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


The 2017 Charles Causley Centenary Festival’s programme is now available!

You can download a PDF version of the 2017 Festival’s brochure if you click HERE .

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. 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.

A map of venues in the town centre can be seen if you click HERE .

Disabled access for Festival events : please note that — unless otherwise indicated on an individual event’s page — there is good access for the disabled at most of our venues.



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 two separate sessions, with readings of his prize-winning poems — ones  written for children , and ones for adults .

Rob Barratt : word-play, verse and song offering satire, parody and audience participation

Story Republic  delivers a lunchtime cabaret of Cornish-themed tales, poetry, song in their own unique style.

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, and Marques, 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

Launceston Youth Theatre  performing two ‘pop cantatas’

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

STOP PRESS! The Tregadillett Songbirds choir will give a free concert in St. Mary’s Church alongside the ‘Words into Blossom’ Flower Festival displays: see the details here



LADS (the Launceston Amateur Dramatic Society)  presents rehearsed readings of four rarely-performed short plays by Charles Causley

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

‘Wennie and Jago’s Giant Adventure’ : Little Trebiggan’s puppet-play for children



‘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

‘Writing Journeys’ : a writers’ workshop around the idea of travelling, with Victoria Field (n.b. :see also the reading  at 6.00pm)

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 : ‘Footsteps’ — 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): respectively, the illustrator and editor of Causley’s recently re-issued ‘Collected Poems for Children’ discuss their work, and time spent with Charles.

Victoria Field : ‘Poet as Pilgrim’ — a reading from her own works about travel (n.b. : see also the writers’ workshop  at 1.00pm)

Simon Parker : reading from his monologue ‘A Certain Man: Charles Causley in his Own Words’

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 session reading from their own work, and re-interpreting Causley — from, respectively, the Causley Trust’s Mentor-in-Residence and Writer-in-Residence at Cyprus Well

Polly Gregson : ‘Q — The Journey to Castle Dor’: Two Authors, One Book’

Rory Waterman : a poetry reading and 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 a well-known, well-respected journalist and television news presenter



‘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) [Please note that all places for this trip have now SOLD OUT .]

Charles Causley Newport (and more) walk : led by Arthur Wills, this walk will start in the area of the Newport, a Launceston landmark, and the River Kensey before exploring the rest of the town’s sites associated with Causley

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 life and most popular poems

Launceston Town walk  (with surprise ‘pop-up’ 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

Little Trebiggan puppetry workshop  for children

Children’s Art Competition

Gwynngala Art Group arts and crafts exhibition

‘Words into Blossom’ Flower Festival 

Swanskin Printers  exhibition

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

Flowerpatch Quilters : ‘I am the Song’ display

Terre Verte’s ‘From Eden Rock to Brexit’ art exhibition

‘Music in the Square’: Festival Entertainment, Food and Drink 

(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.