Hailed as this year’s hippest festival, Port Eliot is just around the corner and I’m heading to the stately home to see just how a weekend of books, comedy, music and eccentricity fits into Cornwall’s cultural landscape.
After three weeks of solid rain the charts for this weekend are looking good, though it’s not waves I’m hoping for. It’s sunshine and plenty of it. Because I don’t want to be wading through mud as I listen to Dominic West talk about life as Jimmy McNulty on The Wire, sway nostalgically to Evan Dando strumming, bounce around to rockabilly records and laugh as the best spoken word poets and comedians including Luke Wright, Joe Dunthorne and Simon Munnery make magic with words at this year’s Port Eliot Festival.
And on top of that I’m hoping to pick Gavin Pretor-Pinney’s brain about cloud formations over the ocean, chat to Jamie Brisick about marrying writing and surfing and hear extracts of Dan Crockett’s creative fiction.
Who said surfing and culture don’t mix? I’ll let you know how I get on…