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The 'rook with a book': new sculpture unveiled in Fowey to celebrate the work of Daphne du Maurier

On March 19th at 2pm in Berrills Yard the 'rook with a book' sculpture was unveiled by Daphne du Maurier's son, Kits Browning, in a special ceremony.

Kits Browning and the sculpture.

The sculpture is the first piece of public artwork to celebrate the works of Daphne du Maurier and was inspired by du Maurier's 1952 short story 'The Birds'. The sculpture marks the launch of the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature 2018 programme. You can visit the Festival website here and you can find out about the du Maurier events on our handy guide on this website here.

The sculpture was the idea of Fowey business Mike Redmond and it was made by father and son team, the sculptors Gary and Thomas Thrussell. You can visit their website here.

Speeches at the ceremony were given by Kits Browning, Daphne du Maurier's son; Ruth Finlay, Mayor of Fowey; Lynn Goold, Joint Chair of the Fowey Festival Board; and Ian McCarthy, the wildlife photographer.

We are delighted to see this fantastic sculpture in pride of place in Fowey, opposite the du Mauriers' first home in the town, Ferryside. It is a superb tribute to Daphne du Maurier and a public recognition of her importance to twentieth-century literature.

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