Venturing into a disused quarry in north Cornwall that’s home to unique architectural hideouts, tree tents and probably one of the best off-grid bars in the world – September brings an extended Firelight to see out the summer.
Expect the usual fireside stories, plus a walking tale or two, live music, delicious food from the good folk at Beautiful and the Feast, sleeping under the stars – all against the wild backdrop of Kudhva.
Speakers and performers will be announced over the coming weeks, and tickets are available now
Take a look at who we’ve got lined up so far…
Witness to revolution and bringing tales from the borderlands, photographer Guy Martin is inspired by regions in periods of transition. Over an award-winning career – which has seen his work appear in Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Sunday Times, Monocle Magazine, Huck Magazine, the British Journal of Photography and ARTWORLD among others – he’s risked his life to capture the re-birth of the Cossack movement in Southern Russia, watch the Arab Spring erupt and traced signs of change and conflict all over the world. After a life-threatening incident in Libya, he shifted his lens and began uncovering new angles, through layers of fact and fiction in Istanbul. Hear him talk riots, soap opera and his new book The Parallel State.
So many of us imagine jacking it all in, finding a couple of fields and living our own way, but few of us actually do it. Laurence and Adele Jarrett Kerr are in the thick of that journey right now, leaving the corporate 9-5 behind to grow food in an old walled garden near Falmouth and ‘live family life intentionally’. From the trials and joys of homeschooling to the practicalities of running a small arable plot in 2019, they talk taking risks, seeking balance and finding everyday adventure in the most unexpected of places.
Actor Edward Bluemel’s job is so absurd that his haircuts are tax deductible and he gets 10,000 likes for a shoddy lobster collage on Instagram. If you’ve indulged in a binge-watch this summer you’ll probably have seen him being left for dead in Killing Eve, or skulking around the school corridors in Netflix’s Sex Education. Since being spat out from drama school a few years ago, he’s worked with the likes of Sandra Oh, Matthew Goode, Olivia Williams, Liam Neeson and Trevor Nunn, and he once had 5 mins of small-talk with Phoebe Waller-Bridge. He’ll tell us what it’s like to pretend to be a vampire and at what point in your career you’re allowed to use the fully flushable loos at Glastonbury.
In Conversation With: Cathy Galvin and Chris Power (pictured)
Celebrating the craft of writing, the power of the short story and the magic of fiction in all its forms, we’ll be hosting a conversation with two of the brightest voices in the storytelling world. Join us for writing insights, failing anecdotes, challenging perspectives and points to ponder on, as we talk with founder of The Word Factory, Cathy Galvin, and author and Guardian critic Chris Power. If words are your thing, you can’t afford to miss this.
A journalist, poet and editor by trade, while working as a senior editor for the Sunday Times Magazine, Cathy co-founded the Sunday Times Short Story Award and it was here the inklings of The Word Factory formed. In 2013 she set up the organisation, to promote excellence in short story writing, bringing together the best short story writers for readings, masterclasses and to share new work. She is committed to building a supportive community of writers from every walk of life.
Chris lives and works in London. His ‘Brief Survey of the Short Story’ has appeared in the Guardian since 2007. His fiction has been published in The Stinging Fly, The Dublin Review and The White Review. His collection Mothers (Faber & Faber) has been shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, with reviews celebrating Chris as an extraordinarily unshowy craftsman.