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Talks

Friday 17th October 7:30pm

The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs

Falmouth Bookseller presents: An Illustrated Talk and Book Signing  with Tristan Gooley: The Natural Navigator

Tristan will be talking about his new book ‘The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs’, the ultimate guide to what the land, sun, moon, stars, trees, plants, animals, sky and clouds can reveal – when you know what to look for.

Tristan Gooley is a writer, navigator and explorer. Through his journeys, teaching and writing, he has pioneered a renaissance in the rare art of natural navigation.

This book is the result of Tristan Gooley’s two decades of pioneering outdoors experience and six years instructing, researching and writing.

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Saturday 18th October 7:30pm

Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place

Falmouth Bookseller presents: Philip Marsden: In Conversation and Book Signing

Philip Marsden will be interviewed by Colin Midson from Granta Books.  He will be talking about his newly published book ‘Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place’.

Why do we react so strongly to certain places? Why do layers of mythology build up around particular features in the landscape? When Philip Marsden moved to a remote creekside farmhouse in Cornwall, the intensity of his response took him aback. It led him to begin exploring these questions, prompting a journey westwards to Land’s End through one of the most fascinating regions of Europe.

From the Neolithic ritual landscape of Bodmin Moor to the Arthurian traditions of Tintagel, from the mysterious china-clay country to the granite tors and tombs of the far south-west, Marsden assembles a chronology of our shifting attitudes to place.

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Tuesday 21st October 7:30pm
Poly Bar

Local History Talks – The Hidden Graveyard

Brought to you by Falmouth’s Local History and Research Group

The Dissenters Burying Ground, Ponsharden – The Hidden Graveyard

A Talk by Robert Nunn and Tom Weller, restoration volunteers and authors of the fascinating new book about the cemetery and the people buried here.

The Dissenters Burying Ground (also known as the “Independent Burial Ground” or the “Congregationalist Cemetery”) at Ponsharden, Cornwall was opened in 1808 to serve the Dissenting Christian congregations of Falmouth and Penryn.  It received approximately 587 burials over a period of 120 years, including many local residents of note, before being abandoned in the 1930s. During the 20th century the site experienced significant neglect and extensive vandalism.  In May 2012 a volunteer group began to restore the burial ground which (combined with an adjacent Jewish cemetery) is now a protected Scheduled Monument of national importance.   Restoration work continues and the burial ground is open to the public on selected occasions.  The newly published book provides an insight into the graveyard and the lives of those buried here.

7pm in The Bar for a 7:30 start

£5/£4 concessions (plus Poly fund £1)  Book early. Limited to 40 seats.

Taking place in the Poly Bar. Come early for a drink and comfy seats.

Tuesday 11th November 7:30pm
Poly Bar

Local History Talks – The Enys Estate

Brought to you by Falmouth’s Local History and Research Group

A presentation by local historian Terry Chapman giving insight into the fascinating history of the house, gardens and owners of the and future plans for the Enys Estate.

The Enys Estate has been owned by members of the influential Enys family since the 13th century. The Estate encompasses the house and outbuildings as well as 30 acres of gardens featuring a range of plants and woodland areas as well as the famous bluebell meadow. Recent developments have included the establishment of a history room where visitors can find out more about the Enys family, the gardens and the house.

7pm in The Bar for a 7:30 start.

£5/£4 concessions (plus Poly fund £1)  Book early. Limited to 40 seats.

Come early for a drink and comfy seats.

Tuesday 9th December 7:30pm
Poly Bar

Local History Talks – The Mysterious Loss of The Darlwyne

Brought to you by Falmouth’s Local History and Research Group

The Mysterious Loss of The Darlwyne – A Cornish Holiday Tragedy.  A presentation by researcher and author Martin Banks about the tragic loss of this pleasure cruiser in 1966.

Almost 50 years ago, a boat full of men, women and children left Mylor for a day trip to Fowey little realising that none of them would survive the voyage. Described as one of the worst civil maritime tragedies in modern times, the sinking of the Darlwyne is still shrouded in mystery as the wreck was never found and the bodies of only 12 of the 31 people on board were ever recovered.

St Just author Martin Banks has carried out extensive research into the tragedy and recently had his book, The Mysterious Loss of The Darlwyne: A Cornish Holiday Tragedy, published.

7pm in The Bar for a 7:30 start

£5/£4 concessions (plus Poly fund £1) Book early. Limited to 40 seats.

Taking place in the Poly Bar.  Come early for a drink and comfy seats.