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Fowey Festival of Words & Music inspired by Daphne du Maurier

Formerly known as the Du Maurier Festival after Cornwall's most famous author, the Fowey Festival of Words and Music has wide appeal.
The Fowey Festival of Words and Music is a glorious celebration of talent and wit in both music and words. This 8-day festival takes place in mid-May each year, so mark your calendars from the second to the third Saturday in the month and anticipate another great event.

What’s on at the Fowey Festival of Words and Music

The Fowey Festival of Words and Music sounds terribly serious, dry and boring, but take it from me, it is anything but! In an attempt to break free of its “heavy” image, the annual Daphne du Maurier Festival was renamed the Fowey Festival of Words and Music in 2012 in an attempt to rebrand it and attract a wider audience appeal. Building on its past successes, it continues to introduce new ideas and attract some great acts.

In the past I have been introduced to many new entertainers, laughed heartily at the dry wit and crazy capers of , attended lectures by local authors and attended some of the best musical concerts ever. IMHO the Fowey Festival is one of the best events in Cornwall’s calendar and I can’t wait to see what’s on the eclectic programme this year.

Art, music and the written word

Local craftsmen and artists are always catered for as part of the Fowey Festival and many of these events are free. In 2014 there are several top performances taking place at various locations around the town of . The aim is to provide affordable tickets, wider choice of refreshments and community cohesion as this exciting festival continues to build on its past success.

Get ready for interviews, workshops on self-publishing, musical concerts and dramatic performances to cover all the arts. There are also guided walks, special river cruises and an Art Trail to challenge and inspire.

Big names in attendance include , author and editor of Harper’s Bazaar who will be delivering the du Maurier lecture. There will also be interviews with bestselling authors such as and – how exciting is that? The Friends and Patrons lunch speaker is the award-winning chef, .

If you want to know how to get your book published, you need to attend the Question Time session with a panel of experts including the powerhouses behind Richard and Judy’s Book Club to put you on the right track.

On the final evening, there is a fabulous concert with jazz vocalist , so I hope you are bursting with anticipation, as I am, at this fabulous event right here in Cornwall.

Classical performances and top speakers

The Fowey Festival does humour extremely well, but it has its place alongside more serious performances. For the 2014 lineup, classical music fans need to book their tickets for An Evening of Classical Music with which will be hosted at St Fimbarrus Church on Wednesday evening 14 May 2014.

Families have their own fun weekend of events on 10-11 May 2014 which will be held at Trenython Manor, Tywardreath form 10am to 4pm. Connect with nature, listen to short poems in a woodland glen, help build a willow tunnel and dip in the bran tub for a fun gift. You can also meet and talk with renowned children’s authors such as and who creates amazing pop-up books.

The woodland environment is perfect for building a camp fire and cooking with the Rangers or help to save the planet! There is a fee for the day’s activities, but for accompanied children it is just £1.

Do you live or work in Fowey? Have you attended the Fowey Festival in past years? What particular performances did you enjoy (or not)? We’d love to hear from you below if you have a comment to make about the Fowey Festival.

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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