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United by literature - and a love of their village

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 23, 2013

Launching their books, St Breward authors Dylan Masters and Katherine Stansfield, illustrator Anna Corns and her husband David Corns picture: Peter Glaser

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A trio of talented authors who have sprung from a small Cornish village gathered for not one, not two, but three book launches.

St Breward's Memorial Hall was the venue for the launch and signing of two new books by authors with a strong connection with the village.

Katherine Stansfield, who grew up in St Breward but now lives in Wales, premiered her first novel, The Visitor, alongside village resident David Corns, who has written children's book Reggie to the Rescue. They were joined on the podium by village school pupil Dylan Masters, promoting his book about St Breward, its people, places and events.

Miss Stansfield's first novel, published by Parthian Books, is set in a fictional Cornish village based on St Ives.

At its core is a love story, but the backdrop explores the waning of the fishing industry and the dislocation among locals as tourism takes hold. It also features a riot based on the real-life Newlyn Riots which took place in 1896.

Meanwhile, current St Breward resident Mr Corns, a retired law lecturer who has lived in the village for 30 years, was promoting his first work, a self-published children's' book. Reggie to the Rescue, which is beautifully illustrated by his artist wife Anna, tells the enchanting story of a family of wallabies living on Bodmin Moor.

Dylan suffers from dyslexia and verbal dyspraxia, but didn't let that stop him from penning a book about his home village. Last month he launched Discovering St Breward, A village on Bodmin Moor – A Boy's View, produced by his school and the Cornwall Education Service.

A spokesman for St Breward's Memorial Hall said: "With refreshments also provided including cream teas and Pimms, this proved to be a popular and busy afternoon and all three authors reported a great success in their book sales."

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