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Word Factory’s ‘Cornish Renaissance’ literary salon

The Word Factory salons, hosted by Launceston- and London-based Cathy Galvin, are renowned for combining friendliness, excellent storytelling and easy conversation.

A warm welcome awaits in an evening of readings from the Guillemot Factory series by Adam Marek and from Cornish Short Stories by award-winning novelist and short story writer, Tom Vowler. They will be joined in a discussion focussed on the vitality of the short story form in Cornwall by Guillemot Press publisher Luke Thompson and Emma Timpany, editor of Cornish Short Stories.

All participants will be encouraged to send work inspired by the day to the Word Factory for possible publication on their website:

Tom Vowler’s story collection, The Method, won the Scott Prize and the Edge Hill Readers’ Prize; his novels include What Lies Within and That Dark Remembered Day. He is an Arvon tutor, and an Associate Lecturer at Plymouth University, where he completed his Ph.D. His second collection of stories, Dazzling the Gods, was published in January 2018. See:

Luke Thompson is a writer of poetry and prose, and is the founder of Guillemot Press. He has written two short sequences of poetry, The Clearing, published by Atlantic Press, and Robot Squirrel, published by zimZalla. He has worked extensively on the Cornish poet Jack Clemo, editing Clemo’s Selected Poems, and writing the first biography of him, Clay Phoenix. As editor of Guillemot Press, Luke works with writers and artists to produce beautiful short-form publications. In 2018, Guillemot will be publishing its first non-fiction, Wolfgang Hildesheimer’s Times in Cornwall, as well as embarking on an exciting collaborative relationship with The Word Factory. See:  and

Date: Friday 1 Jun

Time: 6.00 – 8.00pm

Venue: Jericho’s Kitchen, 4 Northgate St.

Cost: £5.00 (but free to all today’s 10.30am -12.30pm Word Factory short story workshop participants)


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