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Cornwall Secondary Drama Conference – 8 July 2016

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Grants for writers and researchers – The Q Fund

The Sir Arthur Quiller Couch Memorial Fund was set up as a charitable trust in 1945. (Charity No. 306599).

Grants of between £50 to £500 are awarded for local research work in literary or allied subjects. Grants may be used to support travelling, obtaining transcripts or other expenses in conducting research, or to contribute to production costs, including editing, design and printing. The Committee is keen to promote diversity, excellence and creativity in Cornish literature and humanities.

Cornwall Council is the Trustee and holds the Trust Fund on behalf of a small Committee which is the award-making body.

The Q Fund Events 2016

Why not support the Q Fund by enjoying one of our events this year?  A Space to Write is a wonderfully illustrated book created by Amanda Harris and Steve Tanner featuring some of Cornwall’s best-loved writers and the spaces where they create their work.  Hear more about the project from the writers’ themselves at:

The Fowey Festival of Words and Music on Monday 9 May
The Charles Causley Festival on Friday 3 June

Tickets are available from the festivals and a share of the proceeds from both of these events will be donated to the Q Fund. Many thanks to all those involved whose generous support has made this possible.

How to apply for a Q Fund Grant

You can apply to the fund at any time. The Committee meets in December and May each year and your application will be submitted to the next available meeting. Your application needs to contain the following three items:

Your contact details
A full written submission
An extract or summary of work already undertaken

Your contact details – please remember to include:

Title, Forename(s), Surname
Post Code
E-mail Address
Telephone Number

Full Written Submission – please include the following:

Topic of your study/research and, if decided, its title.
Research plan: what sources have you used, and what are you expecting to use? Give an indication of the work you have completed and what still remains to be done.
Any contacts you have made with others who are undertaking or have undertaken similar areas of research.
Anticipated completion date, and outcome (e.g. article or book for publication).
Estimated costs of your research/study (e.g. travelling, photocopying etc.).
The amount you are applying for
Whether you have applied for/received other grants (this will not necessarily influence the Trustees’ decision).
Are you a student and, if so, full or part time?
Whether you have previously applied for a ‘Q’ Fund Grant.
Where you found out about the ‘Q’ Fund. An extract or summary of work already undertaken

Extract or Summary

Please include a brief extract of your work and/or include a summary of the progress that you have made with your project to date.

Please send your application to:

The Secretary,
The Q Fund,
Cornwall Council,
5th Floor, Zone A,
Pydar House,
Truro, Cornwall TR1 1XU

Or email: (please put ‘Q’ in the subject line)

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Discover Story Trail

Discover is excited to announce the launching of our crowdfunding campaign to raise final funds to redevelop our Story Trail.  During our closure we’ll be expanding Hootah’s world, building tunnels, rivers and treehouses.  We need your help to raise funds to put the finishing touches to the Trail.  If you would like to pledge, we have some fantastic rewards to say thank you including Annual Passes, exclusive invitations and signed illustrations.  Please help us by pledging and sharing if you can:

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Indie Author Day SW – Padstow – 20 July

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 from 10:00 to 16:30

TJ INK, part of TJ International, quality book manufacturers, in Padstow is hosting an Indie Author Day SW.

Budding writers will be able to experience a full day of learning about independent publishing from start to finish. From the basics of the process, to hearing from industry experts, the TJ INK Indie Author Day SW will make building a legitimate author career achievable. The day will include sessions on:

main things to consider – audience pool
what IS self-publishing – the process
the ins and out of copy-editing
make it stand out – designing your book
the production process (inlcuding a tour of the factory to see the process live)
marketing your title online & offline
distribution basics

There is limited space so make sure you book your place early.

Refreshments provided.

For more information and to book go to:

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Do you know a talented young folk musician?

The English Folk Dance and Song Society are recruiting 14-18 year old musicians of any instrument at a free Sampler Day in Exeter on 2 June and want to fill every space with keen young musicians!
The first stage of the audition process will be a series of nine Sampler Days taking place at key arts venues and conservatoires in every region of England. Each Sampler Day will be a fun and inspiring introduction to the Ensemble led by Sam Sweeney, Artistic Director 2016-17, and professional folk musicians Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter.
To register for a Sampler Day, musicians have to be aged between 14 and 18 on 1 September 2016, live in England, be able to play confidently on any instrument and have an interest in folk music.

Places on the Sampler Days are free but limited and booking is essential.
For more information go to:

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Opportunity to tender for the Christmas Show at The Acorn

The Acorn Penzance would like to put out to tender the option of producing a Christmas show, leading up to, and possibly dates after, the Christmas period 2016. The production does not have to be a traditional Christmas show, in fact a winter celebration or a Pagan celebration would be just as relevant. We are looking for a 3 week run with a possible collaboration with one other venue; maximum seating capacity would be 150 – 170 depending on the size of the set (including balcony). Price structure approximately £10 (adult) / £5 (child). Probable financial terms would be a 70/30 split in favour of the company.

The venue is an old church and has 2 separate event areas, the lower area seats 60 / 85 standing. It might be possible to convert the premises in to a grotto / cave with immersive capabilities. We will however be wanting to keep the option of playing over the set / decoration if another show is booked in. Further details can be obtained from / 01736 363545.

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2016 Throwing Courses and Taster Sessions from Leach Pottery St Ives

Whether you are a student potter, a keen amateur, an improver or a complete beginner, a throwing course at the historic Leach Pottery is a unique experience.

We offer a 3 or 5 day practice-based throwing course aimed at beginners who would like to learn basic throwing skills and for those who have some experience of throwing, and would like to further develop their skills. Courses still available as follows:

9th – 13th (5 days)
16th – 18th (3 days)
30th – 1st June (3 days)

6th – 10th (5 days)
13th – 15th (3 days)
20th – 22nd (3 days)

4th – 8th (5 days)
11th – 13th (3 days)
25th – 27th (3 days)

8th – 12th (5 days)
15th – 17th (3 days)
22nd – 24th (3 days)

Duration – 3 or 5 days (10am – 4pm daily). Designed to improve your throwing skills, techniques and experience. One-to-one tuition sessions on a daily basis. Clay supplied. Participants can choose one piece that will be fired here (postage charge will apply). Basic tools available if required.
Cost: £300 (3 days) and £450 (5 days).

Half-day introductory taster courses throwing on the potter’s wheel in the Clore Learning Studio. These courses offer an introduction to throwing for beginners and includes one-to-one tuition with one of our professional potters. Courses still available as follows:

Wednesday 16th March
Monday 23rd May
Monday 18th July
Monday 5th September
Monday 7th November

Each session limited to 2 places maximum. Half day 10am – 12noon. Firing is not included but you are welcome to take your pots and have them fired elsewhere.

Cost: £50 including tuition, materials, aprons and tools.

For further details email

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Build a big dinosaur workshop offer to schools

We are a well established children’s workshop company. We run arts and crafts   workshops and projects for children and families in a wide variety of venues.

Alongside our popular make and take workshops we also run projects making big recycled sculptures with children and families.

For 2016 we are offering BUILD A BIG  DINOSAUR, DRAGON, UNICORN or a large figure/animal of your choice Workshop.

We pre-build the sculpture structure and then children can flesh it out and decorate with paper, textiles and lots of interesting materials to create a spectacular large piece which can be displayed on site for all to admire.

Our ‘BUILD A BIG….’ workshops can run as:

Family drop-ins
Whole day workshops
2-4 sessions in a day

They can include a make and take activity as well, like Make a mini dinosaur, dragon etc so that children have something to take home.

Recent  BIG BUILD projects have included:

·   Workshops with primary schools in Exeter to create an exhibition of sculptures,  to tie in with their production of Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine at The Northcott Theatre, Exeter.
·   Giant Lighthouse Keeper  and Dragon Sculptures at The Maritime Museum Falmouth
·  Buzz Lightyear and Paddington Sculptures for Poole Libraries
·  Animated Lighthouse Keepers Cottage, Giant mobile Arm Chair, Mini Spitfire Aircraft for touring Theatre Shows
·  Big recycled Queens Beasts and Birds and Butterflies at Blenheim Palace
·  Big Easter Chickens at Gallions Reach Shopping Centre, East London
·  Huge King Alfred Statue at Winchester  Discovery Centre

We also offer MAKE AND TAKE, ANIMATION, MURAL and WALLHANGING WORKSHOPS and will happily a devise a workshop to suit your event/exhibition programme.

If you would like more information about our workshops then please get in touch or visit our website:

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Want to help shape the future of Scary Little Girls?

The future of the arts depends on YOU!

Scary Little Girls is about to embark on its most challenging and potentially exciting time of its 13 year history. We are looking for up to three new Trustees who can bring extra skills, passion, commitment and dynamism to our vibrant and hard working feminist production hub…

As many of you already know, SLG is run by Artistic Directors Rebecca Mordan and Sharon Andrew, whose commitment and passion for theatrical and artistic storytelling is borne out by the variety of scary little work we have created and the support we have from our scary little artists and audiences.

We are now looking for new trustees with the skills and experience to support our development and share our values, complementing our existing Board – in particular the key areas of finance and fundraising.  If you’re interested in applying or finding out more check out our full recruitment pack here:

This is an exciting time for us and we can’t wait to hear from you!

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