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The English Riviera Literature Festival 2024 – Friday Programme

26th April 2024 @ 09:30 to 22:00

Friday 26 April 2024

9.30am-10.30am: Writing History with Peter Marsden (Stage Left)

Writing history is linking up known information to tell a ‘story’, and so is different from writing fiction. It is trying to get into the thinking of past people, and creating what the author thinks happened – but this may be wrong.  It is helped by archaeology, the study of places and objects. Peter Marsden will illustrate this by his involvement in a “History on Trial” in the High Court, in London – against the Ministry of Defence, and won! ‘. Genre: History and Archaeology. Click here to buy tickets.

10am-11.30am: Creative Writing Taster Session with Chris Woodhouse (The Prop Store)

This free ‘taster’ workshop with Chris Woodhouse is for adults who would like to explore their interest in creative writing. It is suitable for beginners who would like to try out and build on their skills as well as those who already enjoy writing for pleasure. Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance.  Please note that the workshop taster will take place in The Prop Store and there are several steps to access this space. Click here to book your free place.

10.30am-11.30am: Daughters of Devon with Rosemary Griggs (Auditorium)

With a unique blend of theatre, history and re-enactment which draws on extensive research into 16th century Devon Rosemary will introduce her Daughters of Devon series of historical novels and her new book The Dartington Bride. Historian, author and speaker Rosemary Griggs has been researching Devon’s history for years. She tells the stories of the forgotten women — the women beyond the royal court; wives, sisters, daughters and mothers who played their part during the tumultuous Tudor years: the Daughters of Devon. Her first novel A Woman of Noble Wit, tells the story of Sir Walter Raleigh’s mother. Genre: Historical fiction set in 16th century Devon. Click here to buy tickets.

12.30pm-1.30pm: Readings by the Resident Palace Theatre Creative Writing Group (The Prop Store)

The resident Creative Writing group at the Palace Theatre led by tutor, Chris Woodhouse present a series of short readings. The group meet regularly on a Wednesday morning as part of the ongoing Write Time Write Place creative writing series, where they try out and build on their creative writing skills, writing for pleasure in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.
Chris Woodhouse has taught in and managed Adult and Community Learning, as well as having devised and run numerous literary workshops and creative writing courses throughout her twenty five year, successful career. Click here to book your free place.

12.30pm-1.30pm: Romance with Mary Georgina De Grey (Auditorium)

Writers are in the unique position of being able to reflect on society and investigate its evolution. The romantic novel, revealing the changing dynamics of relationships, reaches a wide public. Mary Georgina will use published novels to show its importance. Genre: Romance. Click here to buy tickets.

1.30pm-2.30pm: The Penhaligon Saga with Terri Nixon (Stage Left)

Terri Nixon is an author of historical fiction, family sagas, and mythic fiction. An introduction to The Penhaligons and the Battens; worlds apart, but sharing more than they realise… Or would like. Their West Cornwall fishing and mining town faces new struggles to guard its dark history and its deep, dangerous secrets.Terri Nixon is an author of historical fiction, family sagas, and mythic fiction. R.D. Nixon is the side of her that argues a lot, and writes crime / thrillers. Genre: Historical Fiction/ Crime Thrillers. Click here to buy tickets.

2.30pm-3.30pm: Ten Writers One House with Jenny Ridd (Auditorium)

Jenny Ridd, historian and writer, lived in an old house visited by Pre Raphaelite poets and painters Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal. The house also hosted a guidebook-writing lithographer; an Exeter artist and newspaper publisher; a one-book geologist; a Georgian lesbian diarist; a published archaeologist who dug up his own back garden; and a comedy writer. Genre: History. Click here to buy tickets.

7.30pm-10pm: Bijou Theatre Productions Gaslight (Auditorium)

Bijou Theatre Productions bring a classic Victorian thriller to our stage, a dark tale of a marriage based on deceit and trickery, and a husband committed to driving his wife insane in order to steal from her. The suave and confident Jack Manningham appears to live a comfortable life with his wife Bella. But a quiet malevolence and casual misogyny lurks beneath the surface.  He is slowly, deliberately driving his wife, Bella, insane. He has almost succeeded but as Bella begins to doubt her own sanity, help arrives in the form of a former detective, Rough, who believes Manningham to be a thief and murderer. Click here to buy tickets.


26th April 2024
09:30 to 22:00
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The Palace Theatre
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