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The Cornish Guide - Cornwall / Kernow

The Cornish Guide - Cornwall / Kernow

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Arts, Culture & Cinema in Cornwall

Cornwall is a natural home to inspiration, art and ideas. So much so that, apart from London, you'll find nowhere in the whole country that's host to more working artists than Cornwall. The quality of light is bright and very artist-friendly. This is because Cornwall is essentially a finger of land surrounded by the light-reflecting ocean.


Cornwall loves literature, too. Whether it's Du Maurier (and the associated Du Maurier Festival), the Poldark series or the county's rich poetic and oral seam - from the Cornish story-telling group Scavel an Gow (Cornish for 'bench of lies') to Sir John Betjeman's enduring love of the county (he's buried at St. Enodoc Church in Trebetherick, North Cornwall).


There's a fantastically rich Literary Festival every summer. Fast becoming known as 'Literature's Glastonbury' the Port Eliot Literary Festival is a sprawling weekend's worth of performance, discussion, poetry, debate and camping. Or visit in at the end of summer in September and indulge in a melee of arts, music and poetry at the St Ives September Festival.