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Port Eliot Lit Fest.
April 11, 2009, 12:14
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The summer before I started university my best friends took a month-long trip around Europe. I stayed at home. 

I choose going to work at Port Eliot LitFest instead, and it was worth it.


Port Eliot is not your usual literary festival, nor does it aim to be. Famously described by the Guardian as ‘Glastonbury with less focus on the music’, Port Eliot is indeed a magical land, complete with castle. Well, actually it’s a stately home, but it’s pretty damn impressive. You can wonder around and stumble into a seance, an out door disco, art installations or a michelin starred restaurant. And that doesn’t even cover the official line-up.

The line-up this year is outstanding in its quality and diversity, coveri ng music, art, comedy and of course, literature. It also has plenty for kids with the house of fairy tales, and various games and workshops throughout the weekend. Whether you’re there for contemporary fiction writers of extraordinary talent (Hanif Kureishi, Marcel Theroux), performance poetry (Mucking about with words), cultural icons (Micheal Eavis) or fashion greats (Barbara Hulanicki, of Biba) Port Eliot has it covered.

Camping is great, I mean look at it:

I honestly can’t recommend it highly enough, especially for those people who’ve been attending big gun festivals (Reading and Leeds, V, Glastonbury, T in the Park etc) for a while now and want to branch out. Don’t be put off if you don’t immediately recognise acts on the line-up. In a magical place like this, all the fun is in the exploring.


Port Eliot Lit Fest will be held in Port Eliot, Cornwall on the 27th-29th of July.

The website can be found here :

And tickets can be bought here:



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Excuse me? Performance poetry … “mucking about with words”? Thin ice, missy. Thin ice.

— Chris

Comment by Caroline Crew & Chris Emslie

That’s the name of the troupe you numpty- surely you’ve heard of them?!

Comment by Caroline Crew & Chris Emslie

Oi! I wanna go…can we go? it sounds awesome!

Comment by Sasha de Buyl-Pisco

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