North Cornwall Book Festival cancelled


Inevitably, as with pretty much all group events at the moment, the North Cornwall Book Festival at Endellion has been cancelled for 2020.

The Book Festival Team says:

With the current social distancing measures likely to remain in place until October we feel that the festival would lose much of its charm and celebratory atmosphere if our wonderful audiences had to be two metres away from each other at all times. Additionally, with such a small campus at St Endellion, the festival would become financially unviable under these circumstances.

It gave us a great boost in a grim year, however, when all the authors we’d invited said they’d still be happy to take part in our 2021 festival instead. So our excitement will just have to be contained for a little while longer before we welcome such authors as the Irish legend John Banville, local favourite Philip Marsden, award-winning radio dramatist and novelist Louise Doughty and Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell, beloved of junior dragon trainers!

Whilst this is a blow to everyone involved and to our community, it is important we do our part to keep everyone safe so that we can return from the 7th -10th October 2021 with the biggest festival yet. However, we won’t be idle in the meantime and, thanks to an emergency relief fund from Arts Council England, will be creating a range of online content to satisfy your literary needs. More details will be announced over the coming months so please keep an eye on your inbox and our social media.

In preparation to make 2021 as incredible as possible, we are looking to improve anywhere we can and one key aspect of this is purchasing new lighting, sound and staging equipment. To do this we are currently in the running to receive £5000 from Calor Gas as part of their £85,000 rural grant initiative but need your help to be able to achieve this.

Which projects get funded is decided by a judging panel from Calor Gas, based on a points system. Every organisation taking part has to create a Crowdfunder page; for every page share of this page we receive ONE POINT and for every donation to it – however small or large – a huge TEN POINTS. On 4th July 2020, the projects with the most points will be judged to see who receives a share of the fund.

This morning we will be launching our Crowdfunder page so please click on this link to see it, share it with friends and social media contacts, and if you feel able please consider donating.

We want to thank every one of you so much for your ongoing support of the festival. We will make sure to keep you up to date with preparations and update you as often as possible. We hope that you will all stay well and are able to look forward to being part of a joyful reunion in 2021.



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