The Charles Causley Festival 2011

Featured in the 2011 Charles Causley Festival are newer and established writers, artists and performers.

To see the full 2011 Festival Programme visit

James Lovelock – famed for the development of the Gaia theory which examines the effects of climate change and other issues affecting mankind’s future, Professor Lovelock was last year featured by the BBC in its “Beautiful Minds” series about prominent scientists. Also identified by the Observer as one of the top intellects in Britain. In conversation with Professor Colin Webb.

Jim Causley – Devon-based folk singer makes a popular return to deliver a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs. Last year his arrangement of Charles’s poem Angel Hill was one of the most moving moments in the Festival.

Literary Lunch with Michael Williams – has worked with many local authors including John Betjeman, Charles Causley and Winston Graham of Poldark fame. Amusing anecdotes and personal insights.

E V Thompson – author of many historical novels mostly based on the lives of working people in Cornwall. Meticulously researched, his books give a fascinating picture of Cornwall’s past. Meet with him over a cream tea.

Bagas Degol & Annamaria Murphy – present “Red Letter Days”, a blend of music, poetry and stories with a strong Cornish flavour.

Dizraeli and the Small Gods – a remarkable evening of hip-hop music which should set Launceston alight. A poetry slam by local residents prior to Dizraeli and the Small Gods performance. Dizraeli will also be running a rap workshop for anyone interested in performing in the poetry slam earlier that afternoon.

Phil Cope – expert on local Holy Wells will supplement his talk with an exhibition and a mini-bus trip to see some of the wells he will highlight in his talk.

Dew Vargh (Bert Biscoe and Pol Hodge)/Mike O’Connor and Barabar Griggs/David Johnson – for an evening of music, poems and performance poetry

Gumbo Flyers – renowned local zydeco band

Book signings – by local authors Georgie Adams, John Neal & Virginia Spears, Anne Watts

Art exhibtions – by Gwynngala and Tom Adams

Book Fair – of local independent publishers

Wine, Wisdom and Words Literary Quiz evening – organised by the Launceston Twinning Association

Poetry and Pints at the Westgate – with Clive Blake and an exhibition of photographs by Chris Robbins

Causley Walk – walk the town with Jane Nancarrow and listen to Jane’s superb readings of poems which unlock the secrets of Causley’s love of his home town

Charles Causley Poems at the Museum

To see the full 2011 Festival Programme click here

Tickets for the festival are available from the Hall for Cornwall Box Office online at or by telephone on 01872 262466.

Tickets are also available to purchase in person through Launceston Tourist Information Centre