An informal opportunity to hear from renowned authors

Past talks

Friday October 13th
6:30 pm

Constantine Book Club present

Tim Sullivan

Tim Sullivan is an acclaimed screenwriter, whose credits include A Handful of Dust, Jack and Sarah (which he also directed) and My Little Pony – A New Generation. He is also a Television director whose credits include Sherlock Holmes and Cold Feet.
He has now embarked on a series of crime novels – The Dentist, The Cyclist, The Patient, The Politician and The Monk – set in Bristol featuring the eccentric and socially-awkward, but brilliantly persistent DS George Cross.
Talk, discussion and questions from 7.30pm.

Tickets £7


Friday March 24th
7:00 pm

Wildlife Groundswell presents:
Our Future with Beavers

How will we adjust to having beavers in our landscape and what effects will they have? Chris is a farmer and already has beavers on his land in Cornwall.

Free entry…
but please try to let us know in advance that you intend to come by contacting

Tickets will be available on the door.
Hot drinks, biscuits and bar.

Donations to Cornwall Beaver Project.

Friday March 17th
6:30 pm

Cathy Rentzenbrink

Cathy Rentzenbrink is an acclaimed memoirist whose books include The Last Act of Love, Dear Reader and Everyone is Still Alive. Her book about how to write a memoir Write It All Down was published in 2022. She will be joining us to talk about her books and her interest in creative writing.

Cornish cheese and biscuits plus bar from 6.30pm.

Talk, discussion and questions from 7.30pm.


Friday September 30th
6:30 pm

Nicci Pugh – White Ship – Red Crosses

Constantine Book Group Plus present Nicci Pugh – White Ship – Red Crosses.

Nicci will be joining us to talk about her book White Ship – Red Crosses A Nursing Memoir of the Falklands War. An inspiring and fascinating presentation illustrating the role of a British hospital ship in the Falklands War.


Friday June 10th
6:30 pm

Unlost: A Journey of Self-discovery and the healing power of the wild outdoors

Local author and adventurer Gail Muller talks about her adventures on the 2200 mile Appalachian Trail, and how the experience helped her to heal both mind and body. For fifteen years she struggled with musculo-skeletal issues and chronic pain. In 2019, after years searching for cures for her physical and mental health, she realised it was time for a profound change.

The evening will include finger food and a bar, book sales and a quiz.

Tickets £5
Doors open 6.30pm, talk starts at 7.30pm.

Saturday December 4th
11:00 am

William Howard

In advance of tomorrow’s concert William Howard will be hosting an informal “Musical Chat” at the Tolmen Centre.  This is a gentle introduction to a genre with which some may be less familiar.  This is a free event but please book with Gia Shaw in advance on 07979 864736 as seats are limited.

Friday November 12th
7:30 pm

“The Courage Game” by Jeni Whittaker

A Free Literary Event

On Friday November 12th at 7.30pm The Tolmen Centre is hosting a discussion and book signing with local author Jeni Whittaker.  Her ‘novelized biography’ of her great-aunt, Gladys Mary Hazel, tells the true story of one of the central figures in the Suffragette movement.  It is a gripping narrative, following her from her childhood in Ireland through her schooldays and early teaching career, to her involvement in the radical movement for women’s rights. It is a terrific read, and has great relevance to the present day.

Jeni will be interviewed and open to questions, and will also be happy to sign copies of her book which will be on sale at the event.

The Tolmen bar will be open and all are welcome.

Thursday September 9th
7:30 pm

Patrick Gale

Constantine Book Club Plus present Patrick Gale

A live streaming of Cathy Rentzenbrink in discussion with the award winning author Patrick Gale. A fundraising event in aid of Emmaus, the charity working to support homeless people in Cornwall.

All proceeds will be donated to Emmaus Cornwall.


Why you hurt the way you do and what you can do about it

Pain, Fascia and The Bowen Technique

A talk by world renowned functional anatomist Julian Baker

An informal amusing and entertaining evening exploring the emerging science of fascia and its role in how the body works.

Julian has been a Bowen teacher and Functional Anatomist for nearly 30 years and has treated and taught thousands of people all over the world.

Ticket donations to:
Doctors Without Borders

Contact info: 07516474605

William Dalrymple

Constantine Book Club Plus

Multi award-winning William Dalrymple is the bestselling author of many books including In Xanadu, White Mughals, and most recently his collaborative book, Koh-I-Noor. Born in Scotland he now lives in Delhi with his family. A ‘master story-teller’ his work is meticulously researched. This is a rare opportunity to hear him speak in Cornwall.

Tickets £5

An Illustrated Talk by Ed Martin


In an illustrated talk, Ed Martin shares stories of his recent adventures
from Falmouth to Iceland by sailing yacht and sea-kayak.

Michèle Roberts

Constantine Literary Group

Michèle Roberts is the author of twelve highly acclaimed novels, including The Looking Glass and Daughters of the House which won the WH Smith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her memoir Paper Houses was BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week

Tickets £5

An Evening with Liz Fenwick

Liz describes herself as “writer, ex-pat expert, wife, mother of three, and dreamer turned doer...” Liz is the award winning author of many books set in Cornwall including 'The Cornish House' and 'A Cornish Affair'.  'The Returning Tide' was published in March 2017.

6.30pm for 7.30pm

Tickets £5

Wyl Menmuir

Constantine Book Club Plus

Wyl Menmuir is a novelist and editor based in Cornwall. His bestselling debut novel 'The Many' was long-listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. Wyl writes and edits for a range of national magazines, journals and blogs and is the 2017 writer in residence at Falmouth University.

Light refreshments and wine available from 6.30

Tickets £5

An Evening with Nina Stibbe

Join us for a lively and humorous evening with nationally-acclaimed writer Nina Stibbe, author of the fantastically funny and extremely successful Love, Nina which was recently televised for the BBC. In addition to this her massively acclaimed novel Man at the Helm was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Praise for Comic Fiction.  Her latest novel Paradise Lodge is the sharp, humorous and touching sequel to Man at the Helm

Tickets £5.00

Ben Rawlence

Ben Rawlence talks about his internationally best selling book City of Thorns. Recently book of the week on Radio Four, it interweaves the stories of nine people living in the refugee camp Dadaab.

To the charity workers, Dadaab refugee camp is a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, it is a ‘nursery for terrorists’ but to its half a million residents, it is their last resort. City of Thorns is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions, brought to life through the stories of people who call Dadaab home.

Los Angeles Times “Magisterial”
The Sunday Times “Masterful”
Observer “Outstanding”
The Guardian “Remarkable... brilliant...Timely, compelling and disturbing.”

In aid of the WindleTrust which supports secondary education in the camp.

Tickets £7

Will Coleman

Constantine Book Group Plus

Will Colman film maker, author and musician explains how and why the tradition of Plen an Gwari (The playing places of Cornwall) flourished and died, and how we can locate our local sites. Light refreshments and bar available from 6.30pm.

Tickets £5

Will Hodgkinson

Constantine Book Group Plus

An evening with Will Hodgkinson, rock and pop music critic for the Times. His latest book ‘The House is full of Yogis’ describes the effect on his teenage self and family of his father’s conversion to BramaKumaris in 1983.

Light refreshments and wine available from 6.30.

Tickets £5

Victoria Glendinning

Constantine Book Group Plus

Acclaimed biographer, critic and broadcaster talks about Anthony Trollope who was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of his best-loved works, collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire.

He also wrote many other perceptive novels on political, social, and gender issues.

Light refreshments and wine available from 6.30 Tickets £5

Philip Marsden

Constantine Literary Group

The award-winning author of a number of works of travel, fiction and non-fiction, including The Bronski House, and The Levelling Sea, will talk about his latest book Rising Ground. an exploration of the mythology and topology of Cornwall.

Light refreshments and wine available from 6.30

Tickets £5

An evening with Patrick Gale

Constantine Literary Group

The award winning writer whose works include Notes from an Exhibition and A Perfectly Good Man will be talking about mothers in his fiction and the diplomatic challenges of writing about family life.   He will also provide a sneak preview of his next novel A Place Called Winter.

Tickets £5
Light refreshments and wine available from 6.30

Constantine Literary Pod

The evening starts with Cornish language and music from Tirhatavas.

Then Jane Johnson, author of TheTenth Gift and The Salt Road, talks on Pirates and Slaves and a hidden chapter of 17th Century Cornish and Moroccan History which has changed her life.

Wine and light refreshments available from 6.45.

Tickets £5

Lucinda Hawksley: Book Group Plus

A talk by Lucinda Hawksley, great great great grand-daughter of Charles Dickens, author and historian with a special interest in 19th and early 20th century art and literature.
Tickets £5

Bareback in Botswana

The third in the series, Sara and Gia talk about their recent holiday horse-riding with big game in the Okavango Delta. Dancing afterwards to the Sunshine boys

In aid of the Tolmen Garden Fund and the Okavango Education Project

Tickets £10 inc. free glass of wine

Cantering through the Caucasus

More adventures of our intrepid lady riders, Gia Shaw and Sarah Thomas, as they move on to the wilds of Georgia.

Tickets £5