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‘Vagabond Verses: The Poetry of Crosbie Garstin’ (talk)


Vagabond Verses: The Poetry of Crosbie Garstin

Date:              Sunday 14th May

Time:             3.00pm (duration up to one hour)

Venue:         No. 8 Café, Westgate Street, Launceston (no.6 on the Festival venues map ). Please note : there are ten steps up to the Festival events area, and there is no wheelchair access.

Ticket price: £6.00

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David Tovey is the biographer of the Cornish-born author, artist and adventurer Crosbie Garstin (1887-1930) and draws upon Crosbie’s very varied poetry, both published and unpublished, to tell the story of his extraordinary globe-trotting life.

This saw him work as a cow-puncher, bronco-buster, lumberjack, gold miner, bushranger and cavalryman — before finding fame not only as a poet but also as the producer of comic, romantic and adventure tales, as well as witty illustrated travelogues. Many of his poems were later set to music.

Since 2000, David has written extensively on Cornish art (effectively re-writing the history of St Ives art) and has also curated numerous exhibitions on the subject for Tate St Ives, Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, and various other Art Galleries around the country. Works from his collection can also be seen in the exhibition ‘Foreign Artists Inspired by the Cornish Coast’, at Lawrence House Museum, Launceston, which runs from 3rd April to 30th June.

See also the ‘Cornish Art at Home’  open house and garden event, on Saturday May 14th.


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