Dame Daphne du Maurier, the creator of mysterious and memorable places like Manderley and Jamaica Inn, whose terrifying short story The Birds became a Hollywood hit for famed British director Alfred Hitchcock, drew inspiration from Cornish history and the county’s land and seascapes.
She lived in Fowey in Cornwall, and in celebration of the life of its most famous literary resident, the town each year plays host to a festival which brings together a fascinating and lively mix of star names, guided walks, talks, drama, music, exhibitions and community events. The festival marquee in Fowey is the main venue, and it and other locations offer the opportunity for Club La Costa World visitors to Cornwall during May to sample the rich menu.
For 2012 the festival dates are May 9th to May 20th, and tickets go on sale from March 26th. Among the celebrities lined up to appear are: comedian Julian Cleary talking about his new novel Briefs Encountered (May 10th); Esther Rantzen recalling the fun of making That’s Life! and discussing her work in setting up the pioneering ChildLine charity (May 11th); popular TV presenter turned author Fern Britton (May 18th); elder statesman broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan talking about his life and career (May 14th) and Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan talking about their new novel writing careers (May 15th).
On the music front Nik Kershaw and his band will play old hits and songs from his new album, to be released in spring, on May 12th, and jazz/blues icon Georgie Fame will appear on May 14th. Remember “House of The Rising Sun” and “Flowers In The Rain”? They will be among the hits performed on May 16th by original members of 60s chart toppers The Animals and The Move, who last year formed their own supergroup! Classical chart topping group Blake will perform their mix of classical and popular songs on May 11th.
Local traditional gardens will offer tours and cream teas, and country and coastal walks will visit scenes that inspired Daphne du Maurier and the free to enter Lostfest Festival, on Sunday May 13th, will bring together a fun mix of arts, crafts, live music, street entertainment and food in the historic town of Lostwithiel, from 5pm onwards. Aspiring short story writers still have time to send in their entry for the writing competition- closing date is March 31st and entries can be as short as you like, up to a maximum of 2,000 words. For a full menu of what’s on offer, visit www.dumaurierferstival.com
Our CLC Trenython Manor is just five miles from Fowey.
Picture Credit: cornish.pixie07