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On the Fringe: Susan Soyinka

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PZ LITFEST 2014

WEDNESDAY 16th July – SUNDAY 20th July 


The Programme is here!

We’re pleased, proud and privileged to present the official programme for the Penzance Literary Festival 2014. To see it directly (and we do mean directly!), click this link Penzance Litfest 2014 – THE PROGRAMME. For instructions for booking tickets online through Cornish Riviera Box Office, please go to our ‘PROGRAMME’ menu and click on ‘The Programme’. Of course you can also book events in person at the Welcome to West Cornwall Centre opposite Penzance train station, the St Ives Visitor Information Centre, and The Acorn theatre in Parade Street (Thursdays and Fridays, 11am-2pm).

With so many events – more than 80! – and a number of venues, to help you plan your Litfest you may find it helpful to consult the Litfest at a glance (Version 34 now!) It shows start and finish times for the various sessions, as well as the booking codes which we and CRBO use. Please make a note of them when deciding what sessions you want to book for: it makes booking so much easier!

Information about the sessions, the speakers, the strands, entertainments and how to buy tickets will also appear on this website and in the Newsletter. If you aren’t already signed up to receive the Newsletter, you can do so on this page. And do follow us on Twitter: @penzancelitfest

The Penzance Literary Festival is a festival for everyone who enjoys words – the written word, the spoken word, the recited word and the sung word too. It aims to inspire everyone who attends with the joy of reading, writing and performing, and of watching, listening and discussing with other people. Its organizers are committed to providing a litfest that is  inclusive, local, affordable and distinctive.

We always have talks by prize-winning authors and by people with a deep knowledge of subjects special to West Cornwall. We have ’round table’ discussions, authors in conversation, and workshops on writing, self-publishing, poetry etc. Performance and entertainment feature prominently. 2014 will be our fifth Festival, and to go by our experience in past years a tremendous ‘buzz’ is guaranteed!

The 2014 Festival will again have its hub at The Acorn theatre in central Penzance. Our other main venues – the Morrab Library, Penlee Coach House, The Exchange gallery, The Union Hotel and the Lost and Found Cafe in Chapel Street, and The Edge of the World Bookshop – are all close by. Because many of the Festival’s venues are small, it’s easy for members of the audience to ask questions and contribute to discussions, making for a very informal and lively atmosphere. Festival-goers tell us they have learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed themselves too. If you enjoy words, do come and join us!