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Charles Causley International Poetry Competition

The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition is to be judged this year by our patron, Sir Andrew Motion.  When asked what he will be looking for in the winning entries he said:

‘I’m looking for poems that surprise me – not by their ostentation, but by making me see, think, remember, recover things I’ve forgotten I already know.’

This years winners will be announced next year, in what would have been Charles’ 100th year, and will be included in the celebrations and publications which will mark this important moment.

The 1st prize winner will receive £2000 and the opportunity to stay at Causley’s former home in Launceston, Cyprus Well, during his centenary year for a week-long stay.

The 2nd prize winner will receive £250 and the 3rd prize winner £100.

Five highly commended poets whose work shows particular promise will be offered a mentoring development opportunity with one of our writer’s in residence during 2017.

Entries will be shortlisted by an expert panel and the final decision will be made by Sir Andrew Motion.

We look forward to receiving your entries.

Download an entry form here.

Download the rules and regulations here.

Closing date for entries: Thursday 1st December 2016

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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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Newlyn Art Week

25 OCT — 29 OCT 2016

Ever wondered what art might have to do with Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics?

Find out in one of our six STEAM-themed activity sessions for children and families, delivered in collaboration with Penlee House Gallery & Museum.

Events at The Exchange take place in The Engine Room, events at Penlee take place in the Coach House

Click here to find out more

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Young Writer’s Residency – Charles Causley Trust

The Charles Causley Trust are excited to announce our next residency opportunity at Cyprus Well to follow in the footsteps of Kathryn Simmonds, Dr Alyson Hallett, Dr Isabel Galleymore, Karen Hayes, and current poet and artist in residence, Charlotte Walker.

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Community Development Worker Vacancy

In partnership, PCDT &Young People Cornwall are delivering an exciting new project across Cornwall to build capacity of communities to deliver services to young people age 11+, and we are now recruiting for the following position:

Community Development Worker based in West Cornwall
37 hrs/week (£22,876) – Fixed Term contract until November 2018.

For an application pack please contact –

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Bernie Wills, Communities Manager 01736 334679

Closing date:  Noon on 18th November.
Interviews: Week commencing 28th November

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Rebellious Sounds – Regimental Museum Bodmin, Tues 8th November 12pm

Dreadnought Sound West Rebellious Sounds project is about exploring one hundred years of women’s activism in the South West.

There is a women’s writing workshop at 12pm to 2pm at the Regimental Museum, Bodmin on Tuesday 8th November. Dreadnought are on the look out for new stories about women’s activisim. Click here for more information about the event.

We will be presenting a range of voices in response to the notion of what a rebellious sound is, with a series of podcasts by artists and activists.

Dreadnought is on the look out for stories and voices we haven’t heard before.

We would love to hear your stories about women and activism from across the South West region.



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TJ International Youth Author Competition 2017

The Cornwall Young Author Competition 2017

It’s time to sharpen your pencils and delve into your imaginations because Cornwall Young Author 2017 has arrived.

Cornwall Young Author 2017

Does your school have the next writing superstar? We’re on a mission to nurture the excellent literary talent in the county and are on the lookout again for the best young author in Cornwall. The top thirty longlist gets published in an anthology.

The competition will run as before with two different age categories: 7-10 year olds and 11-13 year olds. One overall winner for both groups.

Local children’s author Liz Kessler will choose the top winners and the overall ‘Gold’ winners will have their piece performed by The Story Republic.

We’re thoroughly looking forward to reading more magnificent tales from students across the breadth of Cornwall. So, let your ideas run wild!

For submission details, information on how to enter and full terms and conditions, click here.Good luck!

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