The Journey to Castle Dor

The Q Fund was delighted to undertake an exciting new project in 2017.  Working with young writer Polly Gregson, we have been investigating the creative relationship and links between Daphne du Maurier and Q (Sir Arthur Quiller Couch).  Our starting point for this research was the novel Castle Dor; a reworking of the Tristan and Yseult story set in Fowey. Unusually it was initially authored by Q and later completed by du Maurier after Q’s death.

After completing her research Polly shared her findings through a talk that toured to Cornish festivals throughout 2017.  These included appearances at the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature, the Charles Causley Festival and the St Ives September Festival and a Reflective Day at the Endelienta near Port Isaac.

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There is the chance to read Polly's essay on this subject here Finished by Another: co-authorship and self-completion in Castle Dor. It has also been published on the du Maurier website.

Another exciting development of the project was that Michael Portillo interviewed Polly about Q for an episode of Great British Railway Jouneys (Plymouth to the Lizard). This aired on BBC2 on 12 January 2018.

We are very grateful to FEAST for providing funding towards the project. We would also like to thank Bookends of Fowey, Great Western Railways and our individual donors for their generous support of the project.

FEAST is a programme to make great art happen across Cornwall. FEAST harnesses the talents and energy of Cornwall’s artists and communities, generating new opportunities for everyone to enjoy the arts. The focus is on bringing people together to share experiences as audiences or participants, and on animating local celebrations and cultural life.  Investment for FEAST comes from Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.  The programme is managed by Creative Kernow.