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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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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Discounted Explore & Discover Arts Award Training

The Cornwall Music Education Hub is working with RIO to offer Arts Award training at a discounted rate for schools and organisations in Cornwall.  This one day session will enable individuals to train as Arts Award Advisers in order to offer Discover and Explore awards to their students.

The day will consist of a half day training session followed by a half day planning session supported by the Arts Award trainer who will work with individuals to plan how they can deliver the programme in their settings.

Places on this training are available at the discounted rate of £80 (usually £140).  To  book a place, please contact the Hub office –

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Adverse Camber Shahnameh Stories

This autumn Adverse Camber Productions are touring their production of The Shahnameh: the Epic Book of Kings to The Centre, Newlyn on Friday 21st October 2016, 7.30pm – as part of the Newlyn Arts Festival.

The show, presents a hand-picked selection of stories drawn from Shahnameh which, combined with sublime and rhythmic music, creates an enchanting and powerful performance that dives into the majestic mythology of Persia.  The show features one of the UK’s most vibrant storytellers, Xanthe Gresham Knight and the virtuoso Kurdish Iranian musician, Arash Moradi.

To find out more just click.


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Access Theatre are looking for a new Artistic Director

Access Theatre requires an exceptional, self-employed arts practitioner, highly-motivated to provide artistic leadership for the company as it enters an exciting new phase. The company would welcome applications from a variety of disciplines including theatre, dance, music and film. The role could fit well within a range of other freelance commitments and could be flexible enough to allow for the practitioner to work on other projects. Click here ad-recruitment  for the job description

If you’d like to apply please write telling us why you’d like to work with Access Theatre together with your C.V to Sarah Pym, 4, Higher Stanbear, Henwood, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 5BH or . If you want to discuss the role please email or ring 07807984753



Closing date for applications Friday 28th October 12.00pm

Interviews Monday 5th and/or Monday 12th December 2016 in Launceston

Start date early January 2017

For more information contact Sarah Pym at

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City of Lights 2016 event back in City Centre.

Media Release

13 September 2016

Thanks to emergency financial support from Truro City Council and Totally Truro BID, Truro City of Lights parade will now take place as usual on November 23rd from 7pm using the same route as last year.  There will not be an installation in Victoria Gardens this year.

The decision to move to Victoria Gardens was made for several reasons: to reduce the crowd and potential safety risks and to improve the quality of the experience, to try out something new artistically and to attempt to increase the donations from the public.  This was met with a mixed reaction; some positive and excited by the prospect of something new.  Others sad that things are changing. Others have been beyond negative.

City of Lights is run by a small Community Interest Company, with a group of Trustees who each year give their time and energy to secure funds, create, plan and deliver the event which, in recent years has grown massively in scale. Whilst safety and regulatory demands have increased, budgets haven’t.

City of Lights Artistic Director Tony Crosby, said, “Twenty years ago we set out to create a new and special tradition for Truro.  It seems we have! Each year we create something unique and beautiful from scratch.  And each year more and more people want to come and see it. This is wonderful but it has increased our costs beyond measure and our current business model is no longer sustainable”

This emergency funding has been granted on the understanding that new ways of financing the event are found.  Key to this are businesses in Truro and donations from the general public.

Amanda Harris, City of Lights Trustee said, “Last year with an audience of 30,000 people we collected just £1,500 – this is less than 5p per person and is shameful.  If people love this event, they must contribute to it or it will not continue.  That is the stark reality. The responses to the proposed changes have been mixed – some have been beyond negative – but we have listened and, thanks to the support from Truro City Council and Totally Truro BID, we have been able to secure this much-loved event for this year”

A series of initiatives such as Crowdfunder, sponsorship and collecting on the night will be launched for this year.  Donations can be made on the City of Lights website . If you would like to volunteer to collect money or even to run a coffee morning to raise funds for the event please contact

“This is one of the most popular nights in Truro’s calendar, which brings the community out into town on a dark wintry evening with a sense of awe and pride.  In order for it to be sustained for the next twenty years, it needs the people of Truro and the visitors to better support it through giving more. If we collaborate together we can continue to create and enjoy one of the biggest spectacles outside of the big cities.” Neil Scott, BID Manager.

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