Penryn Fringe Book Festival 2022

Lamorna Ireland talks and signs books at the 2022 edition of the festival

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In Brief

Name: Penryn Fringe Book Festival 2022
Date: October 2022
Type: Book festival featuring local author talks and book signings
Suitable for: Lovers of local fiction and those people who want to support Cornish authors
Location: The 2022 edition was at The Terrace Gallery, 65 The Terrace (near the Post Office), Lower Market Street, Penryn, near Falmouth
Price: The 2022 festival was totally and utterly free!


Book festivals don’t need to be mega events to be both fascinating and entertaining. The Penryn Fringe Book Festival 2022 was testament to that as, like the pen itself, it was a small-yet-mighty event that ran for two days in the pretty town on the edge of Falmouth (and not too far from Truro either!) near the end of October.

If you want to support local Cornish authors and talents who live in the Duchy and dedicate their lives to writing novels, then this is the festival for you. The fringe fest, which is ostensibly a series of fascinating talks, was dedicated to young adults and children’s works during one of its days in October 2022 and it covered poetry, short stories and fiction on the other. The whole two-day festival focused on the published works of local authors and illustrators. Many of these Cornish talents, as the festival organisers said, ‘are marginalised as they have pursued the self-publishing route’ and this event serves as a way for them to connect with the public, both young and young-at-heart.

The 2022 edition of the festival took place at The Terrace Gallery, a cute small-yet-funky art gallery, shop and events space in the heart of Penryn. The series was held in association with the local community of writers known as The Writers Collective. Published authors like ‘A Cornish Stranger’ and ‘The Path to the Sea’ author Liz Fenwick and Lamorna Ireland, Jackie Taylor, Ben Roswell and Lucinda Hart talked about themselves, their writing journey, their inspiration and their books, as well as doing book signings at the event.

Check out the full schedule of talks and activities here or on the official website as they are revealed by the organisers. It was free to attend in 2022 but, in short, head to this festival if you like your novels local, your event locations cute and your book festivals both welcoming and insightful. Start a new chapter here.