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The Charles Causley Festival


The Charles Causley Festival is Launceston's Festival of Literature and the Arts and this year runs from the 1st to the 5th of June.  We are supported using public funding by the Arts Council of England and many other local businesses.

The Charles Causley Centenary Festival’s programme for June 2017 is taking shape! In addition to the headline attraction event to open the main Festival weekend of 1st-5th June (The Fisherman’s Friends), here are some of the events we expect to feature this year:


The Fisherman’s Friends; Jim Causley; Murray Lachlan Young; Poetry in the Ruins; Duende and Keith James at No. 8; Tin, at the Bell Inn; and, an organ recital at St. Mary’s


Kneehigh Theatre Co.; Access Theatre; FLIC film: Miracle Theatre’s ‘Tin’; and, ‘The Man in the Orange Shirt’


George Alagiah; Laurence Green and Armand Goulipian; Philip Gross (for children); Luke Thompson; Rob Barratt; Victoria Field; Philip Gross (for adults); John Lawrence and Gaby Morgan; Simon Parker; David Tovey; Barry Newport; Mac Dunlop and the Cyprus Well Writer-in-Residence; Polly Gregson; Rory Waterman; Cahall Dallat; Val Bugden Cawsey; and, Michael Jecks


‘Charlotte Dymond’ walk; Newport walk; ‘The Causley Way’; and, the Launceston Town walk (with guests)


Food and Drink Fayre; David Tovey’s open house and garden; Gwynngala at Liberty;  flower festival at St. Mary’s; Arthur Wills’ private archive of Causley-related materials; ‘365’; the Flowerpatch Quilters; and an exhibition at Terre Verte


Tickets are (or, in some cases, soon will be: do check back later, if need be!) available to buy online, by telephone and in person :

  *  order online  — just follow the links that will appear with each individual event to buy your tickets from the Cornish Riviera Box Office system, which will then be downloadable on your phone or computer;

*  or, you can purchase them from Launceston Tourist Information Centre, White Hart Arcade, Broad Street, Launceston, PL15 8AA. Tickets will be bookable from the TIC in person, by phone or online. They can be posted (at cost) if time allows, or alternatively they will be held at the TIC for collection. The Launceston TIC’s usual opening hours are: Mon. to Fri. 9am-5pm, and Sat. 10am-4pm. Launceston TIC website, e-mail address and telephone number:       (01566) 772321

  *  or, ‘on the door’subject to availabilit, tickets may also be sold on the door at the event venues.

Please note that some free events still need to be booked as above in order to reserve a place.

Disclaimer: The Festival Committee will make every effort to ensure that performances take place as advertised, but reserve the right to alter the programme if necessary. In the event of an event cancellation, a refund of the ticket value will be made, otherwise tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded once purchased.

Charles Causley was born in Launceston, Cornwall in 1917 and is acknowledged as one of the very finest poets of the twentieth century. He lived in Launceston all his life, apart from six years in the Royal Navy.

After World War II Charles Causley worked as a teacher in Launceston. He was a popular and admired figure and this admiration is evident in the great affection in which his memory is held today.

His poetic reputation was worldwide and brought him many awards including The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the Ingersoll/TS Eliot Award. He was made a CBE in 1986 and a Royal Society of Literature ‘Companion of Literature’ in 2000. He received an Hon D.Litt from the University of Exeter, where his archive is now held.

Charles Causley died in 2003 and is buried next to his mother in St. Thomas Churchyard, barely 100 yards from where he was born.

Cyprus Well, Causley’s home which is now managed by The Charles Causley Trust

The Charles Causley Trust exists to keep alive the memory of the late Charles Causley and to promote writing in the community and the region in which he lived. A central focus of the work of the Trust is the continued development of Charles Causley’s house, No.2 Cyprus Well, in Launceston, and its preservation and interpretation for future generations.

We hope that the Charles Causley Festival will further enhance his reputation and bring his work to the attention of new audiences. We also want to offer the opportunity for audiences, both local and visiting, to hear and meet contemporary poets, writers and artists in intimate surroundings, enabling people of all ages to enjoy words and music in this historic town, the ancient capital of Cornwall.




Launceston Town Hall
Westgate Street
PL15 7AR