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Crime writer praises 'brilliant' Creative Scilly festival

Crime author Kate Rhodes has described the inaugural Creative Scilly Festival as "absolutely brilliant".

Kate, who wrote thrillers Hell Bay and Ruin Beach, was one of a host of artists, musicians and writers on the islands for the 10-day festival, which finishes tonight (Wednesday May 22nd).

She wrote the Murder Mystery play A Scilly Mystery, which was performed by members of St Mary's Theatre Club at the On The Quay restaurant on Saturday (cast pictured below).

Kate told This is Scilly News: "I think it's been absolutely brilliant. The organisation by Jeremy [Brown] and his team has been brilliant.

"What I've loved about it is the range. I'm just one of the people who has contributed to Creative Scilly and I've had the chance to go into the school, take part in a Murder Mystery and to do a reading at the library as well.

"So I think the really lovely thing is that all of us writers and musicians and artists who've been involved have been able to do lots of things for the festival."

Asked if she will return for another Creative Scilly event, she said: "Try keeping me away!"

Hell Bay, Ruin Beach and follow-up Burnt Island have been optioned for TV, with a pilot due to be filmed next year. Burnt Island, which is set on St Agnes, will be released in June.

The final events of Creative Scilly are a play reading by comedian Kernow King with St Mary's Theatre Club (7.30pm at the Golf Club, £10) and folk music with Tom Dale (8pm at the New Inn on Tresco, free).

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