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The Charles Causley Festival


2018’s annual Charles Causley Festival (the 9th one!) is on its way, with an attractive and varied programme offering something for everyone. It runs from the evening of Thursday 31 May  until the evening of Sunday 3 June 2018.

The headline opening attraction for this year is the well-known and well-loved poet and broadcaster, Roger McGough — accompanied by LITTLe MaCHINe, firm Festival favourites who have supported headline poets in previous Causley Festivals. 

Other highlights of this year’s Causley Festival ‘long weekend’ include:

*  readings and talks — about Charles Causley, Launceston, poetry and other literary forms, art, current affairs, and nature

*  practical writers’ workshops, for a number of writing genres — some with follow-up ‘salon’ reading sessions

*  music performances — solo and group, across a range of styles and genres

*  theatre productions, including puppetry

*  cinema showings — mainstream commercial, and local films

*  practical art workshops

*  themed, guided walks around Launceston

*  art exhibitions

*  plus all-day and evening Saturday outdoor market with food, drink, music and more.


 For a full listing of the 2018 Festival’s programme arranged by date and time:

For a full listing of the 2018 Festival’s programme arranged by theme and type,

Tickets are available online, by telephone or in person from

  • Launceston Tourist Information Centre, White Hart Arcade, Launceston. 01566 772321. Online from
  •  Online from Cornish Riviera box office at   Scroll down to the first event for the Festival.
  • Tickets may also be sold on the door at the venues, for many events — but this is subject to availability.

Please note that all ticket prices are inclusive of any booking fees and also that some free events need to be booked to reserve your 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.

The Music and Food Fest accompanies the Charles Causley Festival and takes place in the middle of Launceston’s historic town centre. The theme is, “Relax and have fun!” There will be a Steam Organ pumping out traditional tunes to get you jigging! And there will be plenty of food and drink from stalls, an open-air bar and the town shops. Music throughout the day will be from Steve Winchester, and guest bands, plus performances from Oksigen Theatre. Food vendors will include: Cornish Crepes, Justine’s Kitchen, Julie’s Catering, Tasty Pastry Gluten Free, Artizan Sam and Farmer Tom’s Ice Cream and many more.


Telephone number: 
01566 776302
Launceston Town Hall
Westgate Street
PL15 7AR