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Charlie Carroll x Clemo Books

Clemo Books will be hosting Cornish author Charlie Carroll on his book tour on Wednesday 2 March, 7pm at Urban Kelt Cafe in Newquay.

Charlie Carroll’s debut novel The Lip focusses on the unseen side of Cornwall away from the hotels and holiday lets. The story is told through the voice of Melody Janie who lives alone in her caravan on the edge of the wild and rugged Cornish coast.

The author, who has twice won the K Blundell Trust award for writers under 40 who aim to raise social awareness with their writing, has also written for The Guardian and The Big Issue and appeared on BBC Radio 4.

Charlie is excited to add Clemo Books to the Cornish leg of his book tour. He said: “At the heart of The Lip is Cornwall, my homeland, and so I’m thrilled to come to Clemo Books and Urban Kelt and talk with people who hold dear Cornish identity and literature – especially in a town like Newquay, which is so often misunderstood and misrepresented in mainstream narratives.”

Newquay’s pop-up independent bookshop Clemo Books is delighted to be able to bring the author tour to town especially considering themes raised in the novel.

Founder of Clemo Books Jaimie Poyner said: “I think The Lip is a really prevalent story for many people in Newquay right now. One way we can make sense of it all is through literature like Carroll’s.”

“To host the event at Urban Kelt Cafe is also very special. Adjoining the Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum the cafe are part of a group leading the Cornish language revival and preserving our Celtic identity through music and dance. The cafe’s Cornish book club have even made The Lip their book of the month so thank you Urban Kelt!” she added.

The Lip will be available to purchase from Clemo Books during the evening. Charlie will be signing copies as well as answering questions from the audience and reading excerpts from the book.

The event will take place at Urban Kelt Cafe on Wednesday 2 March at 7pm. It can be found off of the main central square in Newquay, the address is 4a Crantock St, Newquay TR7 1JS.

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