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A Day by Day look at the events taking place at Fowey Festival Tuesday 10th May

Tuesday 10th May begins with Fowey Festival favourite Veronica Henry talking about how to write a bestseller.  Later, Andrew Lowrie’s event, Traitor King, uncovers the largely unknown story of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in the fifty years following the Abdication. 

We are delighted that Show of Hands returns to the festival for this evening performance.  The audience will be treated to the usual ‘Show of Hands’ classics like Cousin Jack, rousing festival anthems, instrumental virtuosity and stunning harmonies from two masters of their craft.

For everyone, but especially for all those eager followers of Daphne du Maurier, Patrick Newberry presents Manderley and Beyond: du Maurier’s Sense of Place.  In this talk, he explores the settings in du Maurier’s novels and how they develop the atmosphere and spirit of each book.  A superb range of images reveals the many places in Cornwall and elsewhere that inspired some of Daphne’s best work.  This is an event that all du Maurier enthusiasts will want to attend.


                            Serena Trowbridge                                                      Patrick Newberry

Dr Serena Trowbridge presents her second talk on Tuesday afternoon.  Reading and Re-reading Daphne du Maurier: How Her Books Change Us will explore Serena’s thirty-year engagement with du Maurier’s novels, from breathless teenager reading in the school library to teaching them in a university setting, along with other books, including Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, Dodie Smith’s I Captured the Castle, and John Fowles’ The Magus.  In addition, you will hear about how Serena cried all the way across Bodmin Moor because of Jamaica Inn and how she now makes undergraduates angry when they read Rebecca.  This is another event that all Daphne du Maurier enthusiasts will want to attend.

For details on times and locations of events and to book tickets for this or any festival event, please click here.  

You can also buy your tickets from the Fowey Festival box office in the Royal Fowey Yacht Club from 9.30am – 6.00pm throughout the festival.

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