The Wonderful Words Literature Festival

The Wonderful Words Festival, September 2008

Writer’s Panel, (l to r) Mac Dunlop, Simon Hall, Patrick Gale and John Siddique


Interviewing Marina Lewycka,


poetry reading session

more information about the festival

Readers’ Day

Brilliant books, topical themes, wonderful words

10 – 10.20 Coffee and welcome followed by introduction to the day
10.30 – 11.30 4 sessions to choose from; please mark your preferences 1 – 4 and we will try to allocate you your choices. We may need to alter your groups if too many choose a particular author. Everyone can attend 2 different sessions.

1. Poetry and travel with Mac Dunlop, poetry editor for Cornish World and John Siddique, an ambassador for poetry with all ages. Mac was born in Norwich but grew up in Canada and John is from Yorkshire with an Anglo Irish Indian heritage.

2. Patrick Gale from the Isle of Wight, now living in Penwith with Notes from an Exhibition; a family, art, mental health and Quakers in Penzance

3. Marion Molteno, from South Africa (Somewhere More Simple and If you can walk, you can dance)

4. Simon Hall, the TV detective from Exeter and the BBC; Simon’s third crime novel Evil Valley, set on Dartmoor, is launched 16 September.

11.40 – 12.30 panel discussion; Q & A
12.30 – 1.30 Buffet lunch with the authors and bookstall
1.30 – 2.30 repeat of morning programme
2.30 – 3.00 tea and a chance to look round the library
3.00 – 3.30 Marina Lewycka, author of our Cornwall Big Read,
in conversation with Mac Dunlop. Marina was born of Ukrainian parents in a refugee camp in Germany at the end of the war, and grew up in England. Her first novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was translated into 32 languages and won the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction 2005. Two Caravans is also very funny but conveys serious issues affecting some migrant strawberry pickers.
3.30 – 4.00 Final questions and conclusion of the day