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CPD for Drama and English Teachers

Cornwall College St Austell are really excited to be able to present this fantastic event. In conjunction with Miracle Theatre Company they have organised a continual professional development opportunity for teachers and practitioners. They hope that you will be able to join them, not only to be able to refresh your skills but also to allow you to connect more with others in the profession.

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Young People’s Poetry Competition – Charles Causley Trust

To celebrate the work of Charles Causley and to encourage young writers to follow in his footsteps, the Charles Causley Trust is again organising this popular annual prize for 2018. It’s free to enter and is open to all young people, aged 5-18, living in Cornwall.

Often described as ‘the greatest poet laureate we never had,’ Charles Causley was a poet of place and people. He spent most of his writing life among the scenes of his childhood in and around the small Cornish town of Launceston where he was born. Known for charity and a penchant for rhymes, his poems were popular with a huge and varied readership making him, in the words of his friend and fellow poet Ted Hughes, ‘one of the best-loved and most needed’ poets of the last 50 years.

Read Charles Causley’s poetry and be inspired to write your own poem on this year’s theme, ‘the Cornish countryside.’

Discover more, Charles Causley Poetry Competition

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Appeal to get Young People Writing

Paper Nations works in partnership with writers and educators across the UK to share and develop resources that give all children the opportunity to access regular high quality creative writing support.

One of the largest barriers facing young people who show potential in creative writing is knowing what support is on offer. To overcome this, Paper Nations in partnership with Bath Spa University, the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) and Bath Festivals, is asking front line staff and industry experts to share events and current information on creative writing opportunities for children and young people happening in their area or online.

Discover more online with RIO and Paper Nations.


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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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