Call for Volunteers with The Writers’ Block

The Writers’ Block is an imaginative and customised space in the heart of Cornwall College in Pool dedicated to creative writing and literature.  Our ambition is to become the Centre for Writing in Cornwall.

We currently run:

  • programmes for reluctant writers with schools
  • special projects for targeted groups of young people and adults
  • an early years’ story sharing Little Story Seekers,
  • holiday workshops, young writers and illustrators groups
  • a Speakeasy for emerging writers
  • a memory café
  • writer events and a mini festival Ideas from the Attic


The ambition and programme is growing …


This is where we need your help. 

We are a small team with big ideas and are looking for a small group of volunteers who have a passion for creative writing and working with young people and the community.

These are the different roles which we envisage will grow as we develop.

  • Supporting writer-led sessions with young people (you would need both teaching and writing experience to do this)
  • Supporting individuals with reading and writing (in the future)
  • Helping at events
  • Advocacy and publicity



At the moment this could be quite sporadic and is more likely to be one-off sessions or maybe over a 5 week period of once a week.  It is unlikely to be on a weekly or monthly basis.

We shall have our first introductory meeting on: Tuesday 18th September from 5-7pm

Our first event with volunteers will a Fun Palace on Saturday 6th October from 10-3pm.

There will be other opportunities if you cannot make these dates.


How do I find out more?

Visit  or


Contact Amanda Harris,  07712331421 if you would be interested in volunteering with us in the future.

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CAST and Groundwork



  • ‘Passage for Par’ by Rosemary Lee. Lee has been commissioned by Groundwork to create a unique performance work with local performers on Par Beach on the 22nd – 24th June at low tide –


  • ‘Bella, Maia and Nick (From nothing to something to something else, part 1)’ is again a newly commissioned art work by Manon de Boer. The artist worked with young musicians, filming them over a number of days at Porthmeor Studio in St Ives to reach a point where they become less aware of the camera’s presence recording their experiments with music as a group. film is showing until 8 July open Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.


  • There will also be a new film installed at CAST in Helston – the Groundwork programme hub – is an accessible and moving work by international artist Francis Alÿs showing young people calling over the ruins of the town of Ani using bird callers to communicate with each other. This film is showing until 8 July and is open Tuesday to Sunday.


For information about Groundwork, and to join the mailing list, visit

Visit the CAST (the Cornubian Arts & Science Trust) website here:

Follow Groundwork on Twitter @groundworkart and on Instagram

Follow CAST on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram @CASTcornwall

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The Story Republic – Summer 2018

A celebration of works by poet Charles Causley, playwright Nick Darke and contemporary writers such as Annamaria Murphy and Simon Parker. This bright-eyed troupe of charming word-sharers bring you Cornwall’s wit, wonder and idiosyncrasy, through short stories, poems and folk song.


Treloan Fireside Sessions – Weds 30 May + 15 Aug

Treloan Campsite,  Portscatho

Fal River Festival – Thurs 31 May, 7 – 9pm

Tresanton Chapel, Chapel Terrace, St Mawes 

The Great Estate Festival – Sat 2 + Sun 3 June

Scorrier House, Scorrier

Mazey Day – Sat 23 June

Golowan Festival, Penzance

Quay Day – Sun 24 June

Golowan Festival, Penzance

The Writers’ Block – Thurs 12 July, 7pm

Cornwall College, Pool

Port Eliot Festival – 26—29 July

Port Eliot Estate, St. Germans


Here’s where you can discover more and book your places for a range of our events: The Story Republic

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North Cornwall Book Festival – Volunteers

The North Cornwall Book Festival opens July 1st and its parent organisation Endelienta are run almost entirely by volunteers. We are looking for new people to join our friendly, welcoming team of organisers. If you would like to help us run our vibrant arts programme and hugely successful book festival, we would love to hear from you. We’ve listed below some of the areas where we need help. To know more, without any obligation, please contact on or talk to any committee member.

NCBF Website management
Populating the website with the new programme and all event and ticketing details.

Social Media (NCBF)
Setting up a facebook event for each book festival session, managing facebook & twitter and running ongoing social media publicity campaigns.

Publicity and marketing (NCBF and/or Endelienta)
Marketing and publicity to local, regional and national publications, radio, online publications, specialist interest groups, peer organisations and mailing lists.

Print production & distribution (NCBF)
Co-ordinating print production – preparing copy, liaising with designers and printers.
Overseeing distribution team for distribution of fliers, posters and brochures across the region.

Box Office (NCBF and/or Endelienta)
Managing / processing online bookings, e mail communications, box office phone bookings & enquiries. Helping operate box office at events.

Administration (NCBF)
Organising / booking authors’ accommodation and travel; invoicing & payment.
Liaising with publishers on publicity material, book cover images, free copies etc.

Volunteer co-ordination (NCBF)
Drawing up volunteer rotas  & liaison with volunteers in lead-up to festival, & overseeing during Festival.

Front of House / Concert co-ordination (Endelienta)
Supporting the FOH manager in all operational aspects of the concert programme

Site Crew (NCBF and/or Endelienta)
Assisting in the setting up and operation of the Festival site (marquees, furniture, signage, banners etc.)
Setting up for / clearing concerts. Car park supervision.

Fundraising (NCBF and/or Endelienta)
Researching and submitting applications to grant-giving trusts and bodies.
Developing sponsorship package and seeking sponsors.

Casual / seasonal (NCBF or Endelienta)
Endelienta Front of house evening staff, box office, stewarding, bar, car park.
NCBF volunteer teams – stewarding, driving, author support, bar, café, car park.

Find out more about us at and or by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

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