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Causley Festival goes digital!

Join the Charles Causley Trust for a weekend filled with arts & literature from the comfort of your own home. Read on and find out about the workshops, performances, talks, and how to book your spot.

Read the festival brochure here.



1. Workshops

Programmed across the three days are a variety of workshops to suit all tastes.

Join Lou Sarabadzic to explore new technology and digital life; Karen Howse for a drawing workshop inspired by weeds; and Sam Parker & Jon Nash for a session on writing short plays.

Megan Chapman leads a performance writing workshop, whilst Cathy Galvin provides new perspectives on space, silence and the blank page.



2. Author Talks

A host of authors will read from their works and talk about their subject matter and inspirations. From poetry to novels, Smugglers to Mutinys!

Talks will include: poet Brian Bilston in conversation with himself; Tim Kendall on the relationship between William Golding and Cornwall; John Wedgwood Clarke reading from his forthcoming poetry collection; Jen Hadfield, Tania Hershman & Luke Tompson in conversation; and Ben Smith discussing isolation and the novel.



3. Performance

Log on to see a variety of performance over the three day festival.

On Friday the Story Republic bring poems and stories to life with their signature flare. Settle in for an hour of audio plays at 6pm, followed by Jim Causley performing renditions of Causley’s poems he has set to music .

On Saturday afternoon artist Megan Chapman (MCMC Spoken) performs her political and playful work. Gertrude Theatre end the day with The Smell of Books, an inspiring tale for the digital age.

On Sunday the festival is brought to a close with Causley Talking Heads, a collection of readings, recited by individuals who are affiliated with Charles Causley in some way.



4. Children's Festival

There are lots of activities for under 12’s to get involved in during the festival.

Petrus Ursem leads a workshop on Saturday Morning that will encourage young writers to paint a picture in words.

Join Sally Crabtree (The Poetry Postie) for a session for 2-6 year olds full of stories, songs and poems at 1pm, also on Saturday.

On Sunday morning Above Bounds Theatre create a magical retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk for ages 2-6, and learn to make your own beanstalk too!



5. Causley Talks

Celebrate Causley’s work and his connection to place through three special sessions.

Join Jane Narrow and Rob Tremain for two different virtual walks around Launceston. Follow Causley’s footsteps through the town and discover where he was born, and the buildings and people he knew.

On Sunday David Devanny leads a virtual tour through Cyprus Well (Causley’s home) and shares his┬áreflections on the time he spent there.


See all of the Causley Festival Events here