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Festival Programme 2017: shown by category (plus information on booking)


The Charles Causley Centenary Festival’s programme for June 2017 is taking shape!

In addition to the headline attraction event to open the main Festival weekend of 1st-5th June (The Fisherman’s Friends), you’ll see a list below, showing all the events that we currently expect to feature, this year — arranged by broad category.

Click on each event, to go to an individual page containing more information — and a further link to book tickets for that particular event. A map of venues in the town centre can be seen if you click HERE .

(Alternatively, you can see a list of all the same events, but arranged by month, day and starting-time, if you click HERE.)

General information on how to book your tickets for the Festival events are shown at the bottom of this page, too.



The Fisherman’s Friends: our 2017 Festival headliners from Port Isaac, Cornwall’s favourite sea-shanty group will be in concert with old favourites and new numbers

Jim Causley:  a long-standing Festival favourite, Jim will be singing his own settings of poems by his ‘Uncle Charlie’ — especially some new ones of Causley’s children’s poetry

Murray Lachlan Young: poet, playwright, stand-up comedian and broadcaster, Murray will be doing one session especially for younger Festival-goers, and a separate one for adults

Philip Gross: two separate Festival sessions, offering readings of his prize-winning poems written for children, and for adults

‘Poetry in the Ruins’: another regular festival feature, this out-of-doors celebration of poetry will have readings by various performers — and hopefully by audience members as well

Cahal Dallat & Anne-Marie Fyfe : a talk on Causley’s musical origins and influences, illustrated with readings and new musical settings of his poems performed on multiple instruments

Keith James: ‘Duende’ : a performance of poems by Garcia Lorca, Allende, Neruda, Marques, William Blake and Dylan Thomas, all set to music by the performer

Jeff Cloves & Tony Poole : an evening of original and revived material, from a double-act featuring a pop-poet and columnist alongside a singer-songwriter and guitarist

Pop cantatas, with LADS (details to follow)

Anna-Maria Murphy & Rick Williams :  a local words-and-music pair of Festival regulars present a fresh blend of material — including Rick’s settings of Causley poems — in the intimate, evocative setting of Cyprus Well

Val Bugden Cawsey: an anthology session of popular poetry pieces, as presented by a professional speaker and entertainer

‘Mongolica’ : an open-air performance of the music and dance of Mongolia



Rehearsed readings of four rarely-performed short plays by Charles Causley, presented by LADS (the Launceston Amateur Dramatic Society)

Tchaikovsky’s ‘Hector MacDonald’ : a bang-up-to-date adaptation, in English, of the Tchaikovsky opera ‘Eugene Onegin’, presented by the English School of Mongolia

Access Theatre : ‘Inspired by Causley’, a performance by the local Launceston community group, centred around Launceston’s past, and their ‘I Am the Song’ project

Miracle Theatre’s Cornwall-based film ‘Tin’, a true story of Victorian West Cornwall with Jenny Agutter and Benjamin Luxon, presented by FLIC (Films Launceston in the Community)

‘Story Spectacles’ :  pupils from three local primary schools present a performance of their own devising, based on Charles Causley’s poems



‘The Cornish Gorsedh’ : a talk on the history and tradition of Cornish Bards and their gatherings, past and present, by the Deputy Grand Bard, Liz Carne

Laurence Green & Armand Goulipian : a joint session of short talks on two Causley poems (‘Infant’s Song’, and ‘Ten Types of Hospital Visitor’)

Luke Thompson: a talk about his late father, the novelist, E. V. Thompson — focussing on his personal relationship with him as a son, and his professional one as a writer

‘Creative Communities in Cornwall  ‘:  a talk by Fiona Wotton, Director of  ‘Cornwall 365’, about the project as a whole — which in part focuses on Launceston and its annual Causley Festival  (n.b.: linked to the exhibition  of the same name)

John Lawrence & Gaby Morgan: from Macmillan Children’s Books, the illustrator and editor of Causley’s recently re-issued ‘Collected Poems for Children’ discuss their work, and time with Charles

Rob Barratt: (details to follow)

Victoria Field: (details to follow)

Simon Parker: (details to follow)

David Tovey: a talk about the life and work of the extraordinary Cornish poet, writer and adventurer Crosbie Garstin (linked to David’s ‘Cornish Art at Home’ Open House and Garden event, on 14th May)

Barry Newport : a talk on the publication history of Charles Causley’s various writings, plus some personal anecdotes given by the creator of his full bibliography

Mac Dunlop & Andrew Fentham : a joint talk on their recent experiences as, respectively, the Causley Trust’s Mentor-in-Residence and Writer-in-Residence, at Cyprus Well

Polly Gregson: (details to follow)

Rory Waterman: a talk from the poet, editor and academic, author of the recent book ‘Belonging and Estrangement in the Poetry of Philip Larkin, R. S. Thomas and Charles Causley’

Michael Jecks: a talk on the Knights Templar (‘and more’), given by the successful Devon historical-crime novelist and broadcaster

George Alagiah: a talk from the BBC journalist and television news anchor (further details to follow)



‘Charlotte Dymond’ minibus trip: an out-of-town walk-and-talk about the well-known Causley ballad-poem and the true story behind it, led by Jane Nancarrow (n.b.: subject to weather conditions on the day)

Newport walk: led by Arthur Wills, this walk will take a closer look at the Newport, a Launceston landmark, and the immediate area around it, including the River Kensey

Charles Causley poetry walk: led by Jane Nancarrow, a former pupil of Charles at the old National School, this walk will trace a path exploring the sites of some of Causley’s most popular poems

‘The Causley Way’/Launceston Town walk (with surprise guests): a tour around the town’s main landmarks and its particular associations with Charles Causley, led by ex-Launceston Mayor and Town Crier Rob Tremain


EXHIBITIONS AND OTHER EVENTS (Note that you can also see a separate page with the details of all of these exhibitions and other events by clicking HERE .)

A celebration of Charles Causley at Waterstone’s, Truro

Wine and Wisdom Quiz Evening

David Tovey’s open house and garden: ‘Cornish Art at Home’

Penheale garden open afternoon

Children’s Art Competition

Gwynngala Art Group arts and crafts exhibition

‘Words into Blossom’ Flower Festival 

Swanskin Printers

‘Cornwall 365’  (n.b.: linked to the talk  on Friday afternoon, shown above)

Flowerpatch Quilters : ‘I am the Song’ display

‘From Eden Rock to Brexit’ art exhibition

Festival Food and Drink Market , with entertainment

(Note that you can also see a separate page about all of these exhibitions and other events by clicking HERE.)






Tickets for most events are available (or, in some cases, soon will be: do check back later, if need be!) to buy online, by telephone and in person:

You can order online  — just follow the links that will appear with each individual event, to buy your tickets through the Cornish Riviera Box Office system. They can be posted or downloaded via your phone or computer.

Or, you can purchase them directly from Launceston Tourist Information Centre, White Hart Arcade, Broad Street, Launceston, PL15 8AA (click to go to their home-page). Tickets will be bookable from the TIC in person, by phone or online. They can be posted, at cost, if time allows, or alternatively they will be held there for collection. The Launceston TIC’s usual opening hours are: Mondays to Fridays 9am-5pm, and Saturdays 10am-4pm. Its e-mail address and telephone number are:   and    (01566) 772321.

Finally, in most cases, you can buy them ‘on the door’: subject to availability, at the event venues.

Please note: some free events still need to be booked in the above ways, in order to reserve a place.

Disclaimer: The Festival Committee will make every effort to ensure that performances take place as advertised, but reserve the right to alter the programme if necessary. In the event of an event cancellation, a refund of the ticket value will be made, otherwise tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded once purchased.