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A Child­hood with the Surrealists

Fal­mouth Art Gallery’s exhib­i­tion A Child­hood with the Sur­real­ists opens on Sat­urday 21 Janu­ary, and runs until 3 March.  It fea­tures newly com­mis­sioned works cre­ated in part­ner­ship by con­tem­por­ary Sur­real­ist artists Andrew Lanyon and Ant­ony Pen­rose. Also included are works by Max Ernst, Henry Moore, Roland Pen­rose, Man Ray and Lee Miller.

Art in Cornwall cover image

Michael Bird’s book Art in Corn­wall fea­tures work cre­ated in Corn­wall by many of these artists. It will be pub­lished in our Pocket Corn­wall series in May.




Art and the Sea: Charles Napier Hemy RA

Thursday 26 Janu­ary, 7.30 p.m, at The Poly, Fal­mouth. Book here.

Alison Bevan, Director of Pen­lee House Gal­lery & Museum, Pen­zance, will give a talk about  the work of Charles Napier Hemy RA, RWS (1841–1917) in the con­text of the Newlyn School painters.

Set­tling him­self in Fal­mouth and using a con­ver­ted fish­ing boat as a float­ing stu­dio, Hemy became acclaimed as the most accom­plished mar­ine painter of his gen­er­a­tion. From his child­hood he developed a life-​​long pas­sion for sail­ing and his work demon­strates his intim­ate know­ledge of the sea’s myriad shapes and hues. His friend, fel­low artist Sir Frank Brang­wyn, wrote ‘His know­ledge of the sea was superb. As a draughts­man of wave forms he stands alone.’

Mar­garet Pow­ell, the artist’s grand­daugh­ter, is the author of our book Mas­ter of the Sea: Charles Napier Hemy RA, RWS. With an intro­duc­tion by Brian Stew­art, former Dir­ector of Fal­mouth Art Gal­lery, it uses Hemy’s note­books to tell the col­our­ful story of his life.

Master of the Sea cover image



Seal Secrets… It’s look­ing good!

We’ve just checked the print­ers’ pages of Sue Say­ers’ book Seal Secrets: Corn­wall and the Isles of Scilly. It’s look­ing so good, we thought we’d give it a pre­view. Sue is the founder of Corn­wall Seal Group, and has spent thou­sands of hours observing grey seals in the wild. Her book will be pub­lished in March in our Pocket Corn­wall series.

Here are the cover and a few pages:

Seal Secrets cover
Seal Secrets book pages photoSeal Secrets book pages photo



Surf­ing Trop­ical Beats… it’s at the printer’s

The much anti­cip­ated sequel to Surf­ing Bril­liant Corners, Sam Bleakley’s new book, Surf­ing Trop­ical Beats, is at the printer’s now, and will be pub­lished in April. Sam and the surf­EX­PLORE team will take us on a roller­coaster ride, drum­ming up a trop­ical beat, through Gabon, India, Viet­nam, Algeria, China and Haiti. Com­bin­ing ‘Deep Travel’, John Cal­la­han’s incred­ible pho­to­graphy and Sam’s per­form­ance writ­ing, they cap­ture the spirit of these tur­bu­lent coast­s­capes, blood racing, run­ning on salt­water fuel.

Can’t wait? Catch pre­views of the team’s travels pos­ted on our Face­book page.

Surfing Tropical Beats cover image



A Cornish Year… our new fea­ture book

David Chap­man’s won­der­ful A Cornish Year is our new fea­ture book. Writ­ten in diary style, it focuses on the out­doors: wild­life spe­cial to Corn­wall; people who work in con­ser­va­tion in the county; how you can get more involved with our nat­ural his­tory. Every month we will whet your appet­ite, post­ing snip­pets from A Cornish Year.

How’s this for starters?

3 Janu­ary: The Cattle Egret

The won­der­ful thing about bird­watch­ing is that you never quite know what you will see next, and Corn­wall is one of the best places in the world for see­ing the unex­pec­ted. … I decided to head for Trencrom Hill … I found egrets … in a field with sheep. … Around the world cattle egrets are quite com­mon … They have never bred in Corn­wall, or indeed in Bri­tain … In the second half of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury there were only just over 100 records of cattle egrets in the whole of Bri­tain, and that puts some per­spect­ive on the 40 or so birds that were in res­id­ence in Corn­wall dur­ing the winter. Their inva­sion of a new breed­ing area is not without pre­ced­ent … This winter may be a pre­ced­ent for the even­tual spread of cattle egrets to our shores.’ Global warm­ing?  If you want to know what, in David’s view, is more crit­ical to their spread, you’ll have to read the book!

little egret photo © David Chapman

A little egret © David Chapman

cattle egret photo © David Chapman

A cattle egret © David Chapman










It’s good to be indoors with a good book!

101 Cornish Lives cover
Strange Things Happened on My Way to the Zoo cover
A Passion for Plants cover
There’s noth­ing like snug­gling up with a good book, and we have lots to choose from. So check out our web­site today!



Christ­mas Crack­ers… last chance!

Tomor­row, Fri­day 23 Decem­ber, is our last day at Pen­zance Farm­ers’ Mar­ket before Christ­mas. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St John’s Haal. We will have lots of lovely books, with some spe­cial Christ­mas offers!

Freya Laughton handmade books photo

Girls blue fishes apron on model

And for some­thing extra spe­cial, look out  for Freya Laughton, for a range of beau­ti­ful hand­made books, cards, aprons for all ages, and lots more… and Chris­topher Laughton for cards and prints.



Baby seal freed from net after the storms

A baby seal entangled in a storm-​​damaged fish­ing net at St Ives Bay has been suc­cess­fully released back into the wild. The dis­tressed pup was dis­covered among a group of adult seals by the chair­man of Corn­wall Seal Group, Sue Sayer. Read the full story here.

Seal Secrets cover

Next spring, we will pub­lish Sue’s book, Seal Secrets: Corn­wall and the Isles of Scilly in our Pocket Corn­wall series.



Christ­mas Crack­ers… start­ing tomorrow!

Don’t for­get, if you are look­ing for that spe­cial gift, we shall be at Pen­zance Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, at St John’s Hall, on the Fri­days before Christ­mas – start­ing tomor­row, 9 Decem­ber, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lots of lovely books!

Freya Laughton handmade books photoFor some­thing extra spe­cial, look out  for Freya Laughton, for a range of beau­ti­ful hand­made books, cards, aprons for all ages, and lots more… and Chris­topher Laughton for cards and prints.

Freya Laughton aprons photo



Christ­mas Crackers!

Look­ing for that spe­cial gift? We shall be at Pen­zance Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, at St John’s Hall, on the Fri­days before Christ­mas – 9, 16 and 23 Decem­ber, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lots of lovely books!

Freya Laughton handmade books photoLook out too for Freya Laughton, for a range of beau­ti­ful hand­made books, cards, aprons for all ages, and lots more… and Chris­topher Laughton for cards and prints.

Freya Laughton aprons photo