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Programme: Friday 3 June 2016

A Space to Write –  Charles Causley Walk – Tony Plant – Tir na nOg – A Letter to Charles – 45 Years



10.30am  – Meet at St Thomas Church, Newport

(donations to the Festival gratefully received)


Arthur Wills was a close friend of Charles Causley and is also a noted local historian. Walk with Arthur and explore the area where the poet was born and brought up in the Newport area of Launceston.


Tony Plant

The Guildhall, Launceston Town Hall

11am-Noon £5
Artist Tony Plant is widely known for his transient, whole beach sand drawings which he creates across Cornwall and Devon and further afield including Australia, Croatia, France, Indonesia and Bermuda. Royal Cornwall Museum are currently showing a body of drawings, paintings and sketches based on the Cornish coastline. This will be a fascinating discussion with Tony, who will immerse you in his beautiful videos and photographs

Book tickets here

Talk, Walk and Tour

Writing with Causley

The Guildhall, followed by walk and private tour

1-2pm £7
A lively discussion and poetry reading by the resident writer at Charles Causley’s former home, Cyprus Well, focusing on the particular experience of writing during a residency here in Launceston. Chaired by Jennifer McDeera of The Charles Causley Trust

2-3pm walk to Cyprus Well for Private Tour of the house & 3pm Plaque unveiling

This event is supported by The Charles Causley Trust

Book tickets here

Talk & Discussion

A Letter to Charles with Falmouth University

Lawrence House Museum
9 Castle St, Launceston PL15 8BA



Students from Falmouth University have worked on a special project for this years Festival, more information to follow

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Talk & Discussion

The inaugural Graham Facks-Martin event 

introduced by Bert Biscoe

A Space to Write 

Lawrence House Museum
9 Castle St,
Launceston PL15 8BA

patrick gale

For a year and a half Steve Tanner (photographer) and Amanda Harris (interviewer) crisscrossed Cornwall meeting writers in the spaces where they choose to write. The result has been bound together in a book called A Space to Write which is filled with insights and delightful anecdotes along with photographic portraits. At this event best-selling author Patrick Gale, writer and artist Jane Darke and playwright and journalist Simon Parker will discuss with Steve and Amanda how and where they write influences their work.

Proceeds from this event will support the Q Fund.

Book tickets here


45 Years

Launceston Town Hall

Doors open 7:00 PM. Film starts 7:30 PM.

Cert: 15 | Duration: 95 mins

Adult £5. Concessions £4.00.

A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receive shattering news that promises to change the course of their lives. Starring Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James. Director Andrew Haigh. Writers David Constantine, Andrew Haigh. Watch a short trailer here

45 Years large

This film presentation is FLIC’s contribution to the Festival, book tickets here 


Tir na nOg

No. 8 Cafe & Deli
8 Westgate St,
Launceston PL15 7AB

Early Bird tickets are available for Tir na nOg – from here

Making a rare appearance here in Cornwall, and specially for the Charles Causley Festival, Music @ No8 is delighted to present Irish music giants, Tir na nOg

Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting.

Songs like Condell’s ‘Our Love Will Not Decay’, ‘Eyelids Into Snow’ and ‘Two White Horses’, and O’Kelly’s ‘Piccadilly’, ‘So Freely’ and ‘Looking Up’ are as good as anything Ireland’s produced in the past four decades.

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They were signed to Chrysalis Records in May 1970 within days of arriving in London, suitcases and guitars in hand. Tir na nOg recorded three timeless albums for the label. John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many of his famous Peel Sessions with them. They toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who, Roxy Music and Steeleye Span in the 70’s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following, which to this day still grows. 2015 saw the eagerly awaited release of a new studio album, ‘The Dark Dance’ – their first since 1973, receiving glowing reviews.
Doors open at 6.30pm
To reserve a table for delicious pre-gig food from the No8 kitchen, please call 01566 777369
Follow Tir na nOg and find out more about their music from their website




Featured video credit: Tony Plant