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A revamped literary area called ‘The Fringe’ at Porthleven Food Festival will provide food for thought to festivalgoers across all three days of the event from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April.

Situated in two giant tipis on the Moors Field, the area has been curated by Claire Rowley (pictured below) of BBC Radio Cornwall and Port Eliot programmer Colin Midson, alongside students from Falmouth University. Three days of content include everything from kids’ yoga to chef and author interviews.

The programme on Friday has been curated by students from Falmouth University’s Writing Department, working with Colin. The day will include lots of family-friendly and schools entertainment including kids yoga, storytelling with Rebecca Cobb, Gary Cordingley and Craig Green and a session of cartwheeling poetry and song from Poetry Postie Sally Crabtree. There’s also an exploration of the wonderful world of rock pools with Heather Buttivant that will change the way you view even the most ordinary creatures – from crabs to barnacles, blennies to anemones – forever. The days programme concludes with a look at how Catrina Davies made a tiny, dilapidated shed a home of her own and in the process rebuilt her on sense of self.

The weekend days both start with a caffeine kick in the form of a free coffee workshop with Origin Coffee, fresh from the Roastery in Helston.

Megan Chapman will appear at Porthleven Food Festival

Saturday’s Fringe programme will be hosted by Claire Rowley, from BBC Radio Cornwall. Claire has worked with Colin Midson to curate the weekend programme.

Saturday ‘s line-up will feature a vinyasa yoga session and a talk from author and adventurer Kari Herbert who’ll be talking about her book about female artists. There’s also a chance to meet chefs Bruce Rennie and Jeff Robinson as they talk about their approach to food and a spoken word set from writer/ storytellers Johanna Egar and Mark Crees.

And there’s plenty of room for laughs with London’s current Word4Word slam winner and last year’s winner of Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival’s Poetry Slam Megan Chapman AKA MC Spoken (pictured above) and sets from comedians Mel Byron and David Arnold.

Philip Marsden

Sunday will bring chats with award-winning author Philip Marsden (pictured above) and crime writer Gavin Knight as well as a session with Porthleven’s own Institute of Stories literary event and a Literary Pub Quiz. There’s also a chance to meet You Tube sensation Jane Sarchet, author of award-winning foodie Cornish real food blog Hedgecombers.

On weekend evenings festivalgoers can finish their day or start their night out with cocktail masterclasses from Tarquin’s and Dead Man’s Fingers. Here they can learn more about how the drinks are made and become a mixologist with tuition from the experts (over 18s only).

See the full timetable at: porthlevenfoodfestival.com/the-fringe/