North Cornwall Book Festival – what a gem

This weekend was my first visit to North Cornwall Book Festival.  It will not be my last. Still in its relative infancy, this was the sixth year of Endelienta. I only attended a couple of events but there as something for everyone at the small but breezy Endellion festival. The first event was Joanna Trollope, bestselling aga saga writer, interviewed by Cathy Rentzenbrink about her latest novel which is about marriage. An Unsuitable Match explores the twin challenges of (as the Bookfest site says) a parent expecting a love life at an age when your children want you to confine your energies to babysitting. She gave some fabulous writing advice in response to audience questions and was charming throughout.

Later in the day, I attended Patrick Gale talking to Nina Stibbe. As the website says: by a happy coincidence Nina’s latest novel, Paradise Lodge and Patrick’s, Take Nothing With You, are both set in old people’s homes in the 1970s. This was also wonderful, like two people having a friendly chat in the snug of a pub. Patrick is charismatic (probably his smile) and Nina extremely funny in a very down to earth way. They rub along very well together. I’ve read works by both of them (and Joanne Trollope) and can recommend them as highly entertaining.

This is the kind of wonderful event that Cornish/Devon communities are so good at, which people really support and enjoy. Having just attended Appledore Book Festival, Endellion was an additional treat. Look out for it next year. This year I visited Polzeath and Port Isaac between events but next year, I shall embrace the Book Festival wholeheartedly – workshops, talks, music and all!

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