Fuelling the Flame, Writing Residency

Two more residency opportunities at Cyprus Well, Launceston, Cornwall (the poet’s former home owned by the Trust).

These residencies will follow in the footsteps of such writers/poets as Alyson Hallett, Isobel Galleymore, Karen Hayes and, most recently, Cahal Dallat who was resident in 2017.

The two residencies, each of 3 months duration, are for writers interested in literary links to Charles Causley and Cornwall, as part of our larger, two year, project called “Fuelling the Flame”. This project is grant aided by Arts Council England with significant support from Cornwall Council, Launceston Town Council and Plymouth University. Literature Works (SW) are also a major supporter and will have special involvement in the residencies part of the project.

“Fuelling the Flame” runs for two years from February 2018 and, in addition to residencies, will support a wide range of events and activities to promote Causley’s legacy and engage with the local and wider community. The Trust is about to appoint a new Programme Director (and Assistant) and he/she will be the “line-manager” for the writers in residence. There will be four residencies over the two year project and this advert seeks to appoint the first two in 2018.

The residents will run and participate in a series of workshops and events coordinated by the Trust, whilst retaining most of their time free for their creative work. Some engagement with schools, colleges and universities can be expected. There is scope to accommodate the partners of residents at Cyprus Well subject to discussion with the Trust.

Fuelling the Flame

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Speakeasy with The Writers’ Block


Well, our February Speakeasy brought a great mix of work shared in many a way. So, we just had to get another one in place and here it is.

Thursday 26 April 2018, 6.30-8.30pm

Are you a storyteller, a poet, a fictional writer, a comic or perhaps a musician? Well, this is where we want you! Come and experience some of Cornwall’s up and coming writing talent and discover the new. Do you want your ears tickled? Then this is the place to satisfy the need, have a good listen and discover what else is out there.

A showcase and sharing event for emerging and young writers. Mid teens, into adulthood and beyond! Short stories, poetry, song and spoken word.

To get involved contact: betty.davies@keap.org.uk

To listen, book your free place at www.crbo.co.uk

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Mayes Creative Opportunities and Workshops

Spring 2018:

LAILA DIALLO Choreographic CPD Masterclass – Dark Skies: Bright Stars

SATURDAY MARCH 3RD 10am-3.30pm

Kensey Hall/Dance Studio (Daniell Road entrance), Truro High School for Girls, Truro Cornwall TR1 2HU As part of the DEEP SPACE project from Mayes Creative’s Dark Skies: Bright Stars programme, join renowned choreographer Laila Diallo working with Cornish dance artist Lois Taylor for a day of creative and choreographic explorations, inspired and informed by the concept of cosmic rays and the night sky.

Enrich your practice through a series of task-based methods to access the body and develop your own choreographic processes through new creative threads in this special shared workshop day with other dancers.

15 places are available at a subsidised rate of just £25 for the day, for full information and to book your place: https://pretix.eu/mayescreative/LailaDaillo/

Dark Skies: Bright Stars from Mayes Creative is kindly supported by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and FEAST Cornwall. www.mayescreative.com


CALL OUT for Community Dance Performers

DEEP SPACE rehearsals and performance on April 21st, Sterts, Liskeard

Join choreographer Lois Taylor and other dancers from the community to help create a unique performance piece forming part of the exciting DEEP SPACE event from Mayes Creative at Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard on Saturday April 21st 2018.

DEEP SPACE from Mayes Creative is part of the Dark Skies: Bright Stars programme supported by Arts Council England, FEAST and Heritage Lottery Fund, and uses data captured from cosmic rays to inspire creative responses exploring our connection to the universe.

Your dance will be shown alongside work by the Sounds Vital community group and the core professional Company of the DEEP SPACE project.

Lois Taylor is a highly experienced choreographer who makes it easy for everyone to get involved and to find their dance. Men and women of all ages and abilities are welcome to join but you must be able to make all rehearsals. Dates for rehearsals are:

Thurs 22 Mar 7-9pm, Sterts Studio

Thurs 29 Mar 7-9pm, Sterts Studio

Sat 8 Apr 10-30-2.30, Linkinhorne Hall, Upton Cross

Sat 14 Apr 10.30-2.30, Linkinhorne Hall, Upton Cross

Fri 20 Apr Sterts potential pm/evening rehearsal

Sat 21 Apr Sterts rehearsal/performance evening

Please contact Lois to register a place: lois@loistaylor.co.uk or 07730 586306



Land’s End Film Weekend: Three-day Artist Film Residential Course in West Cornwall with American practitioner Robert Schaller


Lands End YHA, Cot Valley, Letcha Vean, St Just-in-Penwith TR19 7NT

A unique three-day creative filmmaking workshop, led by visiting American film artist Robert Schaller and responding to the dark skies, bright stars, Neolithic sites and landscape of Penwith in the far west of Cornwall, takes place this spring.

The residency from 5th to 7th May is part of the DARK SKIES: BRIGHT STARS programme from Mayes Creative and is kindly supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, FEAST Cornwall and Arts Council England.

Robert Schaller, an internationally renowned film expert based in Colorado, USA, says: “Penwith in Cornwall has one of the highest concentrations of Neolithic standing stones in the world. ​Spend a long weekend with me as a filmmaker coming to understand and film this transcendent landscape and its ancient stone circles around the Spring quarter day. We will be using non-toxic processes, processing our film in the open air, and investigating unconventional ways to capture images so that they reflect both the nature of the place and of ourselves in it.”

Black and white film, chemistry and processing equipment will all be provided; bring your favourite 16mm/8mm film camera (and some equipment is also available on request).  This will be a long immersive weekend with no other concern but how filmmaking can relate to these extraordinary and beautiful ancient sites.

Workshop fee: £180 individual or £270 company/institution.

Book via https://pretix.eu/mayescreative/lands-end/

Discounted Early Bird B&B accommodation at Lands End YHA in the beautiful Cot Valley can also be booked direct from 4th – 6th May inclusive by emailing bookings@mayescreative.com by March 4th stating nights required and dietary preferences. Alternatively, camping or local accommodation can be found online.

More information at www.mayescreative.com

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North Cornwall Book Festival – Volunteers

The North Cornwall Book Festival 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 operations@ncornbookfest.org 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 www.ncornbookfest.org and www.endelienta.org.uk or by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Gorsedh Kernow 2018


The Celtic spirit of Cornwall

“Let’s all support real Cornish culture” says Grand Bard of Cornwall

Expressing extreme concern at the lack of recognition of the importance of real Cornish culture in Cornwall Council’s recent budget plans and proposals the Grand Bard of Cornwall, Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn has written to the Council urging them to show support wherever possible for this important but often overlooked aspect of Cornish life.

“We recognise that the Council faces a very serious challenge in meeting the budget targets for the next five years,” said the Grand Bard, “but Gorsedh Kernow would nevertheless remind the Council that respecting, promoting and capitalising on Cornwall’s distinct cultural identity is also part of the Council’s business.”

Dr Davey acknowledged the obstacles faced by those who want to show support for Cornish culture in a tangible way, and now encourages people of all ages to take the opportunity to share their creative skills by entering this year’s Gorsedh Kernow Adults Awards and Competitions and Young People’s Awards.

“We enjoyed a very successful Awards evening during the Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture last year,” said the Grand Bard, “and we would really like to build on that success this year at Newquay and make it a regular highlight of the Cornish cultural calendar.”

Awards are given to entries that express the Celtic spirit of Cornwall and demonstrate exceptional endeavour or quality of work, whether it be in the arts, sports, Cornish studies or community service. Designed specially to take an even greater account of Cornish culture, the Awards and Competitions scheme is more flexible and less prescriptive and allows for entrants to demonstrate creativity in a variety of ways, including the use of digital media.

“Our Awards and Competitions scheme is truly open to one and all”, said the Grand Bard, expressing his delight at the support the Gorsedh Kernow scheme was already receiving, “but there is still time for more entries and I strongly encourage everyone to spread the news about real Cornish culture by supporting our work and helping us maintain and grow the Celtic spirit of Cornwall.”

Gorsedh Kernow Awards will be presented at a special evening event on the Thursday during Esedhvos Festival week and prior to the Gorsedh Kernow bardic ceremony at Newquay and award-winners’ work will be shown and displayed during the event, together with selected performances.  Information and entry details for the scheme can be found on the Gorsedh Kernow website www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk

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Rosemary Lee, Choreographer – Artist Talk

Rosemary Lee | Artist Talk at Falmouth University

Wednesday 7 March, 6pm

Free admission, booking required

AMATA, Falmouth University

Rosemary Lee is a choreographer who makes large-scale, site-specific performances, solo works, short films and video installations that explore our relationship to our environment. She trained at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance and writes and lectures internationally.

Rosemary is developing a new performance for Par beach near St Austell, commissioned by CAST and Dance Republic 2. The performance will be presented as part of the Groundwork season of international contemporary art in Cornwall this summer. She will talk about the development of this work and a range of projects from her 30-year career.

This event is organised CAST as part of Groundwork and hosted by AMATA. Talks are open to students and the public. Admission is free but booking is required.

Groundwork is a three-year project bringing international contemporary art to Cornwall, supported by Arts Council England. Field trips, workshops and events during 2016 and 2017 are building towards a season of new commissions and sited work opening in May 2018.

For more information about Groundwork visit: groundwork.art

Book via: www.amata.org.uk/rosemarylee

CAST website event page: http://c-a-s-t.org.uk/event/rosemary-lee-artist-talk-falmouth-university/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2006632736241719/

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