Review: Matter of the Otherworld – the Ancient Stones & Megalithic Structures of Cornwall by Samuel S. Davidson

I first spoke to Sam Davidson two years ago, back in 2020, when he contacted me to tell me that he was on a mission to visit and photograph every ancient standing stone in Cornwall! I remember thinking at the time that it was a pretty ambitious project (that’s an understatement!) but the images he […]

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Review: ‘Whistling Jack’ by Josephine Gardiner

“Cornwall, summer 1976: eleven year old Sally Martins and her new friends – Tracy Pender, Victor Jordan and Kerenza Nankervis – are in retreat from the adult world, spending days and nights at an abandoned house on the subtropical landslip known as the Fall. When they discover the body of a young girl, for various […]

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Review: The Western Kingdom – The Birth of Cornwall by John Fletcher

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“In the fifth century, the Roman Empire collapsed and Western Europe began remaking itself in the turmoil that followed. In south-west Britain, old tribal authorities and identities reasserted themselves and a ruling elite led a vibrant and outward looking kingdom with trade routes that stretched around the Atlantic coast of Europe and abroad to the […]

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Review: I AM KEVIN – Wildwork’s new show at Carlyon Bay

“My mother stands at the water’s edge.At the water’s edge stands a tree.At the water’s edge, on the very edge,at the water’s edge… is me.” There are very few experiences more magical than finding yourself on a stunning white sandy beach at sunset watching a spellbinding performance by one of Cornwall’s finest theatre groups. This […]

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A Gothic Cookbook – Daphne Du Maurier’s Afternoon Tea

When Ella Buchan, the co-author of ‘A Gothic Cookbook’, contacted me and suggested that we collaborated on a post that combined Cornwall, gothic literature and cakey tea there was no way I was going to say no! And on the lead up to Halloween the idea just seemed perfect! Over to Ella to tell you […]

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Strange Waters – Interview with the Author, Jackie Taylor

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This summer sees the release of a beautiful book of short stories set in Cornwall and inspired by the generations of strong women that have made this elemental peninsula their home. I spoke to the author Jackie Taylor about Strange Waters, what brought her to Cornwall and why she finds the area so inspiring. Jackie […]

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Review – Charlestown Walking Tour

Charlestown is one of the most picturesque of Cornwall’s many harbours. Now well known as a set for film and television productions, perhaps most famously in the BBC’s Poldark, it was once a fishing village and a busy port from which ships sailed with their cargo to destinations across the globe. But don’t ask me […]

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Sensational Summer Read – The Feast by Margaret Kennedy

When Margaret Kennedy published her ninth novel The Feast in 1950 it was met with considerable fanfare. It had been more than twelve years since her last, The Midas Touch, had been released and fans of her work were desperate for more of her writing. Set in a Cornish hotel after the Second World War […]

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The Ordinalia at St Just 2021 – Plen an Gwari hosts Britain’s Oldest Plays

This autumn something really rather special is happening down west. A trilogy of six hundred year old Cornish ‘Mystery Plays’, known as The Ordinalia, will be performed in St Just in Penwith. These three powerful, biblical plays are the oldest surviving plays in Britain and will appropriately be performed in arguably the country’s oldest working […]

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Review: A Selection of Cornish Books from 2020

I know that 2020 isn’t quite over yet but let’s just say it didn’t exactly turn out as we had all hoped! One silver lining for me this year is that I have been given the opportunity to review some really wonderful books published by Cornish writers or written about Cornwall. I thought that I […]

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