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Programme: Sunday 5 June 2016

David Tovey – Launceston Walk with Rob Tremain – David Constantine – Davy & Dyer – The Poet Charles Causley


LAUNCESTON WALK with Rob Tremain

Meet at Launceston Castle Lodge, Launceston PL15 7DR

(donations to the Festival gratefully received)

Launceston Town Crier Rob Tremain’s extensive knowledge of the town will bring its history to life. Join Rob on a walk around the historic streets of Launceston and read more...

learn of the influence of Richard of Cornwall; see the deprivation suffered by George Fox and meet the ghost of the martyr St Cuthbert Mayne (not guaranteed).
This walk will involve steep hills around the town.

Read and ride with the Railway Rabbits

Launceston Steam Railway, St Thomas Rd, Launceston PL15 8DA

10:30am-3:30pm, Free

Local children’s author Georgie Adams has written over 70 books which have sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Her popular series, The Railway Rabbits, was inspired by the award winning Launceston Steam Railway which runs along the Kensey Valley where she lives.


Join Georgie at the railway station for readings about her adventurous rabbits.

Free entrance to the Museum, Bookshop & Gift Shop, Cafe where this event takes place throughout the day from 10.30.

First reading on the train at 11am.
Trains leave Launceston on the hour.
Regular Train fares apply. Train times and prices available at

Talk & Music

Lunch Session at No. 8 Cafe & Deli

David Constantine with Davy & Dyer

12noon to 2:30pm, £8

David Constantine worked for thirty years as a university teacher of German language and literature. He has published several volumes of poetry, most recently, Nine Fathom Deep (2009). He is a translator of Hölderlin, Brecht, Goethe, Kleist, Michaux and Jaccottet. In 2003 his translation of Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s Lighter than Air won the Corneliu M Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation. His translation of Goethe’s Faust, Part I was published by Penguin in 2005; Part II in April 2009.

David’s four short story collections are Back at the Spike, the highly acclaimed Under the Dam (Comma, 2005), The Shieling (Comma, 2009), which was shortlisted for the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and Tea at the Midland (Comma 2012). Constantine’s story ‘Tea at the Midland’ won the BBC National Short Story Award 2010, and the collection as a whole won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award in 2013.

David’s short story ‘In Another Country’ has been adapted into ’45 Years’ – a major film, directed by Andrew Haigh and starring Tom Courtenay & Charlotte Rampling. This film won two silver bear awards at the Berlin Film Festival, the Michael Powell Best British Film at Edinburgh, and the WFTV award for Best Performance (for Rampling). Charlotte Rampling was nominated for an Oscar for the film in March 2016. We will show 45 Years, in collaboration with FLIC on Friday 3 June.

David will read ‘In Another Country’ at this years festival.

David Constantine

Neil Davey and Jen Dyer are two of the leading proponents of Cornish traditional Celtic music. They are members of internationally acclaimed Cornish band Dalla. Between them they have toured everywhere from Sydney to New York, Tokyo to Vancouver, taking in many prestigious festivals and venues across Europe, including The Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury, and Celtic Connections amongst UK performances.

Davy & Dyer

They also love to bring it all back home ‘where it do belong to be’ in their native Cornwall, and their performances here have taken in all the main Cornish arts festivals, and prestigious venues such as The Minack Theatre, Eden Project, The Hall for Cornwall and Carnglaze Caverns, as well as countless small Village Halls, Pubs and Harbour Days throughout their homeland. They play bouzouki, fiddle and viola, and their repertoire of Cornish Celtic music, both new and old, ranges from stonking Celtic jigs and polkas, to the exotic almost Balkan sound of some of the Cornish five-steps, as well as some hauntingly beautiful and hypnotic slower pieces.

Book tickets here

Poetry in Ruins

Priory Ruins, St Thomas Church

2:30pm onwards, Free

Barefoot will once again host ‘Poetry in Ruins’, their open mic event in the delightful Priory Ruins behind St.Thomas Church on Sunday afternoon. All are welcome and are invited to bring poetry, stories, songs or music they would like to read out or perform. . . and maybe a picnic, a cushion and a camp chair. You might even be tempted to enter for the ‘Turnip Prize’. This year’s theme for the prize, as chosen by last year’s winner, is ‘WIND!’ All art forms are eligible, whether it be Poetry, Pie making or Painting, as long as the entry is original work.


David Tovey

3pm, No. 8 Cafe & Deli, £5

‘Artists’ and Writers’ Homes and Gardens in the early years of the Lamorna Art Colony’

David Tovey Trewoofe Orchard

In the years 1912-4, a number of artists, such as Harold and Laura Knight, Alfred and Florence Munnings, Frank and Jessica Heath, Benjamin and Bell Leader and Charles and Ella Naper, decided to set up home, alongside John Lamorna Birch, in the Lamorna Valley. Several of these artists built new homes on agricultural land, and so needed to apply themselves to both house and garden design. Drawing on archival material collected by the Lamorna Society and the writings of Lamorna residents, Cecily Sidgwick and Charles Marriott, Cornish art historian, David Tovey, who is also Editor of the Lamorna Society’s magazine, The Flagstaff, looks at the homes, studios, gardens and lifestyle of this charismatic group of artists.

photo: Cecily Sidgwick’s second Lamorna home, Trewoofe Orchard

Book tickets here


Tom Adams

The Guildhall, 5pm £5

TOM ADAMS UNCOVERED is a showcase of the artist’s best work from a career spanning more than 50 years. In addition to his many cover paintings, it features examples of Tom’s broader work, including award-winning advertising, portraits, album covers, poster prints, and his work on the films ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, ‘Flash Gordon’ and ‘Lifeforce’.

Tom's book coverJPG

With captions by Tom and a commentary by the Agatha Christie Historian John Curran, and concluding with previously unpublished Agatha Christie paintings, this book is a treasure trove for both crime fans and art lovers, and a fitting celebration of one of the world’s finest cover artists.

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The Poet Charles Causley

Launceston Town Hall

6:30pm £5 (£4 concessions)

This is a 90 minute documentary film about the life of Cornish poet Charles Causley, directed by Jane Darke who made the classic Cornish film The Wrecking Season about beachcombing in Cornwall.  The film covers the whole of Causley’s life and is a celebration of this lovely man, his life and his work.
A good friend to many poets, including Ted Hughes and Philip Larkin, he produced numerous volumes of poetry and was often on the radio and TV. The film includes archive footage and photographs of Causley and recent interviews with poets who respect his work such as Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and Andrew Motion. There are also memories from people who knew him well, co-workers and friends in his home town of Launceston where he worked for most of his life as a school teacher and stories of his experiences during World War II while in the navy.

The film features many of his best poems, some set to music by his distant relation the talented Jim Causley on his successful CD CYPRUS WELL, named after Charles Causley’s home. ‘It was a great pleasure to work on this film, to meet the people and spend time working with Causley’s writing and the town of Launceston. We also owe a great debt to Jim Causley for allowing us to use his music.’ Jane Darke and Andrew Tebbs

Supported by FLIC

Book Tickets here

Video credit: a preview clip from The Poet Charles Causley by Director Jane Darke