Solstice Shorts – DUSK

One of 12 events happening as part of the Solstice Shorts Festival 2017, DUSK a Wave of Words Across the UK… as Dusk falls on the shortest day of the year, The Winter Solstice.

Stories, Poems and Songs on the theme of Dusk, a short, sweet celebration leading to a murmuration of voices all speaking at once in 12 different places as darkness travels from North East to South West. This event will be broadcast live between 17:16-17:57. Please be prompt arriving! BSL INTERPRETED

Supported using public funds by Arts Council England, Feast, and Cornwall Council

Leave work early and induge your senses!

Refreshments available.

Book your tickets online with CRBO

More info about the project itself is at


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Cornwall Music Education Hub

Led by Cornwall Council, the Hub is made up of over 40 partners and supporting organisations all working together to support music education for young people in Cornwall. This website provides an insight into their current activities and how you can get involved.

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As projects develop they have exciting news about the Hub films which are now all available on the Hub’s YouTube channel – .  Discover the wonderful work, activities and creations that are taking place.


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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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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 to midday, £10 per child.

To book contact

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Redrow Homes sponsors community Bear Hunt

We are really delighted to announce that on Friday 22nd July Redrow Homes is sponsoring a free community afternoon for local people living in the TR14 and TR15 postcode areas. To download the flyer click here.

Sessions will run at 12.30, 1.45pm, 3pm and 4.15pm. As well as taking part in the Bear Hunt adventure, there will be lots of games to play and arts and crafts activities.

To book click here and there is a £1 booking fee per transaction.

See you there!


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Truro College Amnesty International Group hold Speakeasy to raise money for Amnesty International

In March Truro College Amnesty International Group joined forces with KEAP’s ‘Story Republic’ to create a young writers and musicians event.

The ‘Speakeasy’, which took place in Waterstones Truro, showcased the work of talented young artists, and raised over £70 for Amnesty through ticket sales and a raffle. The atmospheric setting of the bookshop at night created a cosy, relaxed and intimate mood. There was a wide variety of performances, from poetry to non-fiction, from solo musicians to the Care Free Choir, and even a philosophical speech.

All were inspired by the theme of ‘journeys’, but each piece stood alone as unique and thought-provoking. Many of the participants had never performed their work before, making this an impressive act of courage as well as talent. It was also an excellent opportunity for young members of the Amnesty Group to organise, run and market their own event, with the benefit of KEAP’s experience and support.

We were very grateful to receive a brilliant array of raffle prizes, including work by local artists and filmmakers, and signed Young Adult books from award-winning authors. As well as money, the event raised awareness for Amnesty’s work. This was one of many events put on as part of Truro Festival, and we were honoured to be a part of it.

For more information about Amnesty International visit

Find us on Facebook at Truro College Amnesty International

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Esmee Fairbairn Foundation continues support of The Story Republic

We are delighted to announce that following their support for the first year of The Story Republic, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation have agreed to provide funding totalling £90,000 over a further 3 years!

The Foundation sits alongside Arts Council England, Falmouth University and Cornwall Council in supporting The Story Republic and we are very grateful that these funders have the vision to invest in such a new and exciting programme.

These next three years see us developing work around Writer Spaces working with photographer Steve Tanner to create an exhibition and publication looking at writers in their spaces. So far, Patrick Gale, Jill Murphy, Anna Murphy, Pauline Sheppard and Bill Scott feature and we hope to be working with John Le Carre soon!

One of last year’s great successes was our team of Story Republicans, they cut quite a dash at festivals and events across Cornwall. This year we have expanded the team, and working with Creative Skills, have 14 Story Republicans on an emerging performers training programme. See here to catch them out and about!

Other ventures over the next three years are centred around raising a national profile so  include developing our digital strategy so you can be part of The Story Republic wherever you are, creating a touring show for 2016, and sharing work and installations with other story organisations such as the Discover Centre in London.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all our partners, artists, writers, funders, schools and of course our audience, for your support so far!

Visit The Story Republic website to find out more about our programme.

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Update on Enhanced Disclosure DBS check requirements for artists

Updated June 2017.

In September 2012 the government issued a new definition of what is deemed ‘regulated activity with children’. Most school or educational settings will require anyone who undertakes regulated activity with children to have an Enhanced Disclosure with barred list check (formerly CRB checks, now DBS checks).

The new definition of regulated activity relating to children relates both to what activity you are doing and also how often you are doing it:

(i) Unsupervised activities: teach, train, instruct, care for or supervise children, or provide advice/guidance on well-being, or drive a vehicle only for children;

(ii) Work for a limited range of establishments (‘specified places’), with opportunity for contact: for example, schools, children’s homes, childcare premises. Not work by supervised volunteers

Work defined above is only regulated activity if done regularly i.e. carried out by the same person frequently (once a week or more often), or on 4 or more days within a 30-day period, or overnight.

There are three types of check which are undertaken by the DBS:

Standard checks: These are suitable for eligible roles that do not involve regular contact with children or vulnerable groups such as finance or security.

Enhanced checks: These are suitable for eligible roles where the applicant will be working/volunteering with children, young people and/or vulnerable groups.

Enhanced with DBS Barred List checks: These are suitable for roles where the applicant will be working/volunteering in a regulated activity (see paragraph above) with children and / or vulnerable adults.

Practical application of the above: 

If your work with children is paidfrequent and supervised, then you are likely to need an Enhanced Disclosure, but without the barred list check.

If your work with children is frequent and unsupervised then you will need an Enhanced Disclosure with a barred list check.

There is a very useful tool on the DBS site which allows you to see if the role you are undertaking requires a DBS check, and at what level

Note that ‘supervision’ does not necessarily mean a member of school staff will be with you at all times. Supervision must be: regular, day to day, reasonable in all the circumstances for the purpose of protecting the children concerned and carried out by someone who is engaging in regulated activity relating to children.

It is important to note that because schools are listed as ‘specified places’ under regulated activity, they are allowed to request an Enhanced Disclosure without barred list check for anyone who is working in their establishment even if not undertaking regulated activity. It is our experience that most schools do request this.

Useful links and documents:

Keeping Children Safe in Education July 15 – paragraphs 50-55 Safer Recruitment, p30 flowchart on who requires a DBS check and the type, paragraphs 83-89 for volunteers, paragraphs 91-94 for contractors (e.g. artists)

A useful leaflet created for the Disclosure and Barring roadshow is available here DBS Roadshow 2012 leaflet

A DBS elegibility handiguide created by SAFE to help you decide if a role requires a DBS check.

If after reading the above information, you do require a DBS check, KEAP may be able process one for you if you are an artist living and working in Cornwall, the cost is £56. However, it is preferable that the school or organisation requesting that you obtain a DBS check process it for you.

If you require further information please contact Helen Reynolds on


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