The Fowey Festival of Words and Music features a world-class line-up of authors, speakers and musicians. Running from 9th to 16th May, it opens with the du Maurier Lecture and Luncheon, with Andrew Graham, son of Poldark novelist Winston Graham OBE. This is followed by an hour-long panel discussion at St. Fimbarrus Church with the TV show’s scriptwriter Debbie Horsfield and executive producer Karen Thrussell.

The county’s leading literary festival also hosts humanitarian and author Terry Waite CBE, journalist and author Penny Junor, historian Dr Ian Mortimer and award-winning novelist Linda Grant. Joining the line up is Patrick Gale, Philip Marsden, Rowan Coleman, Ben Kane, Julie Summers, Tim Bentinck and  Judy Finnegan in conversation with Richard Madeley. The Archers is the subject of a panel discussion with senior scriptwriters and cast members, debating the latest incredible developments of the plot. Cornwall-based writer Isabel Ashdown, The Fisherman’s Friends’ Jon Cleave, Lisa Woollett and forager Rachel Lambert will also be holding talks.

Music comes from traditional folk singers The Farrell Family; Gypfunk; Hands on Harps and the return of world-renowned jazz singer Tina May, accompanied by the Craig Milverton Trio. Three local choirs will also be performing.

New this year is the Festival Café and Waterstones bookshop at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club, which will be open to festivalgoers for teas, coffees, cake, Pimms on the terrace and dinner before an event. The wonderful views from the Terrace over the river towards the sea will enhance any gathering before or after a show.

Last year the festival successfully launched The Family Fun Weekend at Trenython Manor and has confirmed another weekend of creative activities for all the family on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th May. Once again the weekend of indoor and outdoor activities will celebrate nature and the wonderful world of children’s art and literature.

In addition, a Family Bookshop in Trenython’s comfortable lounge will feature stories and poetry brought alive by readings, song and art by local authors Jon (Fishermen’s Friend) Cleave, Sarah Boothroyde from the Padstow Lobster Hatchery accompanied by live baby lobsters and Jane Gulliver & Karen Norton who will launch their brand new book ‘123 Where are You?’

Another success last year was the Art Trail, which has attracted even more local artists to get involved this year, from potters to painters.

Building on last year’s successful change to a sustainable approach and using the wonderful resources of the picturesque harbourside town of Fowey, the festival aims to continue to provide a wide-ranging review of literary and musical talent, enabling residents and visitors to fully benefit from what Fowey has to offer.

Tickets are available at <>  or from the festival box office 01726 879500. The Festival brochure is available to download from the Festival website.