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The Writers’ Block – Autumn

With the minds of many to be stimulated, intrigued, inspired and guided we have an expansive range of workshops and events taking place from September on. Adventures for the youth, exploration for the home educated, Manga and graphics for the storyteller, creative writing for every age going, and more again. Here it all is!


Writers Block autumn 2017

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Walk with Me and Kneehigh

kneehight are delighted to tell you their new, free app, Walk with Me, is now live. Featuring stories collected across Cornwall, it’s a lovely way to explore the sights and sounds of this amazing county in a unique way. They hope you love it as much as they do!

They’re keen to share this with as many people as possible – local people and visitors alike – and hope you can help spread the word. In addition to the app, some of the stories have been brought to life in short animations by local artists and they’ve just released the first of these on their website. Feel free to share, or host on your website too. Keep an eye on our Instagram (WeAreKneehigh) as we release new images inspired by the stories every day this week.

Resized Young People using Kneehigh's new Walk with Me app in Newquay - C. Steve Tanner

Photo by Steve Tanner

If you’d like to test the app but aren’t feeling particularly active, you can listen to the stories in armchair mode.

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The Gorsedh Kernow Awards & Competitions 2017

The Gorsedh Kernow Awards and Competitions 2017 scheme enables Gorsedh Kernow to recognise and celebrate a wide range of Cornish cultural activity alongside the more traditional arts and literary entries and allows for entries to be submitted through new media technologies.

Awards for young people were open to all schools, young people’s and children’s organisations and individuals under the age of 18 and were considered in one of three age groups – under 7 years of age, 8 to 11 and 12 to 17.

Displays and video presentations from several of the Awards winners will be available for viewing from 2pm onwards on Thursday 31st August in Launceston Town Hall Otho Peter Room. Entry is free.

The Awards Presentation evening, part of the Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture, will take place at 7pm on Thursday 31st August at Launceston Town Hall and will be hosted by bard Edward Rowe, Mab Tregarrek.  Entry is free and all are welcome to attend.

For further information about and a full programme for the Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture please visit our website Gorsedh Kernow.


Young People’s Awards

  1. Yeth Kernewek

First:  Amelia Dale, age 7, Cusgarne School, Truro – ‘Why I love Cornwall’.

Second:  Lauren Luscombe, age 8, Cusgarne  School – ‘Spladn che Steren’.

Third:  Spencer Judd, age 7, Cusgarne School – ‘My Family’.


Special category – Poetry/ Verse/Creative Writing

Ages 5 – 7

Freddie Judd, age 5, Cusgarne School – ‘My Dad was a Cornish Fisherman’.


Ages: 11-12

Evie Luckhurst, age 12, St Ives School – Poem ‘Marhas-Vian’.


Ages 13-14

First:  Aiden Drew, age 14 Poltair School, St Austell – ‘Wheal Martyn’.

Second:  Aaliyah E Ro-Pi, age 14, Poltair School – ‘The Lapse of Time’.


  1. Ilow Kernewek

First:  St Maddern’s School, Madron, Penzance – ‘Teyr Gwydhenn Arbennik’ .

Second:  Truro Preparatory School – ‘Kana Dhymm’.


  1. Studhyans Kernewek

To be announced


  1. Art & Design

Special Award for Poltair School for ‘Paper Porcelain Pieces’ relating to study of ceramics at Wheal Martyn, jointly won by: Kenneth Bicoy, Lydia Ellis, Bethany Burt, Emily Evely, Jessica Frost, Emily Head, Aiden Kitts, Aaliyah Robinson-Rickford, Kelsey Vanderplank.


Age 4 and under

Sophie Duloy, age 4, Cusgarne School – ‘Man Engine’.


Ages 5-7

First:  Isabelle Waters, age 6, Cusgarne School – ‘Pocketbook of Folklore Legends’.

Second:  Harrison Childs, age 7, Cusgarne School – ‘Wheal Prosper’.


Ages 8 – 11

First:  Ruan Michael Crooks, age 10, Cusgarne  School – ‘Tin Mine’.

Second:  Imogen Barnard, age 9, Cusgarne School – ‘St Michael’s Mount’.

Third:  Rebecca Chellamuthu, age 10, Cusgarne School – ‘Mysterious Sea’.



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Culture Camp Summer 2017

For ages 13-18, the School of Painting will be working in collaboration with Leach Pottery. They’re offering a cultural experience every Sunday in August for local young people with a celebration and showcase of their work at the end. Creations will include Raku fired pots which is very exciting! The cost is £25 for the whole experience, which includes a Bronze Arts Award qualification.

More details can be discovered through the School of Painting

Culture Camp Poster SSP


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‘Home’ Art Exhibition & Auction by local schools for Global Action Nepal

‘Picture a place called home’. Local schools Boskenwyn & Germoe and Global Action Nepal are excited to announce the exhibition and auction of artwork by children from Cornwall and Kathmandu, alongside work generously donated by local artists. Proceeds go to projects in Nepal and Penzance. The event happens this weekend!

Find out more here and below.

The exhibition and auction are part of an ongoing project in Boskenwyn & Germoe schools ‘picture a place called home’. This project has emerged from the Cornwall schools’ partnership with Jana Udaya School in Kathmandu, through the charity Global Action Nepal. GAN’s EASEL Programme supports schools in the UK to develop strong and meaningful links with schools in Nepal that were affected by the 2015 earthquakes, to engage in cultural exchange and shared learning experiences with their partner school, and to fundraise to assist with their partner school’s reconstruction and recovery.

Children at all three schools have created artwork on the theme of ‘home’ which will be exhibited on Fri 21st and Sat 22nd July at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives alongside artwork which has been generously donated by local artists including Sam Basset, Catherine Hyde, Carla Regler, Ali Corder, David Stamp, Kieran Rule and Jessica Harbutt. The artwork will be auctioned on Sat 22nd July by David Lay FRICS at 6pm. Tickets for the auction are £5 and can be purchased from Porthmeor Studios and from Cornish Riviera Box Office. The auction catalogue can be viewed here, where advance bids can also be taken from people unable to attend on the night.

Proceeds from the event will go to Global Action Nepal’s projects in schools that were affected by the 2015 earthquakes (including Jana Udaya School).  A contribution from proceeds will also be made to Growing Links ‘Street Food’ project, which feeds the homeless, rough sleepers and vulnerably housed in Penzance.


Further information

Links for the Cornwall schools involved:

Link to Global Action Nepal and their school linking programme


For information on Growing Links ‘Street Food’ project please see ( or call Lynne Dyer on 07979 120909

Link to Porthmeor Studios:

Link to David Lay FRICS:

Link to Cornish Riviera Box Office:


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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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