Authors Sophie and Zulekha discuss how Cornwall has inspired their fantasy writing, from Arthur to the desert!

Thursday 13th June, 7pm, St Ia Church Green

Tickets £6

Available online or in person from the Library or the Bookshop

Cornwall as inspiration for New Lands

Join St Ives Bookseller for a relaxed evening with 2 authors as they discuss their latest books and how the Cornish landscape has provided inspiration for both.

Welsh author Sophie Keetch’s debut novel begins a spellbinding trilogy reframing the life of a misunderstood figure from mythology: Morgan le Fay. Born in the midst of a storm, Morgan is defiant, fiercely intelligent, and yearns to shape her future on her own terms. When the tyrant King Uther Pendragon marries her mother, her world is thrown upside down. Intimately linked to the sea- lapped Cornish landscape but soon to be torn from it against her will, Morgan has not only a dangerous path ahead, but also an extraordinary healing power yet to be understood.

Zulekhá A. Afzal was born and raised in Cornwall. Dancers of the Dawn is the first in a YA duology inspired by the author’s mixed cultural heritage. Deep in the desert, under a blazing sun, an elite troupe of female dancers are trained to harness their magic. They are Queen Sana’s most formidable weapons. Aasira has one of the rarest forms of magic – for she is a flame-wielder. Both feared and envied, she must use her power to execute enemies of the crown. On the eve of her graduation, all Aasira wants is to serve her queen and escape the legacy of her infamous mother: a traitor to her country. But as war looms on the horizon and secrets stir in the shifting dunes, she begins to question whether she was really born to kill…

We’ll be at St Ia Church on the Green to side of the building.

The Cafe will be open to serve refreshments. If the weather is inclement we will be in the Church.