Book Signing: Cornish Folk Tales of Place

We had the pleasure of welcoming Anna Chorlton, author of Cornish Folk Tales of Place, to our bookshop for a book signing this month.

It’s no secret that there are lots of books about the tales and myths of West Cornwall, but little is said about the stories which come from the East and the North. But Cornish places go hand in hand with old myths and legends and the East and North regions are no different.

So which stories lurk beneath the surface in the East and the North of Cornwall?

Well, Anna Chorlton’s Cornish Folk Tales of Place, will help you find out.

Author  Anna Chorlton

From magic and myth to saints and swords, Cornish Folk Tales of Place is a brilliant book filled with retellings of Cornish folk stories, some of which you may be familiar with, while others wait to be discovered.

The book, which Anna Chorlton wrote after being approached by The History Press for her work on Mazed Tales, is a wonderful example of how Cornish folklore can be told in a captivating and memorable way, suitable for all ages. Rich in Cornish history and myth, this book is perfect for anyone who wants to know more about places in Cornwall filled with folklore.

Anna Chorlton talking about her book

Anna explained to her captivated audience it also serves as a fantastic travel book for visitors and locals alike, filled with short stories and ballads set in pockets of Cornwall.

With over 50 tales spanning from Bodmin to Bude, with many illustrations by children from Cornish schools, Anna revealed that her favourite story is about a bad-tempered witch from St Anthony, who tries to create a kindness spell using her dead neighbour’s leg. It’s said that her spirit still haunts St Anthony after the potion went disastrously wrong.

Cornish Piskeys by Looe school

Holding the book up, Anna showed us an illustration by children from Looe school, which was made using potato prints to create the charismatic piskeys. Almost every story features a charming illustration within its pages, either from Cornish school children or professional artists, to bring the words to life.

We were delighted to hear that, since its release, the book has also been read aloud in schools to help children learn about Cornish folklore and history – and definitely gone down a treat!

Anna’s work is a real Cornish gem and extremely helpful if you want to discover a little bit more about Cornwall, not to mention how to get out of a scrape with Cornish piskeys.

So when you find it, open its pages, sit back, and get lost in a world of Cornish myths and legends.

Cornish Folk Tales of Place is available at Lost in Books.

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What’s On at Lost in Books

Throughout autumn, we have lots of events happening in Lostwithiel. Join us in chatting to local authors, admiring art exhibitions and being a part of the national Books are My Bag campaign – to mention just a few.

Take a peek below at our upcoming events here at Lost in Books.

Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival: 27th -29th September

This annual festival is one of Cornwall’s most famous poetry events, held at Sterts Theatre. Marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this year’s theme sees walls, barriers and borders at the heart of the festival.

Now in its 8th year, Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival welcomes poetry in all its forms, with music, dance, visual art and puppetry performed over the course of the weekend. Workshops, readings and opportunities to speak to established poets, up-and-coming talents, and likeminded readers makes this weekend a treasure not to be missed.

We’ll be selling poetry collections at the event itself with books from festival speakers available to purchase.

Book signing with Anna Chorlton – Cornish Folk Tales of Place: 5th October

Cornish Folk Tales of Place

Cornwall’s rugged coast is etched with stories.

Join us at 11am on 5th October for a book signing with Anna Chorlton. Her book Cornish Folk Tales of Place tells the many stories of Cornish folk tales from the east and north of Cornwall.

Filled with beautiful artwork from local artists and the chance to delve deeper into some of Cornwall’s legendary stories, this book is already becoming a firm favourite with indie booksellers across the county. Within its pages are tales bound to stir a memory in your heart, while others may be completely new to you. But, whichever the story, you’re guaranteed to feel the magic and myth of Cornwall with this book in your hands.

Anna will be available to sign books at this event. Everyone is welcome.

Bookshop Day: 5th October

Bookshop Day is all about championing a love of reading and shouting about the places which unite bookworms – bookshops! There will be lots of goodies available at Lost in Books to celebrate Bookshop Day, such as bookmarks, Books Are My Bag children’s bags, stickers, and bookish postcards. Set up by the national Books Are My Bag campaign, Bookshop Day promises to be full of fun for both booksellers and readers.

Come along and join us.

Art exhibition: Roberta Hopkins

Local artist Roberta Hopkins will be showcasing her beautiful art collection ‘Observations’ in our shop throughout the autumn months.

Blending her exquisite attention to detail with a love of our ancient town, Roberta’s etchings are available in the shop to buy, or simply browse. She also makes gorgeous jewellery, which you can see by visiting her website.

We’re incredibly proud to showcase her artwork on our walls, surrounded by beautiful books.

Top Five Reading Spots in Lostwithiel

Lostwithiel is a great place to read, regardless of what the weather is doing. So, no matter whether we’re in the middle of a soggy summer or a blissful heatwave, we’ve picked out some of our favourite reading spots in Lostwithiel for you to try.

  1. By the riverbank

 This is a great spot to read under the shade of the trees lining the riverbank, located just before the bridge to neighbouring village Lerryn. The trickle of the water running and the swell of the summer heat as you catch up on your favourite read is a great way to spend time in Lostwithiel. Pack a picnic along and you’re all set up to have a relaxed afternoon of reading.

  1. In a café

If you enjoy reading anywhere and find a warm and friendly atmosphere comforting, then a bustling Lostwithiel café might just be for you. We have several cafés and boutique eateries to choose from, all located right in the centre of our famous antique town, meaning you’ll never be far away from the action. Order your favourite hot beverage or tuck in to a tempting pasty, while getting to grips with your current novel. Between reading and drinking, why not watch passers-by as they stroll along the streets?

  1. Surrounded by nature

Take the trail past Quay Street and you’ll find yourself in Coulson Park surrounded by the beauty of nature. If you enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside, then this reading spot is for you. Get in touch with nature as you lie back on a blanket above the fresh summer grass and while away the hours with a good book (or two, or three).

However, if you’re after a longer stroll for a more secluded read, follow the trail after Coulson Park that follows the trainline and within ten minutes you’ll stumble upon Shirehall Moor, a wonderful nature reserve located just alongside the Fowey River. Settle down with the buzzing bees and gaze at the wildflowers at your feet as you pull your book from your trusted bag and dip into the literary world.

  1. Pub

Lostwithiel is proud to host some of most traditional pubs in Cornwall. If it’s a rainy day, then why not snuggle up with a cushion or two in an old pub armchair, listening to the rain patter against the windows with your favourite characters? We’ve spent enough time in Lostwithiel to know that the bar staff are always friendly and willing to help a budding reader or two settle down during quiet, rainy spells with a drink – soft or alcoholic – in hand.

If it’s scorching weather, however, why not sit out in one of the relaxed beer gardens? Filled with history and good old fashioned charm, any one of our pubs in Lostwithiel is a great place to read with pleasant company and a relaxed atmosphere.

  1. Museum

Did you know that Lostwithiel has a museum located on Fore Street? With Queen Victoria, famous authors, and inspired artists on the list of people who have visited here, this is a great way to learn a bit more about the beautiful place we live in. Delve into the museum literature to explore the history of the town, what made it so important to Cornwall, and the stories of the people who once (and still do) live here. We know it may not be a novel, or even a non-fiction paperback that you’ll be reading inside these Georgian walls, but we think it’s a sneaky must-read regardless!

That concludes our roundup of the top five reading spots in Lostwithiel. We hope you enjoy them – or if we haven’t mentioned your favourite, then let us know.

Stuck on something to read? We can help with that.

We’re proud to cater for every reader’s taste, from literary wonders to gripping genre fiction, and timeless classics to the latest non-fiction. Whatever your reading style, we hope you’ll find a book you adore with us at Lost in Books.

Lost in Books Celebrates Independent Bookshop Week

Come and join the fun with Lost in Books as we celebrate Independent Bookshop Week. We are thrilled to be taking part in this fantastic week from 15th-22nd June, championing a love of books alongside over 400 independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland.

With lots of goodies to give away, such as bookmarks, leaflets, vouchers and limited edition tote bags, why not come and visit us to celebrate a love of reading? Who knows – you might even discover your next favourite book!

Run by the Booksellers Association and a huge part of the Books Are My Bag campaign, Independent Bookshop Week hopes to celebrate independent bookshops across the nations. They also give out fantastic awards to the best adult, children’s and picture books of the year and actively champion local #BookshopHeroes and booksellers.

We were pleased to discover that authors based in Cornwall, such as Liz Fenwick and Patrick Gale, have also been spreading the word about Independent Bookshop Week – with appearances in local bookshops and giveaways on social media at the forefront of their campaigns. Who better to bump into at your local bookshop than one of your favourite authors?

This entire week is going to be packed full of fun and (we hope) lots of reading. Make sure you stop in and say hello to grab your free National Book Token £5 voucher and perhaps get lost in a world of books as you slip through our doors.

So, whether you fancy having a browse, or going home with one (or two, or maybe even three!) books clutched firmly to your chest, we hope you find something to make your week special at Lost in Books.

Author Event – Sarah Cave and Ben Smith

Recently, Lost in Books were proud to host a literary event showcasing two very talented writers. For the event, published poet, Sarah Cave, and debut novelist, Ben Smith, read aloud from their works, speaking about setting and place, how it’s used, and the tantalising consequence of how the absence of human life can have a deep effect on the confines of our minds when left alone out in the world.

Sarah Cave, who has published two poetry collections (with another on the way later this year!), tells the story of Slava, a Russian individual living in the Arctic inspired by the real-life Arctic weatherman in her striking collection An Arbitrary Line. The poignancy of her poetry, echoing themes of loneliness, humanity and the isolation within a huge and harsh climate, such as Northern Russia, is incredibly rich and evocative in its powerful use of language. While her poetry might be deep and wistful at times, there were definitely several shared laughs between her and the audience as she read her work aloud. Inspired by a reflection of the abstract and the effect the human mind can have once humanity has disappeared, this collection is a prize to keep close to your heart. Listening to her work and being drawn in by her rhythmic words was a pleasure.

Ben Smith, whose debut Doggerland, a dystopian exploration of family, fear and ever-prevalent climate change, also read at our event. Again, weaving in themes of loss, humanity and an isolated setting, hearing Ben’s prose being spoken aloud was mesmerising. Surviving in a world where the only two characters interact with each other and the sea, Ben’s debut has been described as a stylistic mixture between Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam and Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic prose. Needless to say, it was a treat to listen to his words and listen in on the details of how he wrote the book.

Situated along the idyllic riverbank of Lostwithiel, we believe there is no better place for a book event, set in an ancient town such as ours. Recently opened, we share our space with rustic, home decor shop, Atticus & Willow, filled with natural plants, greenery and delicate trinkets and treasures you can just as easily get lost in and find your inner gardener.

An independent bookshop dedicated to all things fiction and non-fiction, step into our space filled with all your favourite books. They line the shelves, creep up the walls, and lay stacked in plucky little piles beneath the rustic table centred in the middle of the room. Those books in turn breathe words, and those words weave into much-loved stories. The only thing they need is for somebody to step in, pick one up, and start reading. Why not come in and discover your next treasured read?

This event was such a wonderful experience to be a part of and listen to the words of two very talented artists. We hope to host many more to come, championing a love of reading and local authors with something unique to say.

Fancy visiting us? Pop in and say hello!