The Isles of Scilly have been a source of inspiration to writers, artists and craftspeople for generations. Indeed a fair few of them like to stay with us, the country guesthouse being the perfect peaceful spot for artistic thought!
Right now, we’re in the midst of Scilly’s inaugural Isles of Scilly Festival, a month-long celebration of local art, literature, music and island life. Head-lining this Friday afternoon (13th May) at the Star Castle is Sergeant Colin Taylor, well known for the Isles of Scilly Police Facebook page, who will regale amusing tales of his policing life on the islands, ahead of the launch of his new book in June, “Life of a Scilly Sergeant”.
Sergeant Taylor is one of several writers and storytellers appearing at the festival. Prize winning author Marion Moltena will give a talk and book signing on 31st May, whilst Colin Jordan also presents his book “Stone in the Blood” on Friday 20th May.
The festival also features an eclectic mix of photography and artistic workshops, exhibitions, craft fairs and performances, all in our most unique of island settings. Highlights include the chance to join artist Sue Lewington on St. Martin’s, well known for her published sketchbooks of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, on a sketching walk, as well as paper making and acrylic workshops at the Phoenix Craft studio on St. Mary’s.
If you’re here on 26th May, you can delight in the traditions of May Day and watch school children welcome in the spring. And towards of the end of the month, why not indulge in Scilly’s ever-popular folk festival? Once again it will feature some of the best folk music from Scilly and the south-west, including lunchtime gigs, evening performances and informal sessions across the Whitsun bank holiday weekend.
Pick up a programme in the foyer here at the Isles of Scilly Country Guesthouse, or at the Tourist Information Centre and other shops in town.