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The 9th Charles Causley Festival, late May to early June 2018: all the latest details and news

  [picture one: Roger McGough, with Little Machine; photo by Nick Wright; 
   picture two: the ‘Fun in the Square’ event, at a previous Causley Festival]


The 9th annual Charles Causley Festival is beginning to take shape. It’s scheduled to run from the evening of Thursday 31st May  until Sunday night 3rd June, 2018.

And the programme’s starting to come together, too! Our headline attraction this year will be the well-known and well-loved poet and broadcaster Roger McGough (accompanied by Little Machine, firm favourites in support of headline poets in previous Causley Festivals).

Although the picture’s still developing (to come, and all information currently shown here is subject to confirmation, and/or change), the 2018 Festival’s main attractions and features are currently expected to include the following:

Thursday 31st May:

*  a Launceston Town Walk, with Rob Tremain

*  Roger McGough, with Little Machine  — an evening of words and music, at the Town Hall

Friday 1st June:

*  a Causley-themed walk around the St. Thomas/riverside area of Launceston, with Arthur Wills

*  Word Factory — a short story club and workshop, at Jericho’s

*  Stephen Dray — a talk on the Cornish evangelist Jacob Grigg, at the Christian Bookshop

*  Word Factory — a writing masterclass, at Jericho’s

*  Susan Coleman and Karen Howse — a print-making workshop, at the Gateway Centre

*  Word Factory — an early-evening ‘literary salon’, at Jericho’s

*  FLIC — a showing of the recent film ‘My Cousin Rachel’, at the Town Hall

*  and, Luke Daniels — blues and folk music, at No. 8

Saturday, 2nd June:

*  the Festival’s Food and Drink Festival, in the Town Square

*  a Causley-focused Launceston Town Walk, with Jane Nancarrow

*  Little Trebiggan — a performance of ‘Digory Piper, Pirate’

*  Rosemary Walters — a talk on ‘Causley’s Launceston poetry’, at the Guildhall

*  Simon Parker — a talk on Causley, at the Guildhall

*  Lisa Takahashi — a linocut workshop, at the Gateway Centre

*  Martyn Oates of BBC South West ‘Spotlight’ — a talk, at the Guildhall

*  and, Barbara Griggs and Mike O’Connor, with Sweet ‘n’ Sour — music and comedy at the Town Hall

Sunday, 3rd June:

*  Anna Reid (a teaching colleague of Charles) and Karen Howse (formerly, resident artist) — talks, at Cyprus Well

*  Miriam Darlington — a talk on otters by a ‘Times’ nature writer, at Eagle House

*  Anne-Marie Fyfe — ‘The Voyage Out’: a writing workshop, at Eagle House

*  Anne-Marie Fyfe and Cahal Dallat — a joint performance, at Eagle House

*  and, Neil Maya Jazz — an evening of music, at No. 8

And throughout the Festival period, there will be an art and craft exhibition in the Town Hall’s Otho Peter Room by Gwyngalla, and an art exhibition at the Terre Verte Gallery in Altarnun.

Watch this space! ” for further details about the events shown here (and more to come!), plus general updates on the 2018 Festival’s programme as a whole — as well as information about how to book your tickets.