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KEAP is now a strategic partner with Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council has awarded a series of grants to support cultural organisations and venues across Cornwall.

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Festival Fun!

Our fabulous Story Republicans are gearing up for festival season. Our first gig is St Austell’s Festival of Fun on the 15th April. The Story Republicans will be performing at the Market House, The White Hart, White River Place and Moustache Jacks. A big thank you to Sheila Vanloo for booking the team, we are really looking forward to being part of the event.

On April 22nd we will be part of the afternoon programme at the Porthleven Food and Music Festival and performing between 12.30 and 4pm around the harbour.

If you would like to find our more about The Story Republican’s events schedule, check out 

If you would like to book the team have a look at our Story Republic Promotional Flyer 2017


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Story Adventures – fully booked but more dates available

Drawing upon and inspired by our work with Discover, The Children’s Story Centre in London, we’ve created an extra-special storytelling and story building session for 5 to 7 year-old children.  The first session sold out almost over night so our next Story Adventure will take place on Wednesday 31st May, 10am to midday. To book email

On a Story Adventure, children are invited to take a magical journey into The Writers’ Block with Connie Crosby and Jo Lumber from The Story Republic. Once inside, children will be invited to explore a magical world of stories and characters.

Jo and Connie will be reading and sharing popular children’s stories and there will be opportunities for children to create, write and tell their own, play creatively in the space and take part in singing and craft activities.




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Creative Writing for Adults – Series 1

After the success of our residency at  Trelissick House last year and the popularity of our writers events promoting our publication A Space To Write, we’ve decided to create some writing opportunities for adults.

Lead by Mac Dunlop, Wyl Menmuir and Jane Pugh, those interested in developing their writing skills or dipping their toe in wordsmithing waters are welcome to come.

The first series of sessions will be introductory immersing those who take part in all kinds of activities and imagination laxatives that get creative juices and words flowing.  The sessions will last for 3 hours and include refreshments.

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Word is The Writers’ Block works

Over 80 children from local primary, secondary and home-education groups have been the first to explore the inspiring world of The Writers’ Block.

The first cohort taking part in the five-week writing course has included pupils from Brannel, Grade Ruan, Penponds, St Martin’s-in-Meneage and Troon. It’s been wonderful to watch these young writers find their feet and valuable, at this early stage, to have a mixture of children. We have a group that’s been very focused on boys writing and we’re working with Keskowethyans MAT, who have brought several children from a number of schools.

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The Writer’s Block is essentially an inspirational writing space made up of different rooms, installations and immersive experiences created from all arts disciplines, including music and sound. All of the artworks, sculptures and sound installations have been designed specifically to inspire writing and cultivate writing confidence.

Professional writers and educationalists Becca Gregson, Rob Lane, Joe Lewis, Annamaria Murphy and Wyl Menmuir have been leading our first series of courses,  gently coaxing and encouraging participants to see themselves as young writers from the outset.

From the moment they set foot in the building they were called writers, that is how they are regarded, that is how they are spoken to and that is how they now see themselves” comments Ellie Watkins from St Martin’s-in-Meneage.

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As part of our on going talent development programme, funded by ACE, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Ernest Cook and Garfield Weston,  KEAP have recruited performers, creative directors and emerging workshop leaders to join The Writer’s Block team as trainees. Observing and teaching alongside the course leaders is providing valuable training opportunities and professional development to a number of our Story Republicans, emerging Cornish writers, workshop leaders and creatives
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Feedback from the first writing course has been extremely positive with teachers and support staff commenting that the CPD has been the best training they’ve had since leaving college or graduating as teachers. For some, the children’s development and growth in writing confidence has been powerfully overwhelming.

Have a listen…

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Places are still available for next term and we can offer half or whole day workshops and immersion sessions if that better suits your school or group.  If you would like to find out more about the course, workshops and other sessions we offer contact:

Amanda Harris         07712 331421  (Monday to Thursday)

Helen Reynolds         07771 981094  (Mon, Weds, Fri)

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Home-Education Sessions a huge success!

On Monday 20th March, Story Republican Jo Lumber ran a taster day  for home-educators who travelled from all over Cornwall to enjoy this fully subscribed session.

With a group of all ages, children imagined and explored the worlds hidden inside The Cabinet of Curiosities and we had poems, lists and stories about explorers, dreams, far-off planets and all manner of journeys from one world to another.


With so much great feedback and participation and parents very much enjoying being part of the learning process (and getting lots of ideas to take home), we’ve just set the next three dates.

Monday 22nd May – developing a character
Monday 19th June – writing with music
Monday 17th July – writing about place

The sessions run from 10am t0 midday, £10 per child.

To book contact

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Manga Mania – just a few spaces left

Join Keith Sparrow for two days of action-packed Manga illustrations.

The sessions will be held at The Writers’ Block, Merlin Building, Cornwall College, Trevenson Road, Camborne, TR15 3RD Click here for Directions to The Writers’ Block

Wednesday 5th April and Wednesday 12th April 2017
Both sessions are 10am to 1pm
The illustration workshops are suitable for age 8 years and upwards
£10 per children pay by cash or cheque on the day
To book contact
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Free Circus Clubs with SWAMP Circus

For the past 12 months Swamp Circus have been running after-school circus clubs in and around Cornwall and as part of our anniversary celebrations and relocation of our Truro club to our fab new venue in Boscawen Street we would like to invite children and parents to attend a free session at any of our Circus Clubs until January 2017

The clubs promotes a non-competitive, friendly environment in which to encourage confidence building and physical fitness. All our clubs run with funding from Children in Need and are designed to interact and engage with children of all abilities especially those with additional educational needs. Students are welcome to try out any of the sessions in November for free we just ask that parents reference the ’anniversary’ offer to the tutor when attending.

One of the main objectives of our charity is to provide and facilitate affordable activities to promote health, well-being and activity within the local community. As part of our Circus School we run after-school clubs to children, families and adults of all ages who want to try something a bit different. The clubs run across the county  and cover all aspects of circus, from juggling and acrobatics, to balance and aerial sessions.

Each class is subsided by our charity and costs only £3 (10 sessions for £25), they operates as a drop in sessions so there is no need to book in advance. Classes run through terms times and are taught by our professional performance staff who are qualified to teach circus skills and hold enhanced DBS certificates. For those that are keen to progress we also offer the opportunity to gain a Discover Arts Award.

Click here for times and locations

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Newlyn Art Gallery are recruiting for a finance manager

Vacancy for Senior Finance Manager

Hours: 15 hours per week, (preferably worked as 4 x half-days)

Salary: £33,073 – £38,341 pro rata (band 9)

Deadline for applications: 9am, 5th December 2016

This challenging and varied part-time role will see the successful candidate working as part of a highly motivated team.  The role offers the right candidate the opportunity to take a lead in the further development of one of the South West’s leading arts venues.

You will be responsible for assisting the Board and Director in ensuring the sound financial management of the charity and will have line management responsibility for a part-time Office Administrator.

Job outline  Employee Spec and Application Form can all be viewed and downloaded from our website

Email your completed application form, along with a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role, to with Finance Manager Application in the subject line.

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KEAP is looking for a new Chair for its Board

Kernow Education Arts Partnership (KEAP) is seeking a new Chair for its Board

Following the retirement of our longstanding Chair we are actively seeking a replacement.

KEAP is a small but dynamic arts in education charity which has a growing reputation in the field of literature and creative writing through the arts, working across Cornwall in schools, community, festivals and cultural venues.  This all comes under the umbrella of The Story Republic where we have built a focus on developing talent and transforming spaces.

We have been through a time of organisational change and are now looking to consolidate and build on the successes of the last few years.

KEAP is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status.  We have a lively and highly skilled board drawn from the arts and education sectors which meets about 3 times a year.

Person Specification


Good chairing skills to prepare and run meetings

A strategic thinker

Passionate about the arts

Knowledge of cultural sector in Cornwall



Good working knowledge about current practice in schools and education

Good contacts and connectivity connectedness? in literature and arts world

Able to attend meetings during the working day

Understanding the business of running a social enterprise?


For further information contact Amanda Harris, Director or call 07712331421

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