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This is our growing sound archive from where you can stream or download free podcasts of festival events. Handy for those of you who couldn’t make it, or who had such a great time you want to live it all over again!

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This is our growing sound archive from where you can stream or download free podcasts of festival events. Handy for those of you who couldn’t make it, or who had such a great time you want to live it all over again!

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North Cornwall Book Festival

Latest release on Nov 13, 2019

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This is our growing sound archive from where you can stream or download free podcasts of festival events. Handy for those of you who couldn’t make it, or who had such a great time you want to live it all over again!

Tessa Hadley in conversation with Patrick Gale

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The seventh North Cornwall Book Festival concluded with this conversation between Windham-Campbell Prize-winning writer Tessa Hadley and Patrick Gale, recorded in St Endellion Church. The two discuss Tessa's newest novel, Late in the Day, the art of writing and the human psyche. A literary moment not to be missed.

Oct 13 2019

Nov 13 2019

1hr 2mins

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Damien Lewis at North Cornwall Book Festival

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Damien Lewis, the Sunday Times number one bestselling author and filmmaker, gives his North Cornwall audience a fascinating talk about SAS Italian Job, his latest book on crazily risky SAS operations in WW2.

Oct 13 2019

Nov 10 2019

59mins

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Sophie Ratcliffe in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink

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Sophie Ratcliffe, academic, writer and literary critic, talks to Cathy Rentzenbrink about her unique and moving memoir, Lost Properties of Love. "It's sort of Brief Encounter, but with more sex, and Lego... and fish fingers."

Nov 09 2019

57mins

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Deborah Moggach in conversation with Cathy Rentzenbrink

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Deborah Moggach, the author behind such hugely popular novels as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Ex-Wives and Tulip Fever, is interviewed here by writer Cathy Rentzenbink. Download to hear them chat about Deborah's latest book The Carer, as well as families, marriages and writing.

Nov 09 2019

57mins

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Barbara Hosking in conversation with Petroc Trelawny

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An unmissable conversation with Barbara Hosking and Petroc Trelawny. Hear how Barbara's extraordinary life has shaped the political landscape, the realities of being an ambitious young woman in the 1950s, how she came to terms with her sexuality and much more as they discuss her autobiography Exceeding My Brief: Memoirs of a Disobedient Civil Servant.

Oct 13 2019

Nov 07 2019

55mins

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Tracey Thorn in conversation with Patrick Gale

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Patrick Gale interviews singer, songwriter and writer Tracey Thorn about adolescence and suburbia, as depicted in her memoir Another Planet. 12 Oct 2019.

Nov 06 2019

51mins

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Raynor Winn at North Cornwall Book Festival

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Raynor Winn, bestselling writer of The Salt Path, discusses what it means to have a home, and the extraordinary journey of her life so far, with Lisa Cooper. Oct 12th 2019.

Oct 30 2019

54mins

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John Boyne interviewed by Petroc Trelawny at North Cornwall Book Festival

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Bestselling writer John Boyne discusses his latest book for adults, A Ladder to the Sky, with broadcaster Petroc Trelawney. Oct 12th 2019.

The audio quality of this recording is higher after the first few minutes.

Oct 28 2019

55mins

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Adharanand Finn at North Cornwall Book Festival

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Financial Times and Guardian journalist Adharanand Finn has combined his twin passions for travel writing and extreme running in his newest book, The Rise of the Ultra Runners. Here he talks to journalist and keen runner, Freddie Kimpton.

Oct 27 2019

57mins

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David Nicholls in conversation with Patrick Gale

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The wonderful novelist and screenwriter David Nicholls talks to Patrick Gale about his latest book, Sweet Sorrow.

Oct 27 2019

59mins

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Michael Morpurgo at North Cornwall Book Festival

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Legendary children's writer Michael Morpurgo holds the rapt attention of his audience in St Endellion Church. Hear him talk about the the refugee crisis, his relationship with Cornwall, and his latest book Boy Giant, in one of the most special events of the 2019 festival.

Oct 26 2019

1hr 8mins

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Natasha Carthew at North Cornwall Book Festival

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Cornish writer Natasha Carthew has written all her books outside, either in the fields and woodland that surround her home or in the cabin that she built from scrap wood. She has published poetry and young adult novels, including Only the Ocean. In this podcast she talks about her first book for adults, All Rivers Run Free. Part of our Cream of Cornish event.

Oct 26 2019

15mins

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S.K. Tremayne at North Cornwall Book Festival

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S K Tremayne is one of the two pseudonyms of journalist, Sean Thomas, who also writes archaeological and religious thrillers under the name of Tom Knox. Here he reads from his chilling new book The Assistant. Part of our Cream of Cornish event.

Oct 26 2019

9mins

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Mary J Oliver at North Cornwall Book Festival

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Mary J Oliver is known in West Cornwall as an artist and innovative art teacher. Hear her read from her debut publication, Jim Neat, a fictionalised memoir containing poetry, prose and photographs. Part of our Cream of Cornish event.

Oct 26 2019

12mins

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Paul Fiddes at North Cornwall Book Festival

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Distinguished literary theologian Paul Fiddes reads from his Murdochian whodunnit, A Unicorn Dies. Part of our Cream of Cornish event.

Oct 26 2019

12mins

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John Boyne Q&A at North Cornwall Book Festival

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"Why do you write about the awful things that happen in the world?"
In this incredibly insightful question and answer session with local secondary school students, John Boyne talks about what it means to be a writer in 2019. Listen until the end to hear a brand new poem.

Oct 26 2019

23mins

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Matt Windle: Hip Hop or Shakespeare? At North Cornwall Book Festival

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Hip hop or Shakespeare?

Matt Windle, the Poet with Punch, catches local teens and their teachers off guard with quotes from hip hop artists and the works of Shakespeare, in this clip from his poetry workshop.

Oct 25 2019

4mins

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Liz Kessler's workshop for teens at North Cornwall Book Festival

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"He's in the national belly flopping competition!"
Popular children's author Liz Kessler brainstorms with local school pupils as part of a creative writing workshop.

Oct 25 2019

6mins

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Martin Brown: Drawing Is For Everyone! At North Cornwall Book Festival

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Martin Brown: Drawing Is For Everyone! At North Cornwall Book Festival by North Cornwall Book Festival

Oct 11 2019

59mins

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Mazed Tales at North Cornwall Book Festival

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Mazed Tales at North Cornwall Book Festival by North Cornwall Book Festival

Oct 11 2019

28mins

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