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The St Ives Literature Festival is definitely in the “write” place

Internationally famous as an artists' haven, St Ives is surely the ideal place to host the St Ives Literature Festival. Packed with literary events, the programme attracts writers, poets and keen would-be authors from all over the UK.
Booklovers, authors, poets, writers and readers will be gearing up to visit the which takes place over eight days from the second Saturday in May. Each year this highly successful festival is scheduled to provide creative writing workshops, prose readings, book launches and live music over the duration of the festival.

has always had an allure for artists and writers, and many came to visit and never left. spent her childhood in St Ives in the 1800s and the Godfrey Lighthouse in St Ives Bay inspired her famous novel The Lighthouse, published in 1927. She would certainly have approved of the drop-in workshops and opportunities for modern-day writers to share their experiences at the festival!

Whether you love writing, reading, or both, the excellent programme of events will help you learn more about literature and may inspire you to become a published author yourself!

Workshops and author readings

I’ve attended many excellent workshops at this literary feast and found the standard exceptionally high. Author evenings also give an insight into books you might not have considered reading until you met the author and heard how the book came to be written.

Many of the speakers have connections with and the high caliber and quality of the events lures them back. “Punk” poet performed one of her earliest gigs at the St Ives Literary Festival. Now an internationally acclaimed poet, advisor to Channel 4 and prize winner at the Austin International Poetry Festival, she has been known to attend the festival in past years reading her new work at ticketed evening events.

The St Ives Literature Festival is spread all over this compact town, in venues mainly around the harbour and old town centre. You may find yourself attending events at on Westcott’s Quay, the local library and in Royal Square.

Share your work at the Big Frug!

The Big Frug is one of many open events for poets, song writers and musicians and entrance is free for performers. It includes poetry, storytelling, music and “an evening of surprises”, just bring your own drink! Other festival events give local writers the opportunity to share extracts from their books and provide a variety of entertainment.

The St Ives Literature Festival includes some light-hearted entertainment with performers such as Pete Berryman and , a famous comic, poet and singer from nearby Bodmin. A Cornish Evening focuses on the Cornish language, Kernewek, keeping it alive, at least in the arts.

Some of my favourite events, which anyone can just drop into, are the free poetry and music events in Norway Square. It is just a three minute walk east from the Tate, and is where you will also find the and Norway House, a charming 200-year-old whitewashed fisherman’s cottage.

Poetry is an integral part of the St Ives Literary Festival

Poetry always has a high presence at the St Ives Literary Festival with performances set to music and open mike sessions for poets who may want to share their offerings with fellow poets. Many other sessions have a nominal entrance fee to hear up-and-coming authors and more established literary names.

With so much diversity, the St Ives Literary Festival is a must for any writers and poets looking to make contact with like-minded artists and get the opportunity to share their work with the public.

Do you live in St Ives? Do you earn a living from painting, writing or another form of art? We’d love to hear what you think makes St Ives so attractive to artists. If you have experience of the St Ives Literary Festival your comments would be invaluable to others, so feel free to share.

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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