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Launceston’s Festival of Arts and Literature SETH LAKEMAN PATRICK GALE JIM CAUSLEY KURT JACKSON and much more..

June 2nd June 9th 2019 www.charlescausleyfestival.co.uk

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WELCOME... ... to the annual Charles Causley Festival of Arts & Literature 2019! We hope that you enjoy the varied arts programme that has been put together by a dedicated Festival committee for this, the 10th anniversary Festival. Fittingly the anniversary gift for 10-year anniversaries is tin, so we welcome you to the town of Launceston to join with us in celebrating our diverse Cornish heritage as well as a multitude of arts offerings over this extended, hopefully sunny, weekend in June. In 2018, The Charles Causley Festival officially merged with The Charles Causley Trust and both organisations are now working together to promote not only the legacy of Charles’s poetry, but also to encourage and support the next generations of writers, artists, musicians, storytellers and makers of all kinds and The Causley Festival is a fantastic example of exactly that in action. We actively support South West talent, and in particular, Cornish talent wherever we can, and we are spreading the word about it, locally, nationally and internationally. We want to encourage people of all ages to get out and take advantage of the culture that is on offer in Cornwall and the South West and so we hope that you will have a look through this brochure and maybe take a chance on something new. We have a fantastic range of art, music, storytelling, workshops, talks, film, poetry and so much more to delight and inspire, and all in buildings and venues across the very town that Charles Causley was born in, worked in and spent the last years of his life in with his beloved cat by his side. The Festival really is a celebration of the same kind of creative energy that nurtured Charles throughout his life and gave him the inspiration to be such a hugely prolific writer and poet. I really hope that there is something in the programme for everyone and if you like what you see and hear then please do tweet about it on your social media platforms tagging us in on @causley_fest and @causleytrust and help to spread the word far and wide. Happy Causley Festival everyone! Kate Campbell

Programme Director at The Charles Causley Trust

TICKETS Unless specified on individual event listings tickets for all Festival events can be purchased from Cornwall Riviera Box Office (CRBO) and there are a variety of ways to buy your tickets. Visit the CRBO website www.crbo.co.uk or click the links from the Festival Facebook page www.facebook.com/ CharlesCausleyfestival and website www.charlescausleyfestival.co.uk to purchase online. Call CRBO direct on 01726 879500 to purchase over the phone. All prices are inclusive of booking fees. Purchase tickets in person by ringing or visiting Launceston Tourist Information Centre, White Hart Arcade, Broad St, PL15 8AA. 01566 772321. TIC opening hours are usually Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm. Tickets purchased over the phone will be held at the TIC for collection. If the TIC is closed, purchased tickets will be available on the door for collection. There may be tickets available to buy on the door, subject to availability. Please note that some free events need to be booked in order to reserve a place.

CAR PARKING IN LAUNCESTON There are a number of pay and display car parks in the town, both short and long stay, where normal charges apply. Parking is free on a Sunday. Short stay Castle Street, Launceston PL15 8BA Cattle Market, Launceston PL15 9BA Pannier Market, Launceston PL15 7BA Long Stay Cattle Market, Launceston PL15 9BA Duke Street, Launceston PL15 8HD Tower Street, Launceston PL15 8BQ Race Hill, Launceston Walkhouse, Launceston PL15 8BQ For the most up-to date information about the Festival go to: www.charlescausleyfestival.co.uk For more information about The Charles Causley Trust go to: www.causleytrust.org The Charles Causley Trust is a Registered Charity No. 1152107. Company No. 08239130

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The Festival organisers make every effort to ensure that the information in this brochure is correct at the time of going to press and that performances take place as advertised but we reserve the right to alter the programme as and when necessary. In the event of a cancellation, a refund of the ticket value will be made; otherwise tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded once purchased.

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Charles Causley the man, the poet, the teacher

Drawing by Hugh Dunford Wood, 1982

Charles Causley was born on 24 August 1917 in Launceston, Cornwall, and spent most of his life here until his death in 2003. Causley was brought up by his mother after his father died shortly after the 1st World War of a lung condition induced by the conditions under which he served in the trenches. Charles showed early literary interests and talent, reading widely in his teens and writing plays for local production and publication. His first play ‘Runaway’ was published when he was only nineteen. Charles went on to write and publish a huge range of poetry books for both adults and children throughout his life. His poetry includes many references to Cornwall and its legends, his stature being recognized by his appointment as a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd in 1955. His scope and interests, however, stretched far beyond his native county. Many of the poems relate to fellow artists whose works he revered: Keats, John Clare, Jack Clemo, Cecil Day Lewis, Lorca, Van Gogh and the sculptor of local East Cornish origin, Nevill Northey Burnard among others and he also counted Ted Hughes and Jack Clemo amongst his closest friends. Many of his books of verse for children have been illustrated by prominent artists including Tony Ross, and in addition to his poetry, Causley wrote plays, short stories and opera librettos. He was also a prolific editor of collections of poetry. In addition he contributed poems and articles to literary magazines including The Listener, The London Magazine and Poetry Quarterly. Much of his work is now included in educational books for young children. Charles Causley is acknowledged as one of the very finest Twentieth Century English poets. His poetic reputation was worldwide and brought him many awards, among them The Queen’s Gold Medal and The Ingersoll/TS Eliot Award. He received the Hon DLitt from the University of Exeter, where his archive is now held, he was made a CBE in 1986 and a Royal Society of Literature Companion of Literature in 2000. Both Charles and his mum Laura are buried at St Thomas Church where his grave simply reads ‘Poet’.

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Pre Festival: June 2nd - June 6th Jim Causley

This event is kindly sponsored by Howdens Joinery, Launceston

Sunday June 2 St Thomas Church - 7.00pm £8.00 nd

Join Jim Causley at St Thomas Church for a candlelit evening of his musical settings of poems by his relative, the celebrated Cornish poet Charles Causley. In 2017 Charles’s centenary was celebrated with a BBC biopic film about his life featuring interviews with well-loved modern poets such as Sir Andrew Motion, Roger McGough and Simon Armitage and the soundtrack to the film was made up entirely of the music from Jim’s album Cyprus Well, recorded in the late poet’s house. Jim will introduce you to Charles with fascinating stories about his life and leaving the audience with a real sense of the man behind the spellbinding poetry. During the past decade Jim has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Since the release of his debut album in 2005, Jim’s unique voice and persona have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. A prolific collaborator, Jim is hugely admired for his work with iconic groups The Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley as well as playing, touring and recording alongside Waterson:Carthy, John McCusker, Eddie Reader, Graham Coxson, Shirley Collins, Michael Morpurgo, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame and many more. Westcountry father of folk Geoff Lakeman described Jim as possessing “A voice in a million” in a recent interview in the Western Morning News, some accolade indeed!

The Causley Festival Shop Window Art Exhibition Extravaganza!

Aspects of North Cornwall Coast III by Leo Saunders

An art exhibition with a difference. Throughout the Festival there will be a shop window art exhibition of work by local artists - many Launceston shops have generously donated a bit of their shop window space for a painting for two weeks, creating a gallery of excellent local artwork that stretches throughout the town – take a wander around and see this unique exhibition showcasing artworks. The Shop Window Art Exhibition has been organised by Terre Verte Art Gallery, Altarnun and most of the artwork will be for sale – look out for the card with price details in the shop windows. Full catalogues of all exhibited paintings will be available from Terre Verte Gallery, The Tourist Information Centre and The Causley Trust offices at Southgate Arch. All enquiries to Terre Verte Gallery on 01566 880405. Tag us in on your favourites on Twitter and Facebook - @causleytrust #CausleyFestivalShopWindowArtExhibitionExtravaganza! A big thank you to all of Launceston’s shops for supporting our first shop window exhibition. From 25th May to 10th June – and it’s free! 6

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Pre Festival: June 2nd - June 6th Charlotte Dymond Field Trip with Jane Nancarrow

Thursday June 6th 10.00am - 3.00pm £10.00 includes transport and tea (bring your own picnic) Minibus leaves from Westgate Street Coach Park, Launceston Follow in the footsteps of Charlotte Dymond, brutally murdered allegedly by her lover on Bodmin Moor. Author Jane Nancarrow will take you to Roughtor, the scene of the murder, and to Davidstow Church where she is buried. Listen to Charles Causley’s The Ballad of Charlotte Dymond and to other readings by Jane. Bring your own picnic for lunch, and stop off at the Terre Verte Gallery in Altarnun for an afternoon cup of tea where there is an exhibition of paintings about the moors.

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Poetry workshop and open mic, with Jenny Alexander Poetry workshop: Small Celebrations With Jenny Alexander Wednesday June 5th 6.00pm - 7.30 pm Launceston Library Free but booking essential via the Tourist Information Centre (01566 772321)

Open mic session: Celebrate Together! 7.45pm - 9.00pm Free – no need to book

Every kind of writing is a celebration of life, with all its ups and downs. That’s what makes writing so pleasurable. Come along and create your own small celebrations in this poetry workshop, which is suitable for all levels of writing experience. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.

*Read aloud time less than 4 minutes, please – let’s keep things moving!

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No need to book. Just come to listen, or bring a poem, song or very short* piece of prose with you if you would like to read. You don’t need to have written it yourself. Jenny Alexander has written fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages. Her children’s fiction includes Blue Peter Book Club choice How to Get What You Want, by Peony Pinker and Red House Children’s Book Awards Highly Commended Car-Mad Jack. Her funny self-help book, Bullies, Bigmouths and Socalled Friends, still tops its Amazon categories more than ten years after publication and her Young Adult novel about sibling suicide, Drift, is recommended by Cruse Bereavement Care. Jenny has written three books for writers and placed articles in many magazines, including Mslexia, Writers’ Forum, The Author and Writing Magazine, (where she currently has a monthly column) and Free-Range Writing Through the Year. 7


Pre Festival: June 2nd - June 6th Music by Thomas Ford Thursday June 6th 8.00pm - 10.00pm No 8 Cafe - £10.00

One-man blues band Thomas Ford has been playing sold out shows at some of Europe’s biggest and best-known blues, jazz and roots music Festivals for the last 5 years or so, having established a large following in the UK. His self-penned blues songs are observant, cynical, loaded with humour, innuendo and rooted in delta blues tradition. His virtuoso bottleneck guitar playing and raucous rack-mounted harmonica are complemented by foot stomped percussion and vocals which are shouted, spat and snarled from an otherwise reserved mouth. If you’re a blues fan, this gig is essential. “Exceptional” Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

Gwynngala Exhibition

Thursday June 6th - Saturday 8th White Hart Hotel (Function Room) 10.00am - 5.00pm Free Entry Twelve original Gwynngala Artists and Makers formed the group in 1996. Living mostly in North Cornwall around Launceston, isolated by miles of countryside and moor, they felt they needed interaction with other artists, and could benefit by having group shows. This they did, with great success, and for many years ran “The Southgate Arch” as a gallery. The group now comprises around twenty one members. Dynamic and fluid, with some change in membership every year, yet retaining the diversity of styles and work, Gwynngala has gone from strength to strength. Work presented to the public includes the excitingly experimental, alongside the more traditional contemporary. Gwynngala is the Cornish word for September, the month of the group’s first ever exhibition in 1996.

Swanskin Exhibition ‘Play Your Cards Right’

L - R: K  atie Godden Green Jacqui Harris

Thursday June 6th - Sunday 9th Southgate Arch 10.00am - 4.00pm Free Entry

Swanskin Printmakers are working on miniatures. They are producing art on, with, and about playingcards. Drop in see the range of style, media and ideas the Swanskin Printmakers have been playing with.

Swanskin Workshop ‘Play Your Cards Right’ Saturday June 8th - Sunday 9th Southgate Arch 10.00am - 3.00pm Free Entry - Drop In

Visit the artists in the arch on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 10am - 3pm to have a go at making your own mini artwork! On Kilmar Tor by Richard Sharland

Terre Verte Exhibition Rediscovering Fowey Moor Throughout the Festival Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm Terre Verte Gallery, Altarnun

An exhibition by artists of North Cornwall exploring the spirit and essence of place of the moorland that was renamed Bodmin Moor by the Ordnance Survey in 1812. For centuries before it was known as Fowey Moor or Foy Moor. Exhibitors include Pete Bousfield, Robin Paris, Brian Handscomb, Richard Sharland, Tina Kutter, David Penhale, Vanessa Allen and others. Left: Tide Right: Pink Angel both by Leo Saunders

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Friday 7th June

10.00am-11.30am - Start Castle Green Suggested donation of £2.00 Rob is a Lanson man and knows all of the town’s secret places and stories. Join Rob on a walk around the historic streets of Launceston and learn about the places and people that have made it what it is today. Rob’s seemingly endless knowledge will bring Launceston to life in new and unexpected ways. Rob will be including some of Charles Causley’s poetry on his walk around the town. Rob Tremain has been Town Crier for over 40 years and a town councillor for nearly the same. He is a Cornish speaker and a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh.

Swanskin Exhibition 10.00am - 4.00pm (see page 8)

David Devanny Poetry App Launch and Demo Walk Midday - 1.00pm Cyprus Well - Entry by donation Join David Devanny, Causley Writer in Residence 2018, at Cyprus Well for the first preview and launch of a new locative GPS smartphone poetry app, produced in association with the Charles Causley Trust. This will be followed by an optional extra short demo and walk (be warned it’s a little hilly!). Bring your phones! David is a poet & multimedia artist, a lecturer in English, Writing and Publishing at Falmouth University and a Trustee at The Charles Causley Trust. 10

Poets Alyson Hallett and Penelope Shuttle in conversation followed by a reading of their book Lzrd

Alyson Hallett

1.00pm - 3.00pm The Guildhall - £6.00

Come and hear poets Alyson Hallet and Penelope Shuttle at the Guildhall where they will be in conversation talking about Charles’s life and work, his influence on their writing Penelope Shuttle and reading key poems of his. The second hour of the event will see them reading from their recent poetry book Lzrd which will draw on the previous hour’s conversation, in ways of writing about Cornwall. They will be selling and signing copies of Lzrd at the end. In this collection of poems drawn from the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, land is not just alive and singing, it’s full of mischief and mystery and power. Beaches, serpentine stone, cliffs, chips: the Lizard is a prayer book with the pages in a deliberate wrong order. The Lizard is a church made of Celtic air. Everything is tinged with salt and freshened with a breeze that’s fast and furious off the sea. St. Keverne, Cury, Ruan Minor - wherever Lzrd goes, it invites you to the party. This book opens its doors and says come in, come with us as we travel across this magical land. Alyson Hallett: Besides publishing six books and pamphlets of poetry, Alyson has also written drama and an audio-diary for BBC Radio 4, an essay Chalk for BBC Radio 3, drama for Sky Television, a book of short stories. She has a practicebased PhD in poetry, and is a freelance lecturer at the University of the West of England and Falmouth University and she has taught with the Arvon Foundation. Penelope Shuttle has made her home in Cornwall since 1970 and the county’s mercurial weather and rich history are continuing sources of inspiration. So too is the personal and artistic union Shuttle shared with her husband, the poet Peter Redgrove, until his untimely death in 2003. The fruitful nature of their relationship is celebrated in her poetry and in the work they accomplished together, most notably in the ground-breaking feminist studies on menstruation, The Wise Wound, and its sequel, Alchemy for Women.

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Launceston Town Walk with added Causley With Rob Tremain

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Friday 7th June Kurt Jackson at Cyprus Well: Launceston Revisited 6.00pm The Eagle House Hotel - £10.00 Join leading contemporary artist Kurt Jackson for a talk about his recent stay at Cyprus Well, his art, poetry and Charles Causley. Kurt works and lives in West Cornwall but has had a long relationship with North Cornwall since childhood. Much of his work (writing, painting and sculpture) results from his engagement with nature and the environment here in Cornwall. He has recently had a fourth book published – A Botanical Landscape – collating his writings and visual art about the plant kingdom. Over the past thirty years Jackson has had numerous art publications released to accompany his exhibitions. Three monographs on Jackson have been published by Lund Humphries depicting his career so far: A New Genre of Landscape Painting (2010), Sketchbooks (2012) and A Kurt Jackson Bestiary (2015). A Sansom & Company book based on his touring exhibition Place was released in 2014. A collection of his poetry And was produced in 2011. Jackson regularly contributes to radio and television and presents environmentally informed art documentaries for the BBC. He was the subject for an award-winning BBC documentary, A Picture of Britain. He has been Artist in Residence on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, at the Eden Project and at Glastonbury Festival since 1999. He has an Honorary Doctorate (DLitt) from Exeter University and is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford University as well as an academician at the Royal West of England Academy. He is an ambassador for Survival International and frequently works with Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WaterAid, Oxfam and Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

St Stephens Hill, Launceston, Rain at Dusk

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Nick Stokes – Cotehele House talk 4.00pm - 5.00pm Guildhall - £5.00 Cotehele, antiquarian home of the Edgcumbe family, nestling high on the Cornwall bank of the River Tamar, has been described by Peter Beecham in the 2014 edition of Nikolaus Pevsner’s The Buildings of England: Cornwall as ‘the most extensive, complete and important Tudor house of Cornwall’. It was an ancestral home of the Edgcumbe family from 1353 until it was given to the National Trust in 1947 via the Government in lieu of death taxes.  Nick Stokes is the House and Collections Manager at Cotehele.  He will focus on the Edgcumbe family’s story of creating and curating an antiquarian home during the eighteenth century, forming a vision of the past at their ancient family seat, and still seen by visitors today. charlescausleyfestival.co.uk

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Friday 7th June

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Colette

FILM SPECIAL AS PART OF THE FESTIVAL

Doors open 7:00pm Film starts 7:30pm Certificate: 15 Duration: 111 mins Town Hall For more information and booking visit www.flic-launceston.co.uk Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.

Green Poetry & Supper 7.00pm The Green House £10.00 (includes supper)

Enjoy an evening of environmental poetry over a drink and a meal at Launceston’s vegetarian restaurant, The Green House. Local poets will read their own work as well as poems by well-known poets - bring your favourite green poem along too. Supper included: tickets limited, booking in advance recommended via The Green House cafe on 01566 772435.

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Saturday 8th June

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Story Republic 11.00am - 3.00pm

Jane Nancarrow Causley Poetry Walk

10.00am - 11.30am Meeting outside The Eagle House Hotel at 10.00am - Suggested donation of £2.00 Jane was taught by Charles Causley and has fond memories of him as both teacher and poet. Jane will introduce you to many of the Launceston locations that inspired Charles Causley’s poetry, and her readings of those poems are both moving and inspiring. Launceston is a hilly town – the walk will involve steep hills, but the pace is gentle. Jane is a published author and her books set in Cornwall are available from the Launceston TIC.

Swanskin Exhibition 10.00am - 4.00pm (see page 8)

Swanskin Workshop 10.00am - 3.00pm (see page 8)

Join Story Republicans Connie Crosby, Keith Sparrow, Olivia Lowry and Jowan Jacobs at various pop-up venues in Launceston throughout Festival Saturday. The Story Republicans are a troupe of charming, glamourous word-sharers who have developed a distinctive brand of performance bringing literature to life. Well known at Festivals and literary events, they illuminate work by poet Charles Causley, playwright Nick Darke and contemporary writers such as Anna Maria Murphy and Simon Parker. Watch them celebrate Cornwall’s wit, wonder and idiosyncrasy through short stories, poems and folk song to captivate and caress your imagination. Suitable for all ages. Here is a guide to where and when they will be appearing but do be patient, they may be a few minutes either side but they are well worth the wait. 11:00 – 11:20 11:30 – 11:50 12noon – 12:20 12:30 – 12:50 13:25 – 13:45 13:55 – 14:15 14:25 – 3:00

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Lego Workshop with Cornish Translations 10.00am - Midday Launceston Library and Information Service Free - Drop In

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Saturday 8th June Patrick Gale

11.00am - Midday The Eagle House Hotel - £10.00 Come and meet Cornwall’s most westerly writer who will be giving a talk at this year’s Festival about his latest novel. Patrick Gale’s fourth Sunday Times Bestseller, Take Nothing With You, tells how learning the cello transforms the life of shy onlychild, Eustace, and transfigures his grim boyhood in Weston-super-Mare. But it also shows how his cello lessons enable an adulterous affair that will shatter his family. Taking its cues from Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Shoes and L P Hartley’s The Go Between, this funnysad novel explores the getting of resilience and what it takes to be a survivor. You can find more details and read reviews at www.galewarning.org

Mike O’ Connor and Barbara Griggs – Odysseus Dreaming 1.00pm - 2.30pm Guildhall - £5.00 Odysseus Dreaming is a stunning performance piece of storytelling, music and song from Mike O’Connor accompanied by harpist Barbara Griggs. It is the story of Odysseus, Greek hero of the Iliad and the Odyssey and based on texts by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, Dante and Tennyson. Mike O’ Connor is a well-known storyteller, with a deep knowledge of legend and folk tale and great skill with language. He is a bard of Gorsedh Kernow and holds the Henwood Medal of the Royal Institute of Cornwall. Well-known as a violinist, songwriter and musicologist, he has recently become familiar to a wider audience for his work on songs and additional music for TV’s Poldark. Mike researched and devised Odysseus Dreaming and in performance he tells the story, sings and plays the violin. Barbara Griggs is a skilled and sensitive musician; her principal instruments are the harp and the viol. Herself a fine storyteller, Barbara has a deep understanding of storytelling and wrote most of the music for Odysseus Dreaming. Her music has been described as having breathtaking beauty. Suitable for adults and young adults. charlescausleyfestival.co.uk

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Sally Crabtree – The Poetry Postie 11.00am – 3.30pm All around Launceston The Poetry Postie has delivered poetic inspiration to the Nation and beyond - including to the United Nations - and you can catch her on her rounds at the Festival on the Saturday. Hop on the bike and help create an instant Sing - 0 - Gram, make an edible poem from the Food for the Soul parcel or delve in to the post bag to see if there is a special delivery for you. There’ll also be a chance to make your own Parcel Pet - have you met them yet? With her colourful, quirky, interactive performances, The Poetry Postie inspires whole communities to explore the notion of communication – communicating with oneself (something poetry helps one to do) with those close to you and those further away. It gets communities communicating,  allowing them to discover the poetic heart of themselves. The projects aim to raise aspirations and show everyone that there is a big world out there – one that they can forge a link with. To remind us, through poetry, that underneath it all we are all part of one community – the world. 15


Saturday 8th June

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Bagas Degol – The Winding World 3.30pm Town Hall Adults £9.00 / Children £7.00 / Family £25.00

Tregadillet Songbirds

Midday St Mary Magdalene’s Church - Entry by donation The Tregadillett Songbirds are a ladies choir formed in 2011 with just a handful of members. Now 35 strong and under the guidance of our Musical director Roy Wilton, we are supported by accompanists Rob Parkins and Sarah Vinson. We sing a mix of musicals, classic and pop music. All appearances are for charity and entry is by donation. We support a different charity each year and this year our charity is a local one, the Launceston Memory Café.

Annie Fisher

Pop-in Poetry for Children 2.00pm Launceston Museum Free Pop in and have a go at writing a poem or contributing to a group poem. Poet and Storyteller Annie Fisher will provide ideas, objects and poems to get you started. Annie visits Somerset primary schools regularly, telling stories and running poetry workshops. Her poems are sometimes silly, sometimes serious and sometimes both at the same time. The emphasis will be on playful poems and poems which tell a story. www.fireriverpoets.org.uk Fire River Poets is a small group of Somerset poets who share their work in monthly meetings. They also organise public poetry events, competitions and work with schools.

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The Winding World is based on a true tale.  Some clocks strike the dawn. Some strike midnight, some strike not at all... Like any place else, The Winding World has its fair share of quirks and oddities, secrets and lies. Originating from a local tale about a baby found in the snow, in a Cornish cove, The Winding World is a love story told through words, poetry, songs and music. The Winding World is the third collaboration between musicians and composers Bagas Degol and writer Anna Maria Murphy. Bagas Degol comprises multi-instrumentalists and composers Rick Williams, David Twomlow, Alan Burton and David Trahair. They play pipes, fiddles, drums, keyboards, flutes, banjos, guitars and instruments you have never seen, plus they sing. Anna Maria Murphy is a writer with Kneehigh Theatre, BBC Radio 4 and many others. The story will be told with original stories, songs and soundtrack written by Anna Maria Murphy and the musicians of Bagas Degol.

This event is kindly sponsored by The Waste Company, Launceston

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Saturday 8th June Resonet Choir

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3.15pm St Mary Magdalene’s Church Free Resonet is a small a-cappella choir based in Plymouth. The choir specialises in Renaissance repertoire but has sung accompanied music from every century from the 14th to the 20th. Its first members originally got together to sing at Christmas, then carried on singing madrigals into the New Year, and fifteen years later the choir is still going strong. Resonet performs throughout the year in some of the Westcountry’s most beautiful venues. Recent concerts have taken the choir from the waterside church of St Winnow, on the banks of the Fowey, to the Dartmoor church of Sampford Spiney. The church has a long association with Blisland on Bodmin Moor, one of Sir John Betjeman’s favourite churches. Resonet’s Plymouth home is the Church of Christ the King - Giles Gilbert Scott’s final commission and one of the city’s architectural gems - which boasts superb acoustics.

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 6:00pm The Green House café - £5.00

Join Launceston artist, Nev Ackroyd at The Green House café in Launceston for an evening of epic poetry and food. Nev has created a series of new paintings based on the famous Coleridge poem and has committed the whole epic to heart. Surrounded by a debut exhibition of these paintings, Nev will perform a recitation of the whole poem. Supper included; tickets limited. book direct with the Green House café on 01566 772435. This is one not to miss. charlescausleyfestival.co.uk

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OUR HEADLINE ACT

Seth Lakeman 8.00pm Town Hall - £20.00

Charismatic singer-songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Seth Lakeman recorded and released his acclaimed, ninth solo album The Well Worn Path on a short break from his whirlwind world tour with rock legend Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters in 2018. Seth has been touring around the world for the last year with Robert Plant, playing as part of his band and also opening shows with his own set. Seth returns in 2019 to touring and Festival dates with his brilliant new four-piece band featuring long-time collaborator Ben Nicholls (upright and electric bass), plus new boys Kit Hawes (electric and acoustic guitar) and Evan Jenkins (drums). Since the Mercury Prize nominated Kitty Jay (recorded in his kitchen for £300), and the followup gold-selling Freedom Fields, Seth Lakeman has relentlessly pushed his musical boundaries and those of folk and roots music. The Well Worn Path is a return to a no-nonsense, organic, classic folk-rock approach with hints of Fairport Convention, Neil Young, Nick Cave and Billy Bragg. Plus Lakeman’s trademark foot-stomping, fiddle bow-shredding and soaring vocals. www.sethlakeman.co.uk “A searing and righteous cracker” Daily Mirror “Lakeman looks back to rock out... classy album” Songlines “Lakeman continues to impress and surpass himself” entertainment-focus.com 17


Sunday 9th June Open Morning at Cyprus Well with Laurence Green 10.00am – 1.00pm Free - donations welcome

A chance to visit Cyprus Well - the house that Charles Causley lived in for over 50 years. His study and living area have been restored to their original condition, and Charles’s desk, typewriter and piano are all on view. Your host will be Laurence Green who wrote Charles’s biography All Cornwall Thunders at My Door and who is now undertaking a major study of the influences of religion on Charles’s poetry. Drop in between 10am and 1.00pm. Im Fischerdorf - In the Fisherman’s

A Private Viewing of Cornish Art The Old Vicarage, Broadwoodwidger PL16 0EP Two sessions: 1 0.30am-12.30pm 1.30pm – 3.30pm Please arrive promptly. There is ample parking Entry by ticket - £5.00

David Tovey has not only curated many exhibitions of Cornish art for public galleries around the country, but also put together his own extensive collection, with a bias towards the marine painters of all nationalities who worked in Cornwall. His interest in the St Ives colony, dubbed “the Mecca of the seascapist”, stems from the fact that his great-grandfather, William Titcomb, was one of the early settlers there, whilst he has been focussing recently on Polperro as he is writing a history of art there for an exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery.  There have been numerous additions to the collection since our last visit. 18

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Swanskin Exhibition 10.00am - 4.00pm (see page 8)

Swanskin Workshop 10.00am - 3.00pm (see page 8)

The Quartet Poets Midday Guildhall - £5.00

This event is brought to you in partnership with The Q Fund and profits will be split between the two organisations.

Join The Quartet Poets for a poetry event full of insight, laughter and surprises. Poets Bert Biscoe and Pol Hodge whose work as duo Dew Vardh combining Cornish, English and Cornish dialect poems, songs, have been entertaining audience for the past 20 years. Jo Egar is an accomplished poet whose work explores folklore, feelings and landscapes and Des Hannigan is a fisherman, climber, traveller and journalist whose poetry delves into the landscapes of Penwith, fishing trade and human nature. This event is brought to you in partnership with the Q Fund who distribute small grants to support research work in literary or allied subjects with a connection to Cornwall. The Fund is keen to promote diversity, excellence and creativity in Cornish literature and humanities. The Fund was established with a legacy following the death of ‘Q’, Sir Arthur Quiller Couch, who lived in Fowey. Q was a prolific writer, Professor of English  Literature at Cambridge University, Chairman of Cornwall Education Committee and Commodore of the Royal Fowey Yacht Club. THE CHARLES CAUSLEY FESTIVAL 2019


Sunday 9th June

Writers Day

Cathy Galvin

Welcome to our Writers Day Workshops, both led by experienced, published writers. You can do one or the other or both – the morning session compliments the afternoon session - both are suitable for everyone from the absolute beginner to the published author. Book individual sessions as priced or book both at the discounted rate of £20.

Creative Collage-Making for Writers Morning Writers Workshop 11.00am – 1.00pm The Eagle House Hotel - £10.00 Our morning writing session with writer Jenny Alexander is a fun, creative session aimed at sparking your imagination. Collage making is a brilliant technique for gaining information and insights into what you want to write or keeping things flowing with your work in progress. This workshop, which Jenny has provided many times for writers’ organisations including the Society of Authors, Mantle Arts and the Scattered Authors’ Society, covers why it works, how it works, how to do it and how to use it. “Suitable for all levels of writing experience, from complete beginners to published authors. I often use Jenny’s collage activity to explore the subconscious world of my stories. A great resource, and an inspiring writing teacher” - L A Weatherly. Bestselling author Jenny Alexander has written fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages. Her children’s fiction includes Blue Peter Book Club choice How to Get What You Want, by Peony Pinker and Red House Children’s Book Awards Highly Commended Car-Mad Jack. Her funny self-help book, Bullies, Bigmouths and So-called Friends, still tops its Amazon categories more than ten years after publication and her Young Adult novel about sibling suicide, Drift, is recommended by Cruse Bereavement Care. Jenny has written three books for writers and placed articles in many magazines, including Mslexia, Writers’ Forum, The Author and Writing Magazine (where she currently has a monthly column) and Free-Range Writing Through the Year.

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Finding the Inner Story: Life Writing in Poetry and Prose Afternoon Writers Workshop 3.00pm – 6.00pm The Eagle House Hotel - £15.00 Join journalist and writer Cathy Galvin in this formal afternoon writing workshop that finishes with an informal reading session over a drink from the hotel bar. The spaces between memoir, life-writing and creative non-fiction offer opportunities to create narratives from real life in a range of exciting ways in both poetry and prose. This workshop will increase your confidence in writing about your own life, or the lives of those close to you. There will be conversation, analysis, and writing exercises to enjoy and take away. Suitable for anyone, published or unpublished, seeking to broaden the potential of their writing and imagination. Cathy Galvin is a journalist and poet. She has worked as a senior editor for Newsweek and the Sunday Times. She is also founder and director of The Word Factory, the UK’s leading promoter of short fiction. She has published two pamphlets of poetry, Black and Blue and Rough Translation (Melos Press) and has been published widely in journals and anthologies. She has been the recipient of a Hawthornden Fellowship and is working towards a poetry PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she was shortlisted for their inaugural life-writing prize. She lives in Cornwall. There is a Sunday Lunch Menu available between midday and 2.30pm at The Eagle House Hotel. Advance booking recommended on 01566 774488.

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Sunday 9th June Places of Poetry: Writing the Poetry of Place, Heritage and Identity with Andrew McRae and special guest poet 10.30am Guildhall Free Andrew McRae will introduce the Places of Poetry project, launched across England and Wales on 30 May 2019. Places of Poetry centres on a distinctive digital map of England and Wales. Through the course of a four-month summer public campaign, writers from across the country will be invited to write new poems of place, heritage and identity, and pin them to the map. Places of Poetry will prompt reflection on national and cultural identities in England and Wales, celebrating the diversity, heritage and personalities of place. Andrew McRae is Professor of Renaissance Studies in the Department of English at Exeter University.

Jim Carey & The Sabateurs: Riots and Lobsters Figgie Hobbin Soiree at Cyprus Well with Anna Maria Murphy, Rick Williams and Simon Parker Two sessions: 2 .00pm - 3.00pm 4.00pm - 5.00pm Cyprus Well - £5.00

Join writer and ‘word-witch’ Anna Maria Murphy, musician Rick Williams and playwright Simon Parker for songs, poems and storytelling based around Charles Causley’s poetry. Join them in this intimate setting as they explore their love of words, music and Causley in the house where Charles lived and wrote for half a century. Tea and Figgie Hobbin will be served (included in the ticket price).

7.00pm Launceston Town Hall Adult £10.00 / Children £8.00 / Family £28.00

Songs written by acclaimed Cornish playwright Nick Darke and Jim Carey, originally performed by Kneehigh. An exhilarating evening exploring the whirling words and worlds of the acclaimed Cornish playwright, Nick Darke with esteemed composer and musician Jim Carey and his band of Saboteurs. A unique evening of music first created for plays including Ting Tang Mine, The Bogus, The King of Prussia, and The Riot, toured nationally by Kneehigh in the 1990s, here re-imagined and arranged in a fresh new context by the original composer Jim Carey.

Limited space so booking is essential but we will be running two sessions during the afternoon. See page 24 for our Figgie Hobbin recipe! charlescausleyfestival.co.uk

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A Conversation with Patrick Gale Patrick Gale, Patron of The Causley Trust is the author of the Emmy award-winning drama Man in an Orange Shirt. Here he tells The Causley Trust intern Rose Bonner about his ever-evolving career as a writer and his experience as an author of a BBC produced drama. Hello Patrick, could you start off by telling me a bit about your life and what inspired you to develop an interest in writing? I have been a writer nearly all my working life, which is quite unusual. I had a very early start and I wrote my first novel when I was 21. I had always written just for fun, and I was trying to become an actor at that stage but writing really took me by surprise as a career option, I always thought I would do it for fun, but then I got an agent who managed to sell my book, and then I wrote another one, and another one. I sort of haven’t stopped. I hear that you are writing a novel about Charles Causley’s life, what interests you about him? Causley’s work has always spoken to me, partly because of its directness. It has the directness of prose and that’s why it is so successful with children, because the language is very clean and very clear. But, as a novelist, the thing that really grabs me about him is the oddness of his life, he is so unlike your typical poet, if you think of people like Ted Hughes or Philip Larkin, it turns out that they have had pretty wild love lives, whereas Causley just lived with his mother most of his life until she died. Charles was an only child, everything about it is very strange, and of course once I started researching his life, it got more and more interesting. I also found out that Causley was a coder in the war, and he had to be trained to take messages out of code and put them back into code, I then thought that this was a really good metaphor for this man who compartmentalised his life. I know that I want to write about his youth, right up until the end of the second world war, so arguably, what I am doing is writing about the making of a poet. His mother interests me equally and she is going to have an equal share of the novel. Her story is really interesting and is far less well known, she was this very tough working-class young woman, she really had to fight to survive to put bread on the table. What amazes me is, this woman, who didn’t read a great deal, produces this child who must have been like a star child, he was so unlike other children, certainly children from his

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background, and that fascinates me. I hope what I can do is give a jolly good shake to the official version of Causley and make people realise there is something much darker and more ambivalent there. Can you tell me about anything you would like to achieve with the book about Causley? I would really love to get people reading the poems, if the book leads to people going out and buying the poems, then my work is done. It is particularly lovely having Angel Hill right there because ‘Angel Hill’ is one of my favourite Causley poems, and it is certainly going to be absolutely central to my plot, the climax of the book will be based quite closely on that poem. What are the struggles of writing a novel? Do you ever get writer’s block? I never recognise writer’s block, I think when people are chronically blocked as writers, in my experience, it is usually because they are putting the wrong kind of pressure on, they are usually trying to write too quickly, and I’ve learnt to be very slow in beginning a project. At the moment, I am in the very early days of this Causley project and I’m not really putting pen to paper at all, apart from taking notes about things I’m reading in books or seeing in the streets, I am also taking endless photographs. I won’t start the actual writing until I’ve got a really clear image in my head of the shape of the book and the voices. Even then, when I start, I’ll probably almost immediately stop again and go off and do more reading so, for me it is not so much writer’s block that is the problem, it is usually the inevitable self-doubt that besets all writers. You start a project and you have these terrible days where you think nobody is going to be interested. I’ve learnt to be quite positive about those negative feelings and recognise them as an important part of the creative process. You need to challenge yourself and you also need to recognise when you’re bored, because if you’re bored, then your reader is definitely going to be bored.

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The Charles Causley Trust Young People’s Poetry Prize 2019 Sponsored by Patrick Gale In celebration of the work of the Cornish poet Charles Causley, the Young People’s Poetry Prize 2019 aims to encourage and enable young writers to have a go at writing poetry themselves. Charles wrote prolifically for adults and for young people and much of his inspiration came from what was going on around him in his home town of Launceston in Cornwall. With this in mind, we want the young poets of the future to be inspired to write their own poetry responding to this year’s theme of ‘Place’. You can enter through your school, as part of a group or you can enter as an individual. The competition is open to all young people aged between 5 and 18 years old who live anywhere in the UK and is free to enter. Poems will be judged by Patrick Gale and a panel of poetry judges with prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category – the awards ceremony will take place at the North Cornwall Book Festival in October 2019. Deadline for entries is July 31st 2019. See www.causleytrust.org for rules and entry forms. The three entry levels are: Category A – children aged 5 to 11yrs (KS1 & KS2 equivalent) Category B – children aged 11 to 16yrs (KS3 & KS4 equivalent) Category C – young people aged 16 to 18yrs (KS5 equivalent) All poems should be accompanied by an entry form and sent to: The Charles Causley Young People’s Poetry Competition 2019, 2 Cyprus Well, Ridgegrove Hill, Launceston PL15 8BT or emailed to info@causleytrust.org with YP Poetry Competition 2019 in the subject box.

Charles Causley Merchandise The Charles Causley Trust offers an attractive selection of merchandise which can be purchased from Southgate Arch or the Tourist Information Centre during the Festival. Items include: Canvas Bag I am the Song Limited Edition Centenary Mug Limited Edition Causley inspired prints by Cornish artist Bex Bourne Cornwall’s Native Poet DVD I am the Song CD by Jim Causley Cyprus Well CD by Jim Causley Pack of 5 x postcards illustrated by Bex Bourne 24

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Figgie Hobbin Recipe Figgie Hobbin: Poems for Children is a children’s poetry collection written by Charles Causley, published in 1970 and dedicated to the artist Stanley Simmonds and his wife Cynthia. The poem Figgie Hobbin tells of the old King of Cornwall tempted with all sorts of exotic dishes, who tells his servants to take it all away and bring him the treat he really wants—a tasty plate of Figgie Hobbin. In the West Country figgie means raisins or currants rather than figs and the oven is called an ob’n or obbin. We are including a recipe so you can have a go at making your own delicious Figgie Hobbin! We will be serving Figgie Hobbin at our Figgie Hobbin Soiree with Anna Maria Murphy at Cyprus Well on Sunday afternoon (see page 21). Ingredients: • 8 ounces shortcrust pastry. • 2 tablespoons softened butter. • 6 ounces seedless raisins/currants. • Half a cup of sugar. • 1 egg - beaten to brush on pastry. Instructions: • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). • Roll out the pastry. • Spread the butter on the inside, keeping half an inch clear around the edges. Sprinkle the centre with fruit and sugar. • Brush the edges with beaten eggs and then roll up along the long edge. Place on greased baking pan (seal side down). • Brush with beaten eggs and prick the top of the pastry with a fork, put in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. • Cut into slices and serve with a nice cup of tea whilst reading the Festival brochure to see what’s on….

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The Charles Causley Trust Writers in Residence programme Every year The Charles Causley Trust appoints two Writers in Residence who get to live and work in Cyprus Well, Charles’s house in Launceston that the Trust now owns and uses as a writers centre and retreat. In 2018, we welcomed the digital poet, David Devanny, who launches his poetry app at this year’s Festival, and artist and poet Jen Hadfield who came to us all the way from Shetland. Both lived in the house for three months where they worked with local schools and community groups across Cornwall, gave public readings as well as spending important time focusing on their own work. These important writing residencies are made possible by the support of the Arts Council England and South West Literature Development Agency, Literature Works and Cornwall Council. Keep an eye out around the Festival for the 2019 Writer in Residence pop-up event and keep an eye on the Trust website to see what else they get up to during their residency. The Causley Trust gratefully acknowledges the support of Literature Works, Cornwall Council and Arts Council England for its programme of writer residencies. You can find out more about both organisations by visiting their websites:

Thank you! The Charles Causley Festival would like to thank the following organisations without whose financial and in kind support none of this would be possible: Launceston Town Council and all of their hard working staff, Launceston Chamber of Commerce, Cornwall Council, Literature Works, Arts Council England, FEAST, Rotary Club Launceston, The Eagle House Hotel, Exeter University, Launceston Library, Launceston Chamber of Commerce, St Mary Magdelene & St Thomas Churches, all of the Launceston shops taking part in the Shop Window Art Exhibition, The White Hart Hotel, FLIC and all of the brilliant advertisers in this brochure. We would also like to thank the following local businesses for their generous sponsorship of Festival events this year: WBW Solicitors, Howdens Joinery and The Waste Company, Launceston. We would also like to thank Plymouth University for their support in funding our two fabulous interns, Rose Bonner and Mitchell Gregory, who both worked tremendously hard on various elements of the Festival. Thanks also to all of the artists who are taking part and to everyone who comes along to enjoy the Festival this year. Finally, all of the Trust and Festival committee members and staff who have worked hard over the past year to make this Festival happen yet again. We couldn’t do it without any of you

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