Welcome to KEAP

Kernow Education Arts Partnership is a strategic arts, community & education charity focussing on creative writing and literature through the arts.

KEAP is a key part of the strategic cultural landscape in Cornwall, with a long history of working in partnership with cultural organisations, schools and communities. Using our skills, experiences and literature specialism we create unique programmes and projects which focus on building experiences, confidence, skills and enjoyment in writing, story and voice.

We have a real passion for literature and our work is particularly focused on two programmes:

The Writers’ Block – The Writing Centre for Cornwall. An inspirational and ingenious creative writing centre in Redruth, delivering literacy programmes for schools, events and workshops for families and the community, outreach projects, and development for emerging writers. Fostering a love of writing in everyone.

The Story Republic – a performer development programme and performance troupe bringing literature by stealth to festivals, events, schools and communities. Working with emerging performers, it develops skills in voice, interaction, and working with varied audiences and spaces. It plays a key part in enabling new writing to be heard and shared.

Feedback from KEAP’s projects:

‘It’s meant so much to me getting to hear about the children’s lives and telling them about my life when I was a little’len’ Community participant

‘I got the space to just focus and write. To be challenged and taught and encouraged by the most welcoming specialist.’ Emerging writer

‘I enjoyed being able to write whatever I like. I will use the automatic writing to build on ideas now.’ Primary school pupil

‘Immediately when we got back to school, their attitude towards writing was different. We didn’t have children who were slumped over the page, we had children who were excited.’ Primary school teacher