Discover why the twentieth century’s great writers and artists found their inspiration in the fishing town of St Ives.
Painters, sculptors and writers have been drawn to St Ives since the 1920s, when an artists’ colony was founded, establishing it as a thriving hub on the British art scene. Barbara Hepworth had a studio in the Cornish seaside town, Piet Mondrian was a visitor and Godrevy Lighthouse across the bay is said to have inspired Virginia Woolf’s 1927 novel, To The Lighthouse.
In 1993 the Tate Gallery opened a branch in St Ives and now every May visitors flock to the St Ives Literature Festival. Over the nine days of the book fest, tourists and locals alike can enjoy a rich programme of talks, readings and workshops by writers and poets, plus musical performances and comedy acts.
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