KEAP is an arts education charity focussing on creative writing and literature through the arts. 

We believe in the power of the written and spoken word to transform lives. It is everyone’s right to express themselves through creativity, curiosity and imagination.

A registered charity, KEAP was founded in 2001 as an arts education agency, championing best practice and supporting schools and artists in creating an arts rich, creative curriculum. Fast forward to 2014, and after the funding landscape changed significantly, we took the brave step to move from being a service organisation to being a producer. Using our skills, experiences and literature specialism we have created unique programmes and projects which focus on building experiences, confidence, skills and enjoyment in writing and story.

We deliver the majority of our work through The Writers’ Block, an immersive creative writing space where we champion the writer in everyone. The Writers’ Block opened in its new home in The Ladder (former Passmore Edwards free library building) on Clinton Road on 28 January 2023.

KEAP is a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 4253902 with charitable status. Registered Charity No. 1095166

The Team:


Helen Reynolds – Development Director

Dr Jen McDerra – Creative Director

Grace Davies – Venue & Marketing Co-ordinator

Connie Crosby – Artistic Director of The Story Republic (freelance)


Sir Tim Rice

Deborah Hinton OBE

The Board:

Cat Gibbard (Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange) – Chair

Ian Abrahams (Hall for Cornwall) – Treasurer

Ross Williams (Redruth Revival)

Lindsey Hall (Real Ideas Organisation)

Rob Lane (English Specialist)

David Barton (Cornwall Association of Secondary Headteachers)

Graeme Plunkett (Cornwall Council, Education)

Casey Bottono (Writer & workshop leader)