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Festival Programme, 2017: shown by month, day and time


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 .

Here you can see a list showing all the events that we currently expect to feature, this year — arranged by month, day and time . Alternatively, a list of the events arranged by broad category , plus general information about booking tickets, can be seen by clicking HERE .

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 .

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.


March 2017

Tuesday 21st March

7.00pm: A celebration of Charles Causley, at Waterstone’s bookshop, Truro — a celebratory evening of poetry and music


Friday, 24th March

7.00 pm: Wine and Wisdom Quiz Evening


April 2017

(No Festival events were scheduled in this month.)


May 2017

Sunday, 14th May

11.00am [tickets still available! ] AND 2.30pm [sold out! ]: ‘Cornish Art at Home’ : two private viewings (open house and garden event), with David Tovey (with a linked  talk  by him, on Sunday 4th June )


Sunday, 21st May

2.00pm: Penheale open garden event


June 2017 (the main Festival weekend, and the following week)

Throughout the main weekend (i.e., Thursday 1st – Monday 5th June ):  a wide range of free open exhibitions and other events — see the dedicated separate web-page for these, by clicking HERE .

Thursday, 1st June

10.00am: ‘Charlotte Dymond’ field trip’ :  a guided walk, with Jane Nancarrow  [Please note that all places for this trip have now SOLD OUT.]

4.00pm: ‘The Cornish Gorsedh’ : a talk by Liz Carne, Deputy Grand Bard

5.00pm: ‘Q — the Journey to Castle Dor: Two Authors, One Book’  : a talk by Polly Gregson

6.00pm: ‘An Afternoon of Popular Poetry and Other Assorted Witty Ditties’ , with Val Bugden Cawsey

8.00pm: The Fisherman’s Friends : a concert

8.00pm: ‘Duende’ : settings of poetry by Lorca, Allende, Neruda and Marques, composed and performed by Keith James


Friday, 2nd June:

10.00am: Charles Causley’s Launceston: a guided walk , with Arthur Wills

11.00am: Laurence Green & Armand Goulipian: ‘Causley in Focus — a pair of separate but linked talks

12 noon: Luke Thompson: ‘Footsteps’  — a talk about his father, E. V. Thompson

1.00pm: Victoria Field: a writer’s workshop on journeys  (n.b.: this workshop lasts for up to 90 minutes; please also see the reading  at 6.00pm)

2.00pm: ‘Creative Communities in Cornwall’ : a talk by Fiona Wotton — linked to the ‘Cornwall 365’ exhibition   [see the entry on the ‘Exhibitions and miscellaneous events’ sub-page]

3.00pm: John Lawrence  & Gaby Morgan: ‘Illustrating and Working with Charles’ : talks, dialogue and Q&A with the illustrator of Causley’s ‘Collected Poems for Children’ and Macmillan’s children’s poetry editor) [n.b.:  90 mins]

5.00pm: Rory Waterman reads his own poetry and discusses his other work  — including the recent book ‘Belonging and Estrangement in the Work of Philip Larkin, R. S. Thomas and Charles Causley’

6.00pm: Victoria Field: ‘Poet as Pilgrim  — a reading (n.b.: see also the workshop  at 1.00pm)

7.00pm: FLIC: ‘Tin’  (a feature film, from Miracle Theatre)

8.00pm: ‘Riff-Raff and a Rickenbacker’ : songs and more, from Jeff Cloves and Tony Poole


Saturday, 3rd June:

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

10.00am: Charles Causley guided town walk , with Jane Nancarrow

11.00am: Philip Gross:  a reading, for children  [see 2.00pm, also ]

12 noon: Murray Lachlan Young: a show for children  [see 7.30pm, also ]

1.00pm: Rob Barratt  presents a session of word-play, verse and song that offers satire, parody and audience participation

2.00pm: Philip Gross: a reading, for adults  [see 11.00am, also ]3.00pm: Simon Parker reads from his new monologue  ‘A Certain Man: Charles Causley in His Own Words’

2.30pm: free concert  from the ‘Tregadillett Songbirds’ alongside the floral displays of the ‘Words into Blossom’ Flower Festival in St. Mary’s Parish Church

4.00pm: Mac Dunlop & Andrew Felton, ‘Writers-in-Residence’ : ‘Cut-Up Causley’ — their re-interpretations of Causley’s writing, and readings from their own work as the Causley Trust’s Writer-in-Residence and Mentor

5.00pm: Cahal Dallat & Anne-Marie Fyfe : music, poetry reading and talk

6.00pm: ‘The Templars, and More’ : a talk by Michael Jecks

7.30pm: Murray Lachlan Young: an evening of performance poetry, for adults [see 12 noon, also ]


Sunday, 4th June:

10.00am: Launceston Town Walk : a guided walk around the town’s landmarks, with Rob Tremain — ex-Mayor and Town Crier of Launceston (plus a few ‘pop-up’ surprise guests)

11.00am: Rehearsed readings of four short plays by Charles Causley , presented by Launceston Amateur Dramatic Society (LADS)

12.00 noon: Rick & Anna at Cyprus Well  — words from Anna-Maria Murphy, and music from by Rick Williams (including his own settings of Causley poems) at Charles’ former home

1.15pm: Story Republic ‘In Cabaret’ : tales, poems and songs on Cornish themes, in their own unique style, all delivered over a lunchtime

2.00pm (same time as next item): Little Trebiggan: ‘Wennie and Jago’s Giant Adventure’ : a performance of their puppet-play for children [see 4.00pm, also ]

ALSO at 2.00pm (same time as above item): ‘Charles Causley: the Man and His Books’ : a talk on the writer’s history of publications, by Barry Newport

3.00pm: ‘Vagabond Verses: the Poetry of Crosbie Garstin’  – a talk by David Tovey [see also the open house and garden Cornish art event ; on Sunday 14th May at 2.30pm ]

4.00pm: Little Trebiggan’s puppetry workshop for children  [see 2.00pm, also ]

5.00pm: LYT (Launceston Youth Theatre) performing two ‘pop cantatas’

7.00pm: Jim Causley in concert : an evening of songs — including his own new settings of some poems for children by his ‘Uncle Charlie’


Monday, 5th June:

2.30pm: Access Theatre : a performance about Launceston and its history, inspired by Causley’s poems and their ‘I Am the Song’ project


Tuesday, 6th June:

3.00pm: ‘Mongolica’ : an open-air performance of Mongolian music and dance by The English School of Mongolia [see 7.00pm, also ]

7.00pm: Tchaikovsky’s ‘Hector McDonald’ : a modern-day adaptation of the Tchaikovsky opera in English, performed by The English School of Mongolia [see 3.00pm, also ]

Wednesday, 7th June:

6.30pm: ‘Story Spectacles’ : a drama and creative writing performance, devised by pupils from three local primary schools, and based on poems by Charles Causley


Saturday, 10th June:

1.00pm: George Alagiah: Journalist and News Presenter  — a talk about his career as a journalist and news presenter


Summer and Autumn 2017 (i.e., after the main Festival period, in early June 2017)

July 2017

(No Festival events are currently scheduled to take place during this month.)


August 2017

Fun day,  to mark the actual date of the centenary of Charles Causley’s birth, Thursday 24th August 2017 ,  on the green at Launceston Castle. Free admission.


September 2017

(No Festival events are currently scheduled to take place during this month.)


October 2017

Sunday 1st October

8.00 pm: broadcast of the one-hour revised Causley documentary film on BBC4 (and also available on i-Player for 30 days afterwards)


November 2017

(No Festival events are currently scheduled to take place during this month.)


December 2017

Please watch out for announcements on this website and elsewhere about seasonal events and celebrations (with the possibility of a surprise special guest) on, and/or around, the weekend of Friday 8th – Sunday 10th December 2017 !


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.