The Daphne du Maurier Literary Centre set in the heart of Fowey, reflects the
strong literary heritage of the town and surrounding area. Many well-known authors have stayed for brief periods, on holiday or with friends. However long their stay writers from all walks of life have found inspiration
in the beauty and history of this unique and special place. The Centre features exhibitions on a number of authors as well as a 15 minute video. A range of quality merchandise is also available.
By far the most famous local author is Daphne du Maurier
who was heavily influenced by the beauty and history of Fowey and the surrounding countryside. Much of the Literary Centre is dedicated to her life and work. As well as the exhibition on Daphne du Maurier, the Centre features the work of three other authors with strong Fowey connections.
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, known as 'Q', was a great Cornish literary figure who lived in Fowey and wrote fondly of the inhabitants of the town he called his 'Troy'.
Kenneth Grahame, a great friend of
Q's, often came to stay in Fowey for holidays. It is said his boat trips along the River Fowey influenced his most famous book, 'The Wind in the Willows'.
a Yorkshireman who settled in Fowey. His books focused heavily on his childhood home of Robin Hood's Bay, as well as his escape to Cornwall and his life living in an old army hut, off Pont Creek.
As well as the
exhibition and video, guides give talks on the literary heritage of the area, focusing on the four authors featured in the exhibitions. The talks occur at 2.00pm on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout
the season and last about an hour. Talks can be arranged for groups at other times, including evenings, if desired. A small charge applies. Places bookable in advance by phoning: .
Throughout the months of July, August and September
a programme of special events takes place at the Literary Centre.
Visitors are advised to leave their car in the main car park at the entrance to Fowey.
A shuttle service normally operates into the town.
The Literary Centre is located in the centre of Fowey, next to the Church.
The Centre isevery day from early May until mid-September,
from 10.00am to 5.00pm.