Dates for your diary
Fowey Festival May 6th – 14th 2022
Dr Helen Taylor
Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives
Following the success of the marvellous talk given by Dr Helen Doe in February, the Fowey Festival team continue their series of zoom events with a fascinating evening with Dr Helen Taylor.
Helen’s latest book, Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives, received wide acclaim in 2020 and featured as Radio 4 Book of the Week. The research for the book involved Helen conducting over 500 interviews with readers and writers, including Hilary Mantel, Helen Dunmore, Katie Fforde, and Sarah Dunant, asking why women read fiction. She argues that female readers are key to the future of fiction and considers why women are the main buyers of fiction, members of book clubs, attendees at literary festivals and why Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre still resonate so strongly with British women readers. Insight is also given to the challenges faced by female writers.
To book your ticket, please click here: https://www.foweyfestival.com/events/
****** 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
Fowey Festival Short Story Competition For Adults 2021
Fowey Festival has launched its Short Story Competition for 2021. As we come to the end of what has been a very challenging year, the idea of writing a short story could provide a welcome distraction and get your creative juices flowing. The theme for this year’s competition is “Breaking Point”, based on Daphne du Maurier’s short story collection The Breaking Point, written at a time when her life was particularly challenging.
Whatever the competition title conjures up for you, be it a humorous tale or one of a serious nature, the Fowey Festival would love to read your story!
The entry fee is £10, which goes towards supporting the future of the Festival.
The competition will open for entries on 7th December and close on 7th March 2021. Entries are to be no more than 1,500 words.
For full information about entering the competition, the entry form and terms and conditions, please click here: https://www.foweyfestival.com/competitions-and-awards/short-story-competition-for-adults/
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.