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Creative Writing for Adults ** UPDATE **

The first series of writing sessions for adults ran with excitement and enthusiasm.

They were lead by Mac Dunlop and Wyl Menmuir and had those interested in developing their writing skills or dipping their toe in wordsmithing waters intrigued, stimulated and working their hands across paper.

This series of sessions was introductory, immersing those who took part in all kinds of activities and imagination laxatives. Their creative juices were energised and words were flowing. The 3 hour sessions were layered with enthusiasm, disappeared quickly and ended with words and thoughts galore!


‘The Writers’ Block is a unique space and a valuable resource. I won’t say any more as no plot spoilers! If you get the chance to attend a workshop here, grab it. You won’t regret it!’


‘This was brilliant… Wyl’s advice and practical tips were invaluable – and I’d definitely recommend this workshop to others. It will kickstart me into actually doing something!!!’


‘Fantastic and inspiring space – a space for creativity.’


More sessions of inspiration are due to take place from September. Show your interest and we will keep you updated. Sign up to the e-newsletter or contact Betty.

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The Writers’ Block makes BBC Cornwall morning news!

A big thank you to BBC Radio Cornwall for their feature on the Writers’ Block the morning of our formal launch party.

Thank you to Dick Straughan who met Amanda Harris at Troon school for the recording. It’s a great piece and thank you to Troon Primary school and their headteacher Julie Lamb for taking part.

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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 out and about all over Cornwall for the festival season. Performances are in place for the upcoming events, Golowan Festival and the Literary Festival, both happening in Penzance.

If you would like to find our more about The Story Republican’s events schedule, check out www.thestoryrepublic.co.uk/events 

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

 

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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.

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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 to midday, £10 per child.

To book contact helen.reynolds@keap.org.uk

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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 james.green@newlynartgallery.co.uk with Finance Manager Application in the subject line.

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