane Austen, which ingeniously imagines what Jane's sister Cassandra Austen's own life might have been like, both before and after Jane's untimely death. Gill has also written the novels The Hive and All Together Now and Austen's biography for young readers.
Gill Hornby, who was due to attend the 2020 Festival, will be in conversation with Debbie Dance, a Festival Trustee, talking about her highly acclaimed novel and the stories behind her narrative. As is the usual form at Festival events, Gill will be happy to take questions at the end of the talk.
Tickets: £10 per household can be purchased via the Festival website https://www.foweyfestival.com
The Fowey Festival team very much look forward to seeing you at the event.
Fowey Festival Short Story Competition 2021 Winners Announced
The Fowey Festival Short Story Competition 2021, with the title Breaking Point, taken from Daphne du Maurier's short story of the same name, has announced the winners. This year's competition proved to be very popular, making judging an enjoyable but challenging task. Best selling author Raynor Winn was the head judge, and after a reading committee had arrived at a shortlist, she chose the winner and the runner-up.
This is what Raynor had to say:
What a tricky one this year – these stories have made me think that lockdown has possibly given us all too much time to dwell on things and driven some of us towards breaking point ourselves!
The winner was Lindsey Williams, whose story was about a school bursar and a mother who didn't want her child to go to school. Raynor thought this story stood out above all the others because of the quality of the writing.
The runner-up was Trish Onken.
We want to congratulate everyone who took part and especially the two winners. To read their short stories, go to https://www.foweyfestival.com/competitions-and-awards/short-story-competition-for-adults/, and click on the links.
The 2022 writing competition will run as part of the 2022 Festival and will again have a title inspired by the writings of Daphne du Maurier. Details will be announced on the Fowey Festival website in late autumn 2021.
In March, following the success of the marvellous talk given by Dr Helen Doe in February about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the SS Great Britain, the Fowey Festival team continue their series of zoom events with a fascinating evening with Dr Helen Taylor. Helen’s talked about her latest book, Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives. We look forward to further one-off events during the year.
****** Important Update ******
Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature, May 2021
Following the Prime Minister's latest announcement regarding social distancing restrictions and public gatherings, the board of trustees of the Fowey festival have confirmed that they will not be holding the 2021 Festival, scheduled for May 8th -15th.
The good news is, in 2022, the Festival will take place on May 6th – 14th. The team are committed to delivering a Festival to remember, so please add the dates to your diary.
Ticket Holders for the May 2021 Festival
All ticket holders will receive an email directly from the Festival Box Office by Friday, February 26th outlining your options. If by any chance you have not heard from us by then, please send an email stating the name that you used to book your tickets to the following address: email@example.com
Events in 2021
The Fowey Festival board of trustees are working on a series of online events to take place throughout the year and hopefully some face-to-face events later in the year. They will email you about upcoming events, with full details on the Fowey Festival website (www.foweyfestival.com) and social media channels. We will also keep you informed through the Daphne du Maurier website Fowey Festival pages. Everyone involved in organising and taking part in these events looks forward to seeing as many of you as possible at them.
Sustainability of the Festival
We realise that not holding the May 2021 Festival is a disappointment to visitors, authors and all those involved with the running of the Festival. It is important that we plan for the future and the sustainability of the Festival.
The Awards for Young Writers and Artists 2021 competition launches today -
11th January 2021
The Awards for Young Writers and Artists 2021 competition is launched today and this year's theme is Stepping Through a Door. Fowey Festival invites children and young people to create their own original story, poem, or picture and enter their competition to become the Fowey Festival Young Writer or Young Artist of the Year, 2021. For full details go to: https://www.foweyfestival.com/competitions-and-awards/awards-for-young-writers-and-artists/
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 7th - 15th May 2021. 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.