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2020 Reading List

By March 5, 2020 No Comments

Time for a cup of tea and a good book? Always.

We’re welcoming authors to The Fringe and chefs with a host of cookbooks under their belts to our Chefs’ Theatre. So what better opportunity to take a tour through some great titles to get stuck into this spring?

We’ll also be welcoming the Falmouth Bookseller to The Fringe Tent so you can pick up some new reading material while you’re here.


The Summer Isles by Philip Marsden

Take a voyage of the imagination

‘A tiny split had opened in the fabric of the world, and I found myself eagerly passing through it.’

‘Out here in the far west, along the fractured coastline of Britain and Ireland, is Europe’s dreaming frontier, its open horizon, where the solid becomes fluid, the fixed wobbles a little and the cliffs and seas grow their own elaborate mythology.’

Philip Marsden will be appearing at the Fringe on Sunday at noon, talking about his new book The Summer Isles form which the above quote is taken.


Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed book cover

Discover a space of ones own

Aged thirty-one, Catrina Davies was renting a box-room in a house in Bristol, which she shared with four other adults and a child. Working several jobs and never knowing if she could make the rent, she felt like she was breaking apart.

Homesick for the landscape of her childhood, in the far west of Cornwall, Catrina decided to give up the box-room and face her demons. As a child, she saw her family and their security torn apart; now, she resolved to make a tiny, dilapidated shed a home of her own.

This is the story of a personal housing crisis and a country-wide one, grappling with class, economics, mental health and nature. It shows how housing can trap us or set us free, and what it means to feel at home.

Catrina will be appearing at The Fringe at 5pm on Friday 17 April. 


rock pools

Be a beachcomber

Since her childhood Heather Buttivant has been a fan of delving into the wonderful world of rock pools. Take a tour with her around the 11,000 miles of British coast and discover the hidden lives of the extraordinary creatures there.

Heather will be talking about her book and her award-winning blog at 4pm on Friday on stage in The Fringe tent.


Turning Japanese?

Well-travelled chef Bruce Rennie is unique. One of the few British chef-patrons who work alone in his kitchen, Bruce uses the finest ingredients at his Cornish restaurant, The Shore. He works with local day boat fisherman and organic vegetable growers to cook with the seasons, conjuring exquisite Japanese-influenced fish dishes and dreamy desserts.

His restaurant in truly a labour of love and The Shore combines elegant, flavoursome dishes with a focus on Bruce’s remarkable story and passion for provenance. Featuring cutting edge and utterly unique dishes, The Shore reflects on a fast-rising, one-off talent who is unafraid to go it alone.

See Bruce talking on stage at The Fringe with fellow chef Jeff Robinson at 3pm on Saturday 18 April.


The Swordfish and the Star

Trip a little Cornish mystery

Cornwall and its seas are brought to life, mixing drinking and drugs and sea spray, moonlit beaches and shattering storms, myth and urban myth in Gavin Knight’s The Swordfish and the Star.

The result is an arresting tapestry of a place we thought we knew; the precarious reality of life in Cornwall today emerges from behind our idyllic holiday snaps and picture postcards. Even the quaint fishermen’s pubs on the quay at Newlyn, including the Swordfish and its neighbour the Star, turn out to be places where squalls can blow up, and down again, in an instant.

Gavin will be talking about his writing in The Fringe at 1pm on Saturday.


Porthleven Food Festival cancelled for 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the organisers of Porthleven Food Festival must announce that our 2020 event, which was due to take place from 17-19 April, will be cancelled.

All ticketholders will be automatically refunded and all traders, acts, artists and speakers will be rebooked for the 2021 event.

The decision, which has not been taken lightly, has been made amidst the current situation with Coronavirus/ COVID-19 in the UK.

With less than five weeks to go any additional restrictions on the movement of people, or a nationwide ban on events being enacted in the coming weeks, would be financially catastrophic for our Festival. We therefore feel that we must cancel the event this year in order to guarantee its future survival.

The team has already put a great deal of time, resource and energy into organising and promoting this year’s event and this is not a decision we’ve made lightly.

We hope you understand and respect our difficult decision to act now, thus removing uncertainty, reducing the amount of outlay by our audiences, sponsors, traders, suppliers and partners and helping to secure the event in future years.