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Cornish Language Film Project Opportunity


Dasserghi Kernewek

Telling the story of the Revival of the Cornish Language

A call for expressions of interest from film makers

As part of the Dasserghi Kernewek project, led by Cornwall Council’s Cornish Language team and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are commissioning a short film to tell the story of the modern revival of the Cornish language.

The focus will be on the colourful figure, Henry Jenner, one of the most prominent figures of the Celtic Revival in the early 20th century.

We are looking for a film maker who can interpret and creatively communicate the story of how Jenner led a movement to re animate the Cornish language and instil in the Cornish people a sense of nationhood and identity that he felt had been lost.

The film can be either documentary or fictionalised drama, and approximately 10 minutes in length.

The film will itself be in the Cornish language.

The resources of the Cornish language team will be available to the commissioned film maker to support this process.

We are offering a fee of £6,000, for this commission.


The Dasserghi Kernewek project is cataloguing the archives relating to the revival of the Cornish language, particularly the letters of Henry Jenner who published the Handbook of the Cornish Language in 1904. Passionate about Cornwall, he was the principal authority on Cornish language and history, the president of societies like the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, the Royal Institution of Cornwall and the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies. He resurrected the Cornish Gorsedh in 1928, was its first Grand Bard, and established ‘Song of the Men of The West’ – ‘Trelawny’ – as Cornwall’s anthem.

The film will bring to life the story of his contribution to Cornwall, the revival of the Cornish language and its impact at the time and now.


The principal purposes are to:

Make the story of the Cornish language revival more vivid and accessible to a greater number of people

Raise awareness of the Cornish language.

Create high quality, innovative Cornish language resources


We also expect the film may explore some wider themes:

A different perspective on what people were thinking and discussing in the early 20th century.

Henry Jenner himself was a colourful man involved in the wider political and cultural issues of the day.

The revival is seen as inward-looking, but from the start it was about communication with other countries, using technology and effective use of PR – something that Cornish people are still good at today.

The Cornish revival is seen as a relative success story outside of the UK, but not seen for the community achievement that it is within the UK.

Endangered languages – what does it take to keep an endangered language, what is it like for speakers, what are the shared experiences with other minority languages?


Longer term we are aiming to:

Develop links between the Cornish language and the film making community in Cornwall to develop more resources in the Cornish language

Establish links with media organisations and festivals to create more opportunities to broadcast films made in Cornwall.



We expect the film to appeal to:

Cornish speakers.

People interested in minority languages.

Those interested in Cornish culture, history and language.

A wider public who are made aware of issues relating to minority cultures and small, regional languages.



The content of the film must be based on characters and stories in the revival. The Cornish Language Office will work closely with the film maker to support the selection of material and advise on the archives.

The film should be of a quality suitable for either broadcast television and/or film festivals. The aim is to enter the film into, at least, the two following festivals:

Celtic Media Festival – 2017 as a working project, 2018 as a finished film.

Babel Film Festival (for minority language films), Sardinia – Dec 2017


The Cornish Language Lead can provide advice on the Cornish language and resources, including contacts for translators and speakers.

There will be support with translation from the Cornish Language office, but non Cornish speakers should allow a small amount in their budgets for a portion of the translation costs.

The film must be delivered to the commissioners ready for screening by November 30th.


Expression of interest – deadline July 12th 2017

We are looking for expressions of interest from experienced documentary film makers – individuals or companies – who can demonstrate that they have the experience to fulfil the brief. Being a Cornish language speaker will be an advantage but not essential. We are looking for a film maker who is inventive and exciting and can bring the subject alive. Support in the language will be available.


There is a set fee for delivery of the product outlined in this brief of £6,000, inclusive of VAT if applicable.

The fee must cover all expenses plus any fees paid to other sub contracted practitioners or performers.


Email submissions only: send to

We require:

a statement outlining why you should be considered for this opportunity. The successful applicant will have a good track record of documentary / drama documentary film making, and a substantial knowledge of Cornwall and the context for this film.

an idea of the stylistic and creative approach you might take to the brief

CVs of individual members of the team

links to any films or websites you’d like us to look at –a maximum of 3 please.


We will send an email confirmation of receipt of your EOI.

We will meet shortlisted candidates during the week beginning July 17th to clarify any outstanding questions, and confirm the selected film maker / team by the end of that week.


For any issues of clarification please contact the FEAST office in writing by email: , or phone 01209312502.

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Culture Camp – Creative Summer

Summer camp for ages 13-18. School of Painting are working in collaboration with Leach Pottery. They are offering a cultural experience every Sunday in August for local young people with a celebration and showcase of their work at the end.

You’ll be making Raku fired pots, which is very exciting! The cost is £25 for the whole experience, which includes a Bronze Arts Award qualification.

Now, that is fantastic!

Here’s the link, School of Painting

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Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

The biggest poetry competition for young writers is  on the hunt for the very best poems by writers aged 11-17. This year’s judges are Kayo Chingonyi and Sinéad Morrissey; Sinéad’s collection On Balance is recently shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection, and Kayo’s first full-length collection, Kumukanda, has just been published by Chatto and Windus.

The top 100 chosen poets (15 top winners and 85 commended), receive a range of fantastic prizes, from mentoring to a place on a life-changing Arvon writing course, from Poetry Society membership to a stack of poetry goodies.

Deadline: Monday 31 July

Find out more and enter the Award

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Dark Skies Bright Stars – Creative Sessions



The Vital Spark is excited to present a series of creative sessions to inspire new artist work and collaborations around the theme of the nights skies of Bodmin Moor past and present.

Sessions are led by Lois Taylor and run 2 – 3.30pm followed by tea/coffee and sharing of ideas for development.

Performance and exhibition opportunities for this project are in the weekend of November 10 – 11th

VENUE: Liskerrett Community Centre, Varley Lane, Liskeard PL14 4AP

COST: £5/£3

CONTACT: Lois Taylor. 07730586306 FB Lois Taylor

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Telltales July 2017: Call for Submissions


Telltales, the Falmouth-based group for writers and listeners, has 3 events coming up in July, and we’re looking for submissions for all of them!

  1. First comes the Penzance Literary Festival. We’ll be at the Admiral Benbow’s (upstairs), Chapel Street, Penzance on Thursday, 6 July, at 7:30.  The theme, for us and for the whole festival,  is Uncharted Waters, as in the unknown, the dangerous, strange and surely exciting!  Please submit your stories, poems, memoirs, scripts by midnight on Thursday, 2 July.
  2. Next comes Telltales’ regular reading on Tuesday, 25 July, 7:30 at Dolly’s Tearoom (upstairs from Falmouth Bookseller).  It’s the same theme, Uncharted Waters, and the same deadline, 2 July.
  3. At the end of the month, we’ll be back, once again, at the Port Eliot Festival, 27-30 July at St. Germans, Cornwall. We don’t yet know the exact date and time on that weekend yet, but we’ll put the news up on our website as soon as we do! If you’d like to be one of our readers—and readers get a ticket for the whole festival! — send us your stories, memoirs, poems, lyrics — along with an indication that it’s for Port Eliot, by midnight Thursday 13 July. Our suggested theme is Detritus—rubbish, waste, junk, debris, things left behind. There may be other mini-opportunities to read poetry at the festival, though, so poets, don’t let the theme be too restrictive!

Please go to our website, to submit your work and learn a little more about us.  Keep the stories for Penzance and Falmouth under 1600 words, and for Port Eliot under 1350. Just two or three poems, please.    

Hope to see you there!

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Minack Theatre, KEAP and young playwrights!

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Fantastic, creative training opportunity for young and emerging playwrights

The Minack Youth Theatre is looking for a selection of short original plays, each with a running time of approximately 15 minutes for summer 2018. The material must be appropriate for performance by a cast of 12-18 year olds. The cast size needs to be flexible and should provide opportunities for between 8 and 12 actors.

As part of this process the Minack is funding a 3 day training programme led by writer and lecturer Jane Pugh to work up a treatment and sections of dialogue to present to the Minack staff on the final day.  These free sessions will offers skills development and the time to write, develop and edit as well the chance for performers to try out the budding scripts with performers.

WhenJuly 24-26 2017 from 10-4pm

Where:  The Writers’ Block, Cornwall College Camborne, TR15 3RT

Who: Young and emerging playwrights up to a maximum of 10 people.

What:  Why we write a story in whatever its form – in this case stage plays – underpins everything writers do. Our first mission, therefore, is to ask ourselves what we want to write about.  Next, we’ll look at narrative structure and how we craft a story for the stage.  Then we’ll explore characters and a sense of place.  Put them altogether and we will have produced something magical for the Minack.

How to apply:  Please send in a piece of your writing (play, screenplay or short story) with a cv and covering letter as to why you would like to do this course.

Send it to by 5pm on Friday 30th June. 

For further information before applying please contact Amanda Harris 07712331421 or email as above.

Jane Pugh has worked as a story writer, editor and educator since 1986. She’s worked in film and television for Channel 4, BBC and the ITV network. Her films have won a total of seven awards and she script edited children’s television, long-running drama series, single dramas and serials. A qualified university lecturer, she teaches script writing and understanding narrative at Falmouth University. Jane works at the National Trust bringing history to life through storytelling. She is an experienced workshop leader and is part of the Story Republic, offering mentoring to young and emerging writers across Cornwall. She has written for the stage and performs her own comedy and storytelling.

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If You Go Down To The Woods Today

Join Yskynna on a spectacular voyage of breath-taking vertical dance and aerial performance through the garden.

Thursday 24th August

Friday 25 August

Saturday 26 August

(2x performances per evening)

Expect a visual feast amongst the towering canopies of champion trees accompanied by the music of Emma Mansfield, Lost in Song and Daylight choirs. If You Go Down to the Woods is promonade piece that revisits archetypal characters from traditional fairy tails exploring their darker side

Described as memorable and modern this is story telling told through music and movement at height!

Under the Direction of Doug Fransisco of Invisible Circus Trebah’s high open spaces and tall trees will be animated, to a blend live music, vocal tones, spoken word and poetry over percussion with a little recorded technology and a fire breathing dragon thrown in for good measure!

A promenade vertical dance performance with fire breathing dragons and flying flamingos!

Thursday 24 August 6.30pm  BOOK NOW

Thursday 24 August 8pm   BOOK NOW

Friday 25 August 6.30pm   BOOK NOW

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Saturday 26 August 6.30pm   BOOK NOW

Saturday 26 August 8pm   BOOK NOW

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Cornwall Music Education Hub

Led by Cornwall Council, the Hub is made up of over 40 partners and supporting organisations all working together to support music education for young people in Cornwall. This website provides an insight into their current activities and how you can get involved.

Cornwall Music Education Hub

As projects develop they have exciting news about the Hub films which are now all available on the Hub’s YouTube channel – .  Discover the wonderful work, activities and creations that are taking place.


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