Carnglaze Caverns

On the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of July 2017, The Solstice Blade was at Carnglaze Caverns near Liskeard in Cornwall for their Crystal and Crafts Show.

Carnglaze Caverns is a disused slate mine located in the Loveny Valley on the way to the village of St. Neot, and is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Once at Carnglaze, the entrance to the cavern itself is to be found along a short footpath, tucked away around a bend. It is always a delight to round the corner and encounter the lights and sounds of activity emanating from the entrance cut into the hillside.

The entrance to the slate cavern.
The entrance to the slate cavern.

Early on the Saturday morning, before the show opened to the public, there was time for a walk in the woodland surrounding the caverns, which is populated with many enchanting statues of mythological creatures.

A statue in the woodlands surrounding Carnglaze Caverns.
Statue in the woodlands surrounding Carnglaze Caverns.
Statue of a fairy located in the woodlands at Carnglaze Caverns.
Statue located in the woodlands at Carnglaze Caverns.

The Solstice Blade stall was set up underground in the upper part of the cavern system known as The Rum Store, which is often used as a concert venue. The temperature in the caves remains constant throughout the year, and whilst this was probably a comfortable temperature for the slate miners to perform their physical work in, it can feel rather chilly when one is sitting down manning a stall! I certainly felt rather overdressed as I wandered out squinting into the soaring temperatures of a July weekend wrapped up in a jumper, coat and scarf!

The solstice blade books and posters on the stall
The Solstice Blade stall in the Rum Store at Carnglaze Caverns.

It was very enjoyable to meet people who were interested in reading The Solstice Blade and even one or two who were reading it at the time. Several people were curious about  my experiences of self-publishing, and I hope I was able to offer them some useful information and hopefully inspire them to give it a go themselves. In addition to the public attending the event, many of the other stall holders and even the organiser of the event picked up a copy and I look forward to hearing their thoughts and comments about the story.

Close up of The Solstice Blade book with fairy lights and candle.
Close up of a copy of The Solstice Blade on the stall.
A view from the entrance of the Rum Store towards the stage, showing stalls set up for the show.
View from the entrance of the Rum Store towards the stage, showing stalls set up for the show.

The otherworldly ambience of Carnglaze Caverns perfectly complemented the atmosphere that I tried to create in The Solstice Blade, and I hope to return again in the winter for their “Alternative Christmas Present Show.” Which, in early December, is getting perilously close to the winter solstice!

If you are planning a visit to Carnglaze, you can find more information about site and directions on their website here.

The Solstice Blade will be on the road again on Saturday the 8th of July 2017 at the Liskeard Show. I’d love it if you were to pop over and say “hello”.

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