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Popular novelist Judy Astley confirmed for Penzance Lit Fest

By CMScott  |  Posted: June 30, 2013

By Scott Hamilton

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POPULAR author Judy Astley – who has set a number of books in rural Cornwall – will be guest speaker at Penzance Litfest’s Literary Lunch.

The Literary Lunch which will take place at two AA Rosette Bay Restaurant, Penzance on Sunday, July 21.

Judy has written 17 highly successful novels and has a loyal following.

Her first book Just for the Summer was inspired by a holiday spent watching locals and visitors “interacting” in a small Cornish village.

In her latest book In the Summertime, she returns to those characters, Miranda and her mother Claire, and looks at how their lives, and the life of the small village they loved, have changed.

Judy will talk about the inspiration that she always gets from being in, and thinking about Cornwall.

She said: “I love writing in and about Cornwall. Just crossing the Tamar bridge into the county never fails to give my imagination a boost. I think it’s all that endless sea and sky and being at the magical far end of the nation where you’re never more than a few yards from utterly beautiful scenery.

“I feel lucky that my children live there so I’m never short of a reason to visit.”

Judy will be introduced by Penzance Litfest patron Patrick Gale, and there will be opportunity for questions.

Judy’s new book will also be available to buy in hardback at a special Literary Lunch price of £10.00

Tickets for the Literary Lunch are £25.00 and are available online from www.crbo.co.uk or in person from the Welcome to West Cornwall Centre in Penzance Bus station, Open Shed on Causewayhead, Penzance, and the Tourist Information Centre in St. Ives.

The full programme is available on-line at http://penzance-literary-festival.org.uk/.

Judy Astley’s books and published books by all the contributors to the Litfest are available from The Edge of the World bookshop, 23 Market Jew St, Penzance.

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