15th - 18th November: Literary Festival, Looe

Literary Festival | Looe

An eclectic celebration of thought, inspiration, stories & words, all taking place in and around the fishing town of Looe, Cornwall. A fascinating and inspirational event, the Looe Literary Festival, sponsored by Art Council England hosts a mix of intellectual minds, thought, debate, literature, creativity and creatives, along with Cornish hospitality and a breath of fresh Cornish sea air. Looe has invited world-renowned authors, poets and creative thinkers to give talks throughout this 4 day event.

This year's highlights:

Speaker Dr Susan Blackmore hosts a captivating talk, a pioneer & leader in the subject of parapsychology. Susan is a psychologist, lecturer & writer researching consciousness, memes, & anomalous experiences, a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She's a TED lecturer, blogs for the Guardian, & often appears on radio & television.  Her research interests include memes, evolutionary theory, consciousness, & meditation. SEEING MYSELF is Susan's latest release, she's also the author of 7 other titles + 60 academic articles. Susan's other publications & research topics cover a fascinating spectrum of mind sciences; consciousness, near-death experiences, alien abduction, & psychic ability .... to name but a few.

Author, fisherman and lugger sailor, Paul Greenwood opens this year festival with the fist of a series of local heritage talks. Former Cornish fisherman Paul Greenwood vividly describes life as a young crewman aboard the Looe lugger Iris in the 1960s in his book Once Aboard a Cornish Lugger. His frank account of the hardships he encountered at sea in "Once Aboard a Cornish Lugger", overcoming sea-sickness, fatigue, cold and wet while working by day and night hauling nets and lines is a brilliant evocation of a bygone age that contrasts with modern conditions in the fishing industry. This illustrated account pays tribute to the crewmen he left behind.

This year's festival welcomes back The Book Shop and a Pop Pp Art Gallery to this fantastic four-day event.

Find out more here

Join us this November...

Wrap up and explore Cornwall this autumn, then head back to luxury at The Royal Duchy Hotel. Relax, unwind and be pampered within our Retreat and indulge in everything that The Duchy has to offer.

At the Royal Duchy Hotel, we have a fabulous range of dining experiences to tempt you. Our famous Pendennis Restaurant brings you superb fine dining and is regarded as the outstanding restaurant in the Falmouth area. The Pendennis Restaurant has won AA Rosettes for its creative menu which combines classic British cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian flavours.