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Fowey Festival 2016 - a great beginning


On Friday the sun was shining in Fowey (well some of the time) and there was a real buzz as local people, regular festival visitors and people attending the Fowey Festival of Art and Literature for the first time began to arrive in Fowey to enjoy the start of the 2016 festival.

The festival began at 7.30pm with Lord Waldegrave giving a talk about his life as a politician. The event, which took place in Fowey Town Hall, was very well received and a great start to this year’s events.


On Saturday events included a book-binding workshop, talks by A.C. Grayling and John Suchet and a drinks reception and lunch at Fowey Hotel, followed by the du Maurier Lecture. This year’s guest speaker at the lunch was Robin Ellis. Robin is most well-known for his role as the original Ross Poldark, but is now an expert on healthy eating, particularly for people with or trying to avoid diabetes.

On Sunday Robin presented a talk on Mediterranean cooking for diabetics, linking it to the most recent of a number of excellent cookery books that he has written.

In the evening the Bookshop Band played to a packed audience in the Town Hall and enchanted everyone with their original way of bringing books to life thorough their music and song.


Sunday morning began with a reading group, led by popular festival speaker and du Maurier expert Laura Varnam.  She chose Julius as the book for her first discussion group.The Parasites will be discussed at her next reading group on Wednesday morning.

Jonathan Mayo and Sir Vince Cable were two of the speakers whose events were enthusiastically received on Sunday afternoon and evening.

For a full programme of all the events taking place this week look on the Fowey Festival website, pick up a programme in one of the many locations around the town or visit the ticket office in the Royal Fowey Yacht Club, where you will find Andy Ward selling tickets for the events that still have seats available.

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