7th March 2019
Cornish Literary Highlights
Cornwall has inspired great pieces of literature and played a starring role in more than a few poems and sonnets. And who can blame the literary-minded for falling for Cornwall’s magnificent coastline, atmospheric moors, wooded creeks and ancient villages - it’s enough to fuel the imagination of even the most unlikely of wordsmiths.
Here we follow a rich literary trail around Cornwall and discover the fascinating locations that have inspired some of the most popular writers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Fowey - Daphne du Maurier
The Fowey Festival of Words and Music takes its inspiration from Daphne du Maurier, the celebrated author who lived in the town and wrote about this particularly beautiful part of Cornwall, in novels like Jamaica Inn and Rebecca. Take a trip to the wonderful Fowey and enjoy a literary tour of Cornwall, discovering Fowey’s links with the world famous author.
Zennor – D.H Lawrence
Head north through countryside made famous in Winston Graham’s swashbuckling Poldark novels and look around the ancient coastal village of Zennor the one time home of D.H Lawrence who wrote, “One sees infinite Atlantic, all peacock mingled colours, and the gorse is sunshine itself. Zennor is a most beautiful place”. See if you come to the same poetic conclusion.
Launceston - Charles Causley
Walk around the narrow streets of Launceston, once the ancient capital of Cornwall, and call in to the Lawrence House Museum (free entry) to pick up info on local poet Charles Causley, described in his lifetime by Ted Hughes as one of the “best loved and most needed” poets of the last fifty years. Time your visit between 7th and 9th June and you will see literature come to life with the Charles Causley Festival.
Wadebridge – Sir John Betjeman
Spend a morning in the town of Wadebridge, gateway to the spectacular north coast and learn more about the works of former Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, at a dedicated museum located in the town’s old railway station (free entry). Discover where Betjeman got his ideas from at nearby Daymer Bay, a beautiful golden sandy beach at the head of the Camel Estuary and visit his grave at St Enodoc Church.
Lerryn Village – Kenneth Grahame
The village of Lerryn, thought to be the inspiration for Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale “Wind in the Willows”, lies on the banks of a gently flowing river spanned by an Elizabethan bridge. Have a bite to eat at the Ship Inn, one of the Independent newspaper’s top 50 British pubs and sit outside to see if you can spot likely characters from the book: duck, rabbit, squirrels and badgers.
Mousehole - Dylan Thomas
Head to the postcard-perfect village of Mousehole where Welsh writer and poet Dylan Thomas spent his honeymoon in the 1930s. Perhaps you can spot similarities here with the village of Llaraggub from his most famous work, Under Milk Wood. Call into the Ship Inn on the Harbour, his favourite watering hole, and ponder.
With thanks to Visit Cornwall