Charles Causley Festival
Often referred to as the gateway to Cornwall, Launceston is the Duchy’s ancient capital. Nestling under the watchful gaze of a fine Norman castle, the town plays host to a festival celebrating the very best in poetry, prose and the performing arts.
The Charles Causley Festival celebrates the very best in the fields of literature and the performing arts.
How can you take part?
Confirmed for 2020's line-up are performances from PopChoir, led by Sarah Bradley, owner of The Byre. A Causley Gala with a variety of performances by Cornish artists showcasing Charles’ work, including Story Republic, Jim Causley, Simon Parker and Rick Williams.
There will be poetry readings taking place over the three days, with Guillemot Press, based at Lanhydrock, introducing some of their published authors, including Tanya Herschnan. There will be various writing workshops across Launceston, and, following on from the success last year, a poetry slam will be held on the Sunday night.
Singer-songwriter Rosie Crow, who toured with Kate Bush, is set to have a gig on Friday, July 24 at the Eagle House Hotel.
Also taking place this year is a People’s Herbarium Walk, led by artist Karen Howes. This free event will be starting at the Lawrence House Museum, home to a large collection of herbaria books dating back to the 1800s which were created by local man William Wise who, travelling on his bicycle, would collect herbarium and press them into a word press. The walk will leave the museum and follow in the footsteps of William Wise, collecting plants as they go. On their return to the museum, visitors will be able to potentially create a new field press for Lawrence House Museum, producing a new herbaria book with their discoveries.
Food blogger Jane Sarchet will be coming along in her campervan to provide a cooking demonstration, which will be filmed for YouTube.
Comedy and entertainment will take place around the town and a number of Launceston’s cafes and restaurants will also be participating to provide delicious Cornish food and drink to locals and visitors alike. An art trail with pieces of Cornwall-inspired artwork will be on display in the windows of Launceston businesses.
Much more to be announced in the run-up to the 2020 Charles Causley Festival.
Did you know?
Launceston son Charles Causley is often described as the best poet laureate the nation never had. Roger McGough, in his poem Two for Charles, said “He sits at the foot of England and tickles its toes!”